May 3, 2016| 517

When Is an Airplane Pilot a Passenger?

Tori B. Mensching Regulations can be tricky and sometimes downright confusing. Test your knowledge to see if you would make the same decisions this airplane pilot made in the example below. Would you make the same mistake? The Scenario Mark is an instrument rated private pilot who hasn’t flown at night in a while. He wants to fly his wife and two kids …

April 28, 2016| 401

How To Handle a Plane Crash as Pilot-in-Command

A plane crash involving mountains, ground or other airplanes make for a lousy end to a flight. Vern Weiss Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be Pilot-in-Command of a plane crash ? Just because we don’t like to talk about them doesn’t mean they don’t happen and accidents come in all sizes. Some are surprises such as …

April 26, 2016| 1

How To Fly In Special Use Airspace

John Peltier Does Special Use Airspace (SUAS) scare you? If you see a Restricted Area on the chart, will you always just avoid the restricted airspace because you don’t even want to think about dealing with getting a clearance through there? Avoiding all types of Special Use Airspace because you don’t want to deal with the “hassle”, or don’t know how …

April 23, 2016| 345

The Pilot’s Ability to Self-Assess Pilot Fatigue

Unsolved Issues: Part 1, Amber Berlin The FAA’s final rule on pilot fatigue places more responsibility on the pilot by making fatigue a joint responsibility between pilots and certificate holders (i.e. the employers). This stated responsibility is designed to curb the pilot’s desire to stay out too late and become overly fatigued. However, pilot fat …

April 20, 2016| 221

Falling Back On Pilotage After an Equipment Failure

Shawn Arena Hello, and welcome back to another installment of one of my ‘lessons learned’ stories from personal flying experiences over the years. This story illustrates “ always have a Plan ‘B’ when Plan ‘A’ fails, ” and the usefulness of learning navigation techniques like pilotage and dead reckoning. Another Breakfast Trip to Northern Arizona Like a …

April 15, 2016| 644

What Makes Us Aviation Professionals?

A Summary of Qualifications, Ethics, and Responsibility Amber R. Berlin I catch the look exchanged between the pilot and his cargo as they board their commercial flight to Los Angeles. Can we trust you? This unspoken request hangs in the air, each gaze finally broken by the crowd pressing forward to find their seats. A few of the passengers here are …

April 13, 2016| 401

Aviation Safety: Just Fly the Plane

Welcome back to the fourth installment of one of my ‘lessons learned’ stories from personal flying experiences over the years that highlight aviation safety . This story reinforces that age-old aviation adage: “Just Fly the Plane!” Shawn Arena A Breakfast Trip to Northern Arizona This story occurs circa 1996-97. I was working as the Noise Abatement Off …

April 12, 2016| 1 1

What Are the Aircraft Annual Inspection Requirements?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady The aircraft annual inspection that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration is a straightforward process that is not difficult to conduct. However, difficulties can arise when the mechanic that is hired to perform the aircraft annual inspection is neither familiar with the process nor capable of keeping track of the t …

April 8, 2016| 396

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 …

April 5, 2016| 325

How Not To Impress a Friend With Carburetor Icing

Shawn Arena Welcome back for another installment of one of my ‘lessons learned’ stories from my personal flying experiences over the years. This particular story, about carburetor icing, could have just as well been sub-titled: “How do you un-declare an emergency?” A Beautiful Flying Day with a Beautiful Friend Our story this time takes place in the s …

April 1, 2016| 830

Do You Know How To Give PIREPs?

John Peltier Pilot reports (PIREPs) are an integral part of the aviation meteorological network. They’re used to assess the accuracy of weather reported by automated stations and instrumentation. Other pilots use them to make important decisions on the ground and in the air. FSS uses them to brief pilots. ATC uses PIREPs to sequence traffic around u …

March 31, 2016| 491

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 …

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