## Monthly Archives: October 2014

### CFI Brief: Latitude and Longitude

This week’s focus on the blog is aeronautical charts, specifically charts designed for VFR pilots. An overview of the Terminal, Sectional, and World Aeronautical charts was given in Mondays post and can be found here. Each one of these charts provides a wealth of aeronautical information on airports, airways, airspace, special use airspace, and even […]

This introduction to aeronautical charts comes from the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, a foundational text for any student pilot. An aeronautical chart is the road map for a pilot flying under VFR. The chart provides information which allows pilots to track their position and provides available information which enhances safety. The three aeronautical charts […]

### CFI Brief: What causes weather?

The theory of weather is a complex yet intriguing topic to discuss. It’s often joked that by the time you complete training you’re an amateur meteorologist. Joke or not, that statement is fairly accurate. Weather can be one of the key factors in determining a go/no-go decision and to make an accurate assessment it is […]

### Weather: Americas Weather Regions, California

The United States of America has some diverse weather patterns. Thomas A. Horne‘s book Flying America’s Weather gives you a view of different weather regions around the U.S. from a pilots view. Here is an excerpt from the book discussing weather in the region of California: For pilots or any other student of meteorology, the state […]

### CFI Brief: Newton

It’s been a few days since I last posted; I believe we left off discussing Bernoulli’s principal as it relates to lift. Today, I want to discuss another important mathematician/physicist from around the same time, Sir Isaac Newton. Sir Newton came up with what is known today as Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. The law […]

### Aerodynamics: Construction Part 3

This is the third part of our three part series about aircraft construction, which will be covering landing gear, propeller, engine, and lights. You can learn about the fuselage, wings, and empennage in Part 1, and the flight controls in Part 2. This excerpt comes from Bob Gardner‘s The Complete Private Pilot. Landing Gear The […]

### Aerodynamics: Construction Part 2

This is the second part of our three part series about aircraft construction, which will cover flight controls. You can learn about the fuselage, wings, and empennage here in Part 1. This excerpt comes from Bob Gardner‘s The Complete Private Pilot. Flight Controls Fore-and-aft movement of the control wheel or stick is transmitted by pushrods […]

### Aerodynamics: Construction Part 1

Experienced pilots know their aircraft inside and out, knowing the function of even very minor parts. Here are some of the most important parts of an airplane as described by Bob Gardner in The Complete Private Pilot: Fuselage The fuselage (or cabin, in most modern airplanes) is the basic structure to which the wings and […]

### Right-of-Way

Today’s post is inspired by a cartoon from flight instructor Mark Rowe. However unlikely you would encounter this scenario in real life, these overtly specific rules are in place to guarantee safety for all aviators. Let’s take a look at the specifics, which are detailed in our 2015 Private Pilot Test Prep: An aircraft in […]