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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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The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

Last week my co-pilot and I were climbing through FL310, casually discussing the events of the day, when we were suddenly interrupted by the bright glare of the HYDRAULIC PUMP warning light. As always, I took a deep breath to give myself a few second...

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International Aircraft Security: Assessing and Preventing Threats

International Aircraft Security: Assessing and Preventing Threats

International security for corporate aviation flight crew. The ability for flight crew to assess and prevent threats during international operations can be the difference between a safe and unsafe flight. Different threats may arise based on the diff...

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Aircraft Maintenance Ladder Safety

Aircraft Maintenance Ladder Safety

Avoid unnecessary injury and join us in our pledge for safer practices involving ladders. Ladders seem like a safe and relatively harmless tool to use while performing maintenance. Although this is true, if used improperly, a ladder can result in emp...

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The Importance of the Preflight Checklist

The Importance of the Preflight Checklist

It happens to everyone, but here’s why you shouldn’t skip your preflight checklist: All pilots understand they are supposed to review and perform the preflight checklist before every flight, but eventually it just becomes repetitive to the point that...

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Break the Mold: Upgrade Your Passenger Briefing

Break the Mold: Upgrade Your Passenger Briefing

Raising the bar for passenger briefings. There are the routine briefings to give passengers (when to fasten seatbelts, smoking rules, etc.), but what sets apart a great passenger briefing from one that just explains what is required of you? There is ...

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Flight Attendant Tips for Working with Passengers

Flight Attendant Tips for Working with Passengers

The Passenger is Always Right… Mostly. We promised customer service centered blogs for the month, so this blog is centered around flight attendant good practices. Good interpersonal communication skills and self-care (i.e. yes, you need a full night’...

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Service with a Smile: It's the Little Things

Service with a Smile: It's the Little Things

Customer Service Tips for the Aviation Industry Since April is Customer Service Month, let’s start the CTS  blogs for the month with general customer service tips. Every crew member can make a difference in the flight experience for the customer...

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Hot Dog! 3 Safety Tips for Hot Refueling Procedures

Hot Dog! 3 Safety Tips for Hot Refueling Procedures

Hot, Hot, Hot Refueling As many pilots know, refueling the aircraft while the engines are still running, also known as “hot refueling,” can potentially be a high-risk situation without properly trained personnel. Although hot refueling may be the mos...

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Get the Load Down on Forklift Safety

Get the Load Down on Forklift Safety

Accident Prevention, One Load at a Time The Forklift Truck Operation Standard follows OSHA guidelines to prevent accidents in the workplace. With 85 forklift related fatalities per year, it is important to recognize and follow these standards. In ord...

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