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Pilot Training for the Infrequent Surprises

Pilot Training for the Infrequent Surprises

Pilot training with more surprise may help avoid in-fight mistakes A friend of mine is working on a presentation for an aviation course and he wanted me to review his powerpoint before he turned it in. The subject was the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accid...

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Uncontrolled Airport Procedures Including other Traffic

Uncontrolled Airport Procedures Including other Traffic

No matter your altitude at an uncontrolled airport, you can’t go wrong looking out for other aircraft A while back, I was waiting for a friend at a small, uncontrolled airport when I overheard a lesson between a student pilot and his very experienced...

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Part 91 Operators - Record High Fatalities in 2019

Part 91 Operators - Record High Fatalities in 2019

For 2019 Part 91 fatalities exceeded Part 135 by a wide margin, what does training have to do with it? A few months ago I read an article about the disturbing record number of fatalities for Part 91 business aviation in 2019 (record high, just to be ...

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Contact Approach from an IFR Flight Plan

Contact Approach from an IFR Flight Plan

Contact approaches - what are they, and are they worth it? Does anyone really know what a contact approach is? Does anyone really care, or even ask for one in real life? I certainly haven’t and I’ve never heard anyone else ask for one either.  T...

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Pilot Training in the Expanded Envelope

Pilot Training in the Expanded Envelope

E3 pilot training adds exposure to areas pilots may not usually fly The FAA has published its new guidance for pilot training deadlines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we’re not going to turn int...

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SMS and C-FOQA Combine to Enhance Aviation Safety

SMS and C-FOQA Combine to Enhance Aviation Safety

The ability of an SMS to identify and eliminate hazards in corporate aviation may get a boost According to the FAA, the definition of a Safety Management System (SMS) is a “formal, top-down, organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assu...

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Single-Pilot Resource Management

Single-Pilot Resource Management

Single-pilot resource management can be lonely and stressful I flew single pilot for an air medical operation for over 10 years and I can promise you, it’s a very lonely place to be when things start to unravel. Looking at the empty seat next to you ...

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Does your Aviation Weather Briefing Include Smoke and Ash?

Does your Aviation Weather Briefing Include Smoke and Ash?

Aviation weather briefings that include smoke and ash in wildfire areas can help keep the smoke out of your eyes Flying over or through the smoke and ash of a major wildfire is something that you won’t soon forget. Unfortunately, wildfire seasons are...

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Tracking Drones within the National Aviation Airspace System

Tracking Drones within the National Aviation Airspace System

Unidentified drones in aviation airspace will now be more identifiable with a new FAA rule to track drones Last year, unidentified drones were flying in groups of ten or more in Colorado...at night. The FAA is trying to locate the person (or people) ...

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ILS Approach Safety Increases with Wearable HUDs

ILS Approach Safety Increases with Wearable HUDs

ILS approach safety may increase with advances to head-up display technology I saw a car commercial the other day that described the safety benefits of its Head-up Display (HUD) technology and I remember thinking it must be nice to be able to afford ...

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RVSM: Respect the Airspace

RVSM: Respect the Airspace

Avoiding RAs in RVSM Airspace I just read an article about how a triple Resolution Advisory (RA) event recently occurred in RVSM Airspace. I honestly don’t know why this doesn’t happen daily - one thousand feet of separation is not very much and if p...

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Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Flying into an uncontrolled airport certainly isn’t an ideal time for radio failure I experienced my first radio failure the other day. It was more like total radio static - but it was enough that we couldn’t hear anything that the controller was say...

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Crew Resource Management: A Wild Ride At O’hare

Crew Resource Management: A Wild Ride At O’hare

Crew Resource Management when it works well, works well Quick. You just landed. You press on the brakes and…nothing happens. No brakes, no airbrakes, no reverse. Nothing. What’s your next move? What would you do? Sounds like a bad simulator training ...

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Crew Resource Management: Does A “Weird Feeling” Count?

Crew Resource Management: Does A “Weird Feeling” Count?

Crew Resource Management may include listening to your gut Imagine screaming down the runway at 100 knots, fully expecting the nose to lift off, but nothing is happening. Now imagine that you’re the pilot not flying (PNF) and you don’t know WHY the n...

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Advanced Pilot Training for the Low Time Pilot

Advanced Pilot Training for the Low Time Pilot

Pilot training classes don’t account for flight experience There is a new trend in pilot training that I had the chance to witness first hand in my initial Falcon 2000 Type Rating class. I must admit, this new trend makes me uneasy on multiple levels...

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Pilot Training for Rejected Takeoff

Pilot Training for Rejected Takeoff

Pilot training for rejected takeoff works best when you follow through on your own briefing There I was, halfway through initial pilot training for the Falcon 2000. It was rejected take-off day in the simulator, a maneuver that has always been relati...

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Pilot Training: The Controllability Check

Pilot Training: The Controllability Check

Pilot training that includes the controllability check can help ready pilots for mid air incidents Have you ever considered what you would do if you suddenly became a test pilot in the aircraft you have been flying for years? It can happen in the bli...

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Aviation Airspace Corrupted by Holiday Laser-Light Displays

Aviation Airspace Corrupted by Holiday Laser-Light Displays

FAA warns pilots of increased laser strikes from holiday displays infecting aviation airspace I love driving around in my car during the holidays, looking at the beautiful laser light displays in the neighborhoods near my house. Unfortunately, the FA...

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Pilot Training: When to Reject Reject Reject!

Pilot Training: When to Reject Reject Reject!

What do you do when not all pilot training is the same for something like aborted takeoffs? Ask 100 pilots the question, “Who has the authority to call for an abort?” and you may get 100 different answers. Well, not 100 different answers, but heated ...

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Single Pilot Resource Management: “BFAT” for Safety

Single Pilot Resource Management: “BFAT” for Safety

“BFAT” When it Comes to Single Pilot Resource Management  It’s tricky transitioning from being a part of a 2-pilot crew to being all alone up there. Most of my career was spent as an airline pilot “crew member” with 2 (or 3) of us flying the pla...

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