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Flight Planning: A dispatcher career can help land a plane

Flight Planning: A dispatcher career can help land a plane

Flight planning and communication with flight dispatchers play an important role in aviation safety Flight dispatchers play an integral role in aviation safety. They are employed by a company or airline and are imperative to mission success. Flight d...

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Flight Performance Help by Maximizing iPad Battery Life

Flight Performance Help by Maximizing iPad Battery Life

The Life of Your iPad Battery The life of your iPad battery is something you probably don’t think about too much when considering flight performance, that is until you’re at that “uh-oh” moment. I notice it mostly on days with multiple legs - and it’...

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CFIT Avoidance: Are you doing everything you should?

CFIT Avoidance: Are you doing everything you should?

CFIT avoidance Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) continues to prove a very real issue in aviation despite continued advances in both pilot training and aircraft technology. In fact, the statistics surrounding CFIT incidents are alarming. On avera...

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The Underutilized Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)

The Underutilized Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)

ODPs place significant responsibility on pilots Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) are underutilized aviation tools - possibly a result of how unfamiliar and uncomfortable many pilots are with them. If obstacles in a departure area require a climb o...

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Single Pilot Resource Management

Single Pilot Resource Management

Planning, managing, and using resources can help avoid unforeseen aircraft accidents Single-pilot resource management (SRM) is the art of managing all onboard and outside resources available to a pilot before and during a flight to help ensure a safe...

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Aircraft Performance: The importance of knowing your aircraft

Aircraft Performance: The importance of knowing your aircraft

Keeping up on Pilot Training If I had to pick my least favorite part of recurrent, it would have to be aircraft performance. It’s usually one of the last things we talk about and it never carries the same urgency as, say, discussing a dual generator ...

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Crew Resource Management and the 737 Max 8

Crew Resource Management and the 737 Max 8

Crew Resource Management and Aeronautical Decision Making An interesting new piece of information has been published about the Lion Air 737 Max 8 accident last October and it is yet another reminder of the life saving benefits of Crew Resource Manage...

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Defining the Critical Engine

Defining the Critical Engine

This week’s blog entry on the critical engine is for our piston and turboprop audience. In single-engine operations, your only engine is the “critical” engine. However, for multi-engine aircraft, the critical engine is commonly defined as the engine ...

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The Decision to go-around

The Decision to go-around

When to stay and when to go When progressing through flight training in the military, a go-around was one of the first maneuvers I learned. At the same time, we are taught that taking a conservative approach to flying is the safer route to take. Ther...

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Midair Collision Avoidance

Midair Collision Avoidance

Remaining safe in the air Midair Collisions (MACs) are one of the greatest threats to pilots even though they are oftentimes preventable. Indeed, by recognizing MACs as a threat and defining and utilizing the see-and-avoid concept, while simultaneous...

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Bird Strike

Bird Strike

What to do in the Event of a Bird Strike Birds are a significant threat to aviation and their presence presents many potential hazards. A bird strike may be so small that it goes completely unnoticed by the crew until the walk around after landing. H...

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Concise Communications in the Air

Concise Communications in the Air

How to make yourself a better, safer pilot. Radio communications are a huge part of a pilot’s daily life. From getting the ATIS broadcast prior to taking off to receiving ground clearance for parking, the reality is that a pilot’s listening and speak...

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Missing the missed approach

Missing the missed approach

It was a dark and snowy night… Our non -tower destination would require an approach through a mountain pass, with an equally precise missed approach back out through the mountains, if necessary. With 2 hours of flying still to go, our 4:00 AM wakeup ...

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OAT, SAT, TAT, RAT…..WAT ????? (I mean WHAT??)

OAT, SAT, TAT, RAT…..WAT ????? (I mean WHAT??)

Part 135 or 91 Temperatures matter beyond OAT Are there really that many ways to measure temperature in an aircraft? And are they all equally important? Now that the temperatures have started to plummet, a review of which values really matter in our ...

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Sterile Cockpit Rules, Regs, and Reminders

Sterile Cockpit Rules, Regs, and Reminders

Are we becoming too lax with the regulation? With sterile cockpit procedures in effect for almost 40 years, has the newness worn off on the regulation or are pilots still taking it as seriously as ever? 2017 was declared the safest year in commercial...

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Cockpit-to-Cabin Communication: What's missing?

Cockpit-to-Cabin Communication: What's missing?

Are you communicating properly with your cabin crew? When it comes to cockpit-to-cabin communication (and vice versa) it’s important to be open and transparent, but sometimes that’s not always how it happens. To hit on these points, we have compiled ...

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Real Talk: Do NOTAMs work?

Real Talk: Do NOTAMs work?

NOTAMbiguity. Although the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other like-minded safety-conscious bodies try to keep airmen as safe as possible, sometimes the way they go about it isn’t the most beneficial or conducive to emergency s...

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The Truth about George: Autopilot Dos and Don'ts

The Truth about George: Autopilot Dos and Don'ts

Too many cooks in the... cockpit? Whether you call him George, Mike, or Otto, having assistance in the cockpit for long flights or heavy workload situations can be extremely helpful and sometimes necessary. Read on for what you should or should not d...

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Autorotation Training Drills a Near Miss?

Autorotation Training Drills a Near Miss?

Does autorotation training do more harm than good to future pilots? We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, but what if practicing an emergency procedure is more dangerous than the emergency itself? In 2011, the FAA Safety Team released an artic...

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How to Combat Loss of Power During Flight

How to Combat Loss of Power During Flight

Don’t shut down, even if the engine does. Although emergency situations of any kind aren’t easy, the scariest of all may be loss of power during flight. Keep reading to learn how to mentally prepare and train for engine failure. Psychological factors...

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