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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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Runway Incursion Avoidance

Runway Incursion Avoidance

Importance of runway incursion avoidance. Runway incursions have become one of the biggest safety concerns in aviation. The FAA has implemented several programs since 2000 to help reduce the occurrence of accidents during surface operations. Most run...

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Recognizing Undeclared Hazardous Material

Recognizing Undeclared Hazardous Material

Dangers of transporting hazardous material. In June of 2017, the FAA recommended a $1.1 million civil penalty against Braille Battery, Inc for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. Braille Battery, Inc had shipped lithium batteries wit...

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Unruly Passengers

Unruly Passengers

What you need to know for safer flights. Passenger incidents have been on the rise in recent years. In 2009, the International Civil Aviation Organization recognized unruly passengers as an important issue. Unruly passengers can often create situatio...

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Soft field landings: Benefits, hazards, and quirks

Soft field landings: Benefits, hazards, and quirks

How often do you practice soft field landings? How well could you execute one should the opportunity arise? Depending on your operation, it’s likely that you don’t make soft-field landings on a daily basis. But situations may arise where knowing how ...

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Seeing what's there: Is your fuel contaminated?

Seeing what's there: Is your fuel contaminated?


It can be easy to miss subtle, or even large amounts of fuel contamination. Can you spot slight differences in fuel quality? If aircraft ran on water, the aviation industry would look very different, indeed. But aircraft exhibit a distinctly negative...

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It starts with a spark: staying safe during aircraft refueling

It starts with a spark: staying safe during aircraft refueling

Aircraft refueling may be a routine practice, but don’t become complacent. Make sure you’re attentive to all safety precautions, every time. While goal in fueling an aircraft is obviously to, eventually, accomplish flight with that fuel, there are tw...

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Say again? Tips for better ATC communication

Say again? Tips for better ATC communication

Busy airspace, non-standard phraseology, and simple human misunderstandings can make ATC communication a headache. But it doesn’t have to be. A new pilot speaking to air traffic control for the very first time will likely find the conversation nervew...

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Flying With EFBs: Taking It All With You

Flying With EFBs: Taking It All With You

Electronic Flight Bags, or EFBs, provide a myriad of benefits to pilots who are well-versed in their use and care. It cannot be understated how useful an Electronic Flight Bag, or EFB, can be for a pilot. EFBs can drastically reduce workload, improve...

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Runway Braking From Good to Nil: Contaminated Runway Safety

Runway Braking From Good to Nil: Contaminated Runway Safety

Runway operations continue to be one of the most vital safety-related topics for both the FAA and the aviation community at large. No matter the conditions, the most critical moments of flight occur on and around the runway, making good preparation a...

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