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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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Don't Just Wing It: Remaining Calm During Emergency Situations

Don't Just Wing It: Remaining Calm During Emergency Situations

Cool, Calm, and Collective . Earlier this week we brought you a blog on how to better prepare for emergency procedures. Now, we wanted to share with you some tips on how to remain calm when in an emergency situation. Below are a few ways that you can...

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Don't Just Wing It: Preparing for Emergency Situations

Don't Just Wing It: Preparing for Emergency Situations

Tips for Pilot Emergency Preparedness. A 2015 study tested pilots in a Boeing 747 simulator on the pilots’ emergency preparedness. The case study revealed that “ all eighteen pilots performed impeccably, providing the correct response for each emerge...

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How to Calm Down Anxious Passengers

How to Calm Down Anxious Passengers

Nothing to fear [while flying], but fear itself. Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias around. In fact, 20% of the population says that fear of flying inhibits their work and social lives. Sensing when passengers are anxious to fly and hel...

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Flightcrew: Addressing In-Flight Requests from Difficult Passengers

Flightcrew: Addressing In-Flight Requests from Difficult Passengers

“Put yourself in the customer’s shoes but never lose your authority,” says one aviation industry insider on difficult passengers. As flight crewmembers, you have to be prepared for all types of scenarios when dealing with passengers from the prefligh...

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Whiskey Compass: Fact vs Fiction

Whiskey Compass: Fact vs Fiction

What’s in a name? There are many rumors as to how the magnetic compass, found in the cockpit of many aircraft, became known as the ‘whiskey compass.’ Some say it was dubbed the whiskey compass to remind pilots to refill the compass fluids with t...

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Arctic Flying: Part 2

Arctic Flying: Part 2

Whiteout and Flat Light Considerations As we know from our previous blog (see Arctic Flying: Part 1 ), there are many optical hazards while flying in the Arctic region. The snow covered ground combined with overcast or extremely sunny conditions can ...

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'Climb/Descend via' Phraseology: What it Really Means

'Climb/Descend via' Phraseology: What it Really Means

Brushing up on SID and STAR ATC Communications On February 21, 2018, the NBAA posted an article asking operators to pay more attention to SID procedures, particularly those at Teterboro (TEB) and Henderson Executive (HND) airports, When “climb via” a...

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