June 30, 2016| 318

Understanding and Practicing Basic Flight Maneuvers

It’s important to understand the purpose behind teach and learning certain  basic flight maneuvers . Jennifer Roth With technology continually changing in the aviation world, flying airplanes has become more automated. With glass panel navigation to autopilot controls, the pilot can at times seem ALMOST not necessary. However, we all know that is …

May 3, 2016| 217

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 29, 2016| 138

How My Aviation Knowledge Helped Air Force One

Honor, Duty, Country … and Flying? Shawn Arena Hello again! Hopefully, my prior adventures have been interesting and informational for all readers; this one, however, while not describing any daring or skillful airmanship on my part (ok, my opinion), it does provide one of the most unique experiences I have ever been part of … and flying (or ra …

April 25, 2016| 183

Understanding How to Fly a Commercial Plane

A vastly different world exists when transitioning from flying small planes to understanding how to fly a commercial plane. Vern Weiss You’ve been grinding away making yourself marketable to large jet companies. Until now, your sphere has been light planes weighing only a few thousand pounds. The phone rings. You’ve been selected for an u …

April 18, 2016| 4

Different Ways of Checking Your VOR Receiver

John Peltier When was the last time you checked your VOR receiver? As an IFR pilot , how often are you required to do this test? What about as a VFR pilot? Are you required to check your VOR receiver? The answer for VFR pilots is, well, no you’re not required to check your VOR receiver . That doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea. And for IFR pilots , h …

April 16, 2016| 498

When Is a Private Pilot Ready to Fly With Family and Friends?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Prior to making the decision to take family and friends flying , a new or recently licensed private pilot should carefully review the appropriate FAA Regulations under Sec. 61.113 ,  Private pilot privileges and limitations: Pilot in command as follows : (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) through (h) of this section, no person …

April 13, 2016| 163

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 1, 2016| 395

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| 202

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 22, 2016| 322

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| 208

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 …

February 27, 2016| 96

Aviation Degree Programs: Taking a Look at What’s Available

Mark Overman Getting started in the aviation industry can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a newcomer and have caught the aviation bug . Fortunately, there are great aviation degree programs that are tailored to both pilots and non-pilots. When selecting a training program there two main considerations we will discuss. The first is a question …

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