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ADS-B Flight Tracking Opt-Out

ADS-B Flight Tracking Opt-Out

Flying under the radar while still on the radar Whenever I would hear the call sign “Dot Com”, I thought it belonged to a fleet of aircraft owned by a computer website company. That is, until I became a Dot Com myself. Turns out the “Dot Com” was jus...

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FAA Regulations: New AD addresses Limits to Certain Collins TCAS Use

FAA Regulations: New AD addresses Limits to Certain Collins TCAS Use

FAA regulations cause an AD that limits TCAS usage in certain aircraft FAA regulations have caused an Airworthiness Directive issuance requiring operating limitations on the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) used in Collins FDSA-6500 flight d...

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Aviation Weather Warnings from ATC

Aviation Weather Warnings from ATC

Aviation weather warnings - do we need all this info now? It was a dark and stormy night…. well, it was a dark and stormy afternoon. A steady chatter of pilots requested deviations and unscheduled climbs and descents due to less than ideal aviation w...

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Flight Planning Apps: Part II

Flight Planning Apps: Part II

Flight planning apps can help keep flights safe Continuing from my last post , here are numbers 7 through 12 of flight planning apps designed to make flight planning, and life, easier and safer for pilots. Windy is an app with stunning visualizations...

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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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Aviation Flight Planning to Unfamiliar Airports

Aviation Flight Planning to Unfamiliar Airports

Aviation flight planning gets help with a new app  The boss wanted to go to Telluride for a ski trip last winter. No problem, I thought. A little aviation flight planning and off we’d go. Well…. back up a little - the more I read about Telluride...

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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 Training Features

GPS Navigation Training Features

GPS navigation gets easier with training features GPS navigation has created a huge leap forward in situational awareness for pilots, and for the most part, the programing of a GPS is intuitive. But certain features take a little more thought to unde...

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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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Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical may be affected by one of the main aspects aviation There has been plenty of research regarding the connection between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and flying, but it seems to be mainly focused on passengers of long distance flights....

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Filing A Flight Plan With Foreflight: Part II

Filing A Flight Plan With Foreflight: Part II

Online Aviation Flight Planning Part I in our Aviation Flight Planning Series was about the initial steps required to prepare a flight plan using the ForeFlight application. In Part II, we’ll discuss the steps required to bring it all together, inclu...

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Aviation Flight Planning with ForeFlight: Part I

Aviation Flight Planning with ForeFlight: Part I

Online Aviation Flight Planning I have been using ForeFlight for the flying portion of my trips for what feels like forever, but I must admit, I’ve never used it for aviation flight planning until now. I guess that’s because I had no idea how to do m...

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Aviation Weather: Racing Thunderstorms

Aviation Weather: Racing Thunderstorms

Races Against Aviation Weather Can End with a Win for Mother Nature I felt like Brittany Spears singing “Whoops, I did it again”.... Mother nature was about to challenge us to a race, like she has many times before. A race between us and aviation wea...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part 4: Sirius XM

Aviation Weather Radar Part 4: Sirius XM

In Part 4 of this aviation weather series, we will be discussing the advantages and limitations of Sirius XM weather for pilots.  First, a quick reminder: ALL data link weather radar comes with a delay, and as such, it is to be used only for ove...

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International Operations Tutorials are Changing and Growing

International Operations Tutorials are Changing and Growing

International Operations options are increasing, but this means less work for you We’ve read the notes, listened to the calls, and even gone through the subject ourselves; we’re happy to announce that our International Operations plant is growing!&nb...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part 2: Base v Composite Reflectivity

Aviation Weather Radar Part 2: Base v Composite Reflectivity

Aviation Weather Radar: Base vs. Composite Reflectivity In Part 2 of our series on Aviation Weather Radar, we’re going to discuss the distinction between base and composite reflectivity. I’ve seen these two options on apps like Foreflight, but I neve...

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GPS Navigation System Failure Grounds Hundreds of Flights

GPS Navigation System Failure Grounds Hundreds of Flights

A GPS navigation failure requires some pilots to contact FAA preflight and restrict flight height The FAA has reported a widespread problem with the GPS/ADS-B System over this past weekend and hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result. Delt...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part I:  Attenuation

Aviation Weather Radar Part I: Attenuation

Aviation Weather Radar: Attenuation With the recent outbreak of severe weather in the Central United States, this is probably  a good time to talk about aviation weather radar. The advancement in radar technology has been amazing in recent years...

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