April 8, 2016| 925

The Reasons Behind Male and Female Pilot Error

Despite the different reasons for male and female pilot error , cockpit resource management can make single-pilot flying almost as safe as in a two-pilot environment. Vern Weiss In the 1970s there was a rash of airline accidents. This was particularly startling because the accidents did not involve inexperienced flight crews but, instead, professional …

March 31, 2016| 1

Flight Safety: Breaking the Chain of Events

Shawn Arena Throughout my years in aviation, I’ve encountered a variety of situations in which by making the right decision , I avoided potential and real danger. And in the name of flight safety, I’d like to share another one of those stores here. This is a story that involves a chain of events that literally caused the hair on my arms t …

March 28, 2016| 3

Why IFR Flight Training Should Come After Your License

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Any pilot who has been flying for a while has experienced flights delays due to weather conditions, and without having an instrument rating , those delays can stretch into hours or even into days. These delays can cause many pilots to make go no-go decisions that are not so good. So the benefit of a pilot having an instrume …

March 26, 2016| 1

Halley’s Comet and the Go No-Go Decision

Shawn Arena Over the years, I’ve had a lot of memorable flying experiences. And hopefully, by sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned, it will help other aviators in the future be able to make the decisions that will help them fly more safely. I hope you enjoy reading these stories! Making The Go No-Go Decision I don’t profess to be an astronomer or cosmic expert, but when the appearance of a celestial event like Halley’s Comet comes around, it does capture my interest. March 2, 1986 was right in the middle of the observation window to see Halley’s Comet, its last recorded appearance. Since I most likely won’t be around to see the next appearance in 2062, the 1986 event captured my attention. Some quick backstory to set the scene: I earned my private pilot certificate in April 1984, so by the time March 1986 rolled around, I began to feel like a ‘real’ aviator. The flight school I earned my certificate at was based at John Wayne / Orange County Airport (SNA) in southern California. During the last week of February, they hosted an aviation safety seminar (i.e. FAA Wings credit, type program). At the end of the session, a young (and eager I must add) flight instructor approached me and asked if I was interested in joining him and another student on an ‘observation’ flight of Halley’s Comet. They were to be flying a Piper Archer (N81918). Well, I was biased at that time to Cessna aircraft, because that is the aircraft type I was most comfortable flying. And besides, I make a terrible passenger in a small aircraft if I am not flying. Finally, add to that the fact that I didn’t know either of them really well. So, I kindly turned down his offer – a decision I would treasure for the rest of my life! Grace, Fate, Not My Time – The Result of My Go No-Go Decision Since March 2nd was a Sunday, the following day was a typical work day. About 10:00 AM I received a call at work from a friend […]

March 25, 2016| 4

How Crew Resource Management Makes Flying Safer

Vern Weiss On December 29, 1972, an Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 with 176 people aboard crashed in Florida’s Everglades only 3 minutes from touching down at Miami International Airport . Three flight crew members, the Captain, First Officer and Flight Engineer became focused on a landing gear indicator light bulb that was not illuminated. A …

March 22, 2016| 1

Competency vs Proficiency: A Look at Flying Aircraft Safely

When Flying Aircraft, Exceeding Flight Minimums = Maximum Safety in the Skies! Margie O’Connor Competency versus Proficiency. Flying aircraft  competently means you have met the standards. Flying aircraft  proficiently means you’ve taken that extra step to gain a certain comfort level in the cockpit – you’ve refined and built your competenc …

March 21, 2016| 968

Quiz: How Do You Handle Aircraft Radio Communication Problems?

John Peltier You’re ten miles away from your home airport, inbound for landing, and you switch over to the AWOS for a weather check. Nothing. Must not be working. You get closer to the airport and dial up the control tower to inform them of your intentions. No response. After some troubleshooting, you determine that your radio is dead. What do you d …

March 16, 2016| 1

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Aircraft Icing?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady How much do you know about aircraft icing and the conditions that cause it?  Take this quiz, and see how well you do. Aircraft Icing Quiz Questions  _____ ice is lighter than _____ ice, has an irregular shape and a surface roughness that reduces aerodynamic efficiency. The three negative outcomes of aircraft icing on the airplane a …

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