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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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ILS Approach is Not the Time for a Casual Attitude

ILS Approach is Not the Time for a Casual Attitude

An ILS approach taken casually can end in disaster When flying an ILS approach to minimums, situational awareness is critical. But when you’re flying an ILS approach to minimums with inoperative equipment, you better know exactly where you are in rel...

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Pilot Training - Vmc Rollover Maneuvers

Pilot Training - Vmc Rollover Maneuvers

Pilot training may have been a while ago, now may be a good time for a Vmc Rollover refresher The news report said that the King Air pilots were confused about what was happening to the left engine during the takeoff. I wish they knew they only had s...

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The Life Saving Magic of Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

The Life Saving Magic of Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications Confession time…I am the laziest pilot in the world when it comes to uncontrolled airport radio communications. I’ll be busy doing a checklist or programming the FMS as we taxi for takeoff at a quiet, seeming...

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Sun Glare Leads To Accidental Landing In Class D Airspace

Sun Glare Leads To Accidental Landing In Class D Airspace

Sun glare can lead pilots to the wrong airspace - Class D! Oh boy. Another crew landed at the wrong airport ( ACN: 1513320 ) and as luck would have it, the airport was in Class D Airspace. No judgement here! But there are definite lessons to be learn...

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Pilot Training: Don’t Be That Guy!

Pilot Training: Don’t Be That Guy!

Pilot training experience should be taken seriously before releasing control of a flight Have you ever read an accident report that left you wondering about the chain of events that led up to the accident, especially if it was clearly a pilot trainin...

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ILS Approach Briefing: Something To Consider

ILS Approach Briefing: Something To Consider

Include approach lighting in your briefing to avoid huge landing mistakes Quick! How do you know for sure which side of the runway the VASI/PAPI is on? And more importantly, when flying an ILS approach to minimums, do you always BRIEF which side the ...

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Part 91 Takeoff Minimums: Legal vs. Safe

Part 91 Takeoff Minimums: Legal vs. Safe

Takeoff minimums under Part 91 are not always as safe as they are legal Pilots operating under Part 91 rules may legally take off with no forward visibility. Anyone with the proper qualifications and ratings can blast off in dense fog, low clouds or ...

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Class E Airspace Coming in Hot

Class E Airspace Coming in Hot

Clearing up the Class E Airspace Cobwebs Class E airspace is the most common airspace in the United States, but it’s also the trickiest to understand. Class E airspace typically extends up to, but not including,18,000 ft. and then resumes above FL600...

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Class D Airspace Refresher for the Digital Age

Class D Airspace Refresher for the Digital Age

A Class D Airspace Refresher Full disclosure: it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at a sectional chart. Back in the day, it was pretty routine to have a crumpled up High Altitude IFR chart in the side pocket, but a VFR sectional - not so much. In...

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Stressors of Flight: The FAA’s Laser Warning to Pilots

Stressors of Flight: The FAA’s Laser Warning to Pilots

Stressors of flight include laser strikes from the ground Laser strikes on aircraft are up 250% since the FAA started tracking this information in 2010. Because of this, the FAA has put out a resource for pilots regarding laser pointer safety to help...

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GPS Navigation: New ADS-B Pre-flight Procedures

GPS Navigation: New ADS-B Pre-flight Procedures

GPS Navigation Changes With the January 1, 2020 deadline for ADS-B out certification just around the corner, pilots will be required to assess how their GPS Navigation position reporting avionics will perform PRIOR to takeoff for flights within U.S. ...

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Flight Planning without NOTAMS: A Shout to Remember

Flight Planning without NOTAMS: A Shout to Remember

Flight planning without reading NOTAMs may cause you to miss that one quirk at an airport My phone buzzed at 2 AM and I fumbled for the light, desperately trying to wake up and comprehend the dimly lit message. It was a flight request for a trauma pa...

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Crew resource management during training flights

Crew resource management during training flights

Crew resource management can help you be ready for anything in flight Things can go south fast in an airplane. In a blink of an eye you can find yourself scrambling to save your aircraft, or even your life. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, my advice...

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Flight Planning Apps - Using Resources: Part 1

Flight Planning Apps - Using Resources: Part 1

Flight planning is getting easier with online flight apps With all of the aviation apps available these days, it’s hard to know which ones make the most sense for the type of flying you do. There are apps for flight training, weather briefings, fligh...

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FAR and AIM Policies: Bird Strikes

FAR and AIM Policies: Bird Strikes

It’s a bird...flying right towards you - both the FARs and the AIM say your responsible to know it’s there already Wait. Did I read that right? According to both the FARs and the AIM, a pilot can be held responsible when his/her airplane strikes wild...

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GPS Navigation Disruptions...During Flight

GPS Navigation Disruptions...During Flight

GPS Navigation Jamming It’s easy to take GPS navigation for granted, especially since it is becoming such an integral part of modern day aviation. GPS disruption, however, is a growing problem that needs to be recognized and addressed by the aviation...

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Will pilot training need to include weight training?

Will pilot training need to include weight training?

Pilot training that involves physical training Physical strength is rarely an issue in pilot training these days. Because of hydraulics and fly-by-wire systems, modern aircraft can often be flown using just your fingertips, but it hasn’t always been ...

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Flight Training: Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Flight Training: Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Increased use of electronics leads to increased battery fires and the need for more flight training Flight training in today’s electronic environment would not be complete without a discussion on the dangers of lithium ion batteries. These batteries ...

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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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