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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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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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