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Going Beyond FAA Regulations to Ensure Tire Preservation

Going Beyond FAA Regulations to Ensure Tire Preservation

FAA regulations for your aircraft tires may need extra steps added while you and your aircraft wait Covid-19 is sending many aircraft into extended storage, raising concerns about tire safety. FAA regulations require tire inspections before each flig...

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Pilot Training Should Include Extra Vigilance for Aircraft Coming Out of Maintenance

Pilot Training Should Include Extra Vigilance for Aircraft Coming Out of Maintenance

Pilot training for extra caution when operating an aircraft after performed maintenance could save lives Early in my corporate flying career, I flew a Citation that had just come out of maintenance. We were having a hard time getting it trimmed prope...

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Flight Planning Keeps Getting Easier with New EFB Apps

Flight Planning Keeps Getting Easier with New EFB Apps

Another EFB app is about to make your flight planning, and flying, easier and safer Aviation flight planning is getting easier and easier these days. Appareo has just released its new Stratus Insight EFB App and it’s got some neat features. Insight i...

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Your IFR Flight Plan is Now Easier to Visualize

Your IFR Flight Plan is Now Easier to Visualize

Visualizing your IFR flight plan is getting easier Filing an IFR flight plan into a busy airport with multiple approaches and complicated arrival/departure procedures is a little easier for pilots flying with Garmin avionics. Version 10 has just been...

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Crew Resource Management for All Crews in the Company

Crew Resource Management for All Crews in the Company

Crew resource management is not just for pilots As a professional pilot, I am thoroughly familiar with such terms as crew resource management and situational awareness. I understand the safety benefits associated with these concepts and recognize tha...

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Pilot Training with AQP

Pilot Training with AQP

When it comes to pilot training, pass/fail isn’t a pilot’s favorite way to learn I remember when the weight of the world was lifted off of my airline pilot shoulders. It was the day we learned that the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) was coming ...

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When a Rotor Wing Flight Plan Turns Dangerous

When a Rotor Wing Flight Plan Turns Dangerous

What to do when your flight plan fails and lives are at risk I’ve always been jealous of helicopter pilots. I thought they had it made - in all situations if they didn’t like the way things were going they could always just land in a field or on a ro...

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Pilot training on pushback may reduce nose gear collapses

Pilot training on pushback may reduce nose gear collapses

Pilot training that covers pushback might help avoid accidents similar to a recent Learjet 45 It never hurts to go over some basic aircraft and pilot training procedures, in this case regarding the proper way to pushback. A recent incident report con...

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Pilot Training: Don’t forget the All Mighty Checklist

Pilot Training: Don’t forget the All Mighty Checklist

Pilot training taught us never to skip a checklist item - so why do we? We recently flew the boss between two cities in Tennessee. The flight wasn’t long and we didn’t go very high, but we did learn a valuable lesson that apparently didn’t sink in du...

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A Pilot Training Refresher for Fuel Contamination

A Pilot Training Refresher for Fuel Contamination

Pilot training covers fuel contamination, and it may be time for a refresher Fuel contamination is a serious threat that needs to be considered prior to each and every flight. In fact, it’s so important, we’re actually taught about it during our very...

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Pilot Training: How to Become a Professional Pilot

Pilot Training: How to Become a Professional Pilot

Pilot training may be pricey, but offers multiple areas of employment With the growing pilot shortage, a career in aviation is becoming more appealing to many. However, pilot training is notoriously time consuming and expensive. Luckily there are sev...

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Fuel Contamination Leads to Issuance of New Warnings and “DEF” Labels

Fuel Contamination Leads to Issuance of New Warnings and “DEF” Labels

NATA Issues DEF Stickers to Help Avoid Fuel Contamination Pilots need to be aware of a fuel contamination issue that has led to a serious loss of power on multiple aircraft in recent months. The contamination occurs when ground handlers mistake diese...

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Aviation Flight Planning to Unfamiliar Airports

Aviation Flight Planning to Unfamiliar Airports

Aviation flight planning gets help with a new app  The boss wanted to go to Telluride for a ski trip last winter. No problem, I thought. A little aviation flight planning and off we’d go. Well…. back up a little - the more I read about Telluride...

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Crew Resource Management and “expectations”

Crew Resource Management and “expectations”

Good CRM can help avoid CME (Crew Management Embarrassment) We couldn’t get our engine started the other day, despite numerous attempts to identify the problem using expert crew resource management. Unfortunately, this expert crew, led by yours truly...

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Filing A Flight Plan With Foreflight: Part II

Filing A Flight Plan With Foreflight: Part II

Online Aviation Flight Planning Part I in our Aviation Flight Planning Series was about the initial steps required to prepare a flight plan using the ForeFlight application. In Part II, we’ll discuss the steps required to bring it all together, inclu...

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Aviation Flight Planning with ForeFlight: Part I

Aviation Flight Planning with ForeFlight: Part I

Online Aviation Flight Planning I have been using ForeFlight for the flying portion of my trips for what feels like forever, but I must admit, I’ve never used it for aviation flight planning until now. I guess that’s because I had no idea how to do m...

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Flight Planning: The STAR Gotcha

Flight Planning: The STAR Gotcha

Follow the STAR on the map for flight planning STAR procedures (Standard Terminal Arrivals) were created for flight planning as a way for those equipped with GPS navigation to help ATC streamline arrivals at busy airports. Imagine aircraft arriving f...

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Filing a Flight Plan for Tracking and Safety

Filing a Flight Plan for Tracking and Safety

Filing a flight plan serves a variety of purposes. Air traffic control (ATC) uses flight plans under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) to initiate tracking and routing services. Comparatively, when a flight plan is used under Visual Flight Rules (VFR), i...

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Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Staying Balanced on the Ground and in the Air   A solid understanding of weight and balance is imperative to aircraft performance and remaining safely with the flight envelope. Knowing the definitions and associated concepts help pilots to ensur...

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Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

The Value of Repetition   Norman Vincent Peale is credited with saying that “repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into habit, which repeated frequently enough becomes an automatic reflex”. In the case of flying, having the ...

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