## Monthly Archives: December 2014

### Calculating Time En Route on the CX-2

Last week, we showed you how to calculate fuel burn using ASA’s CX-2. This week, we’ll show you how to calculate leg time, or time en route, when given distance and groundspeed using the CX-2 flight computer. Have a specific problem you want to see worked out on the CX-2 or one of our E6-B […]

### Calculating Fuel Burn on the CX-2

Today’s post is a video is about how to calculate the amount of fuel used when given the fuel burn rate and time en route using our CX-2 flight computer. The CX-2 complies with Order 8080.6- Conduct of Airman Knowledge Tests, so users are free to bring their CX-2 with them to the testing centers for […]

### CFI Brief: Communications

Communication between pilots and air traffic controllers is crucial to the safe efficient flow of air traffic in the national airspace system. The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) points out that the single most important thing in pilot-controller communication is understanding. It is important when speaking on the radios to not only be clear and concise […]

### Communication Procedures: An Introduction

It can take some time to get the hang of radio communications as a new pilot. However, according to Bob Gardner in his book The Complete Private Pilot, familiarization is key to developing a knack for radio procedures early on. You will learn a lot just by listening on aircraft frequencies to hear how other […]

### CFI Brief: Density Altitude

Monday’s post introduced us into the subject of aircraft performance, focusing on how the environment we fly in, specifically the atmosphere and altitude, can affect the overall performance of the aircraft. Two very important altitudes were discussed; Pressure Altitude and Density Altitude both of which are significant when determining aircraft performance. Be particularly aware when […]

### Aircraft Performance: Introduction to Performance Factors

For today’s post, we have adapted information from the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge to introduce the subject of aircraft performance. Matters of aircraft performance will always be subject to the guidelines of your specific aircraft outlined in the performance or operational information section of the Aircraft Flight Manual/Pilot’s Operating Handbook (AFM/POH). The use of […]

### CFI Brief: METAR

KMYF 031742Z 14003KT 1 1/2SM -RA BR BKN008 OVC012 18/17 A3001 RMK AO2 RAB36 CIG 004V011 P0000 T01780167. Wait, don’t email us yet! I know what you must be thinking, massive typo in today’s blog post. But don’t fret, our editors are not on vacation, this is just an Aviation Routine Weather Report, affectionately known […]

### Weather Services: Observations and Forecasts

Weather information can be divided into two categories: observations, and forecasts. An observation is a snapshot of weather conditions at a stated time; its utility degrades over time. Some observations can be as much as an hour old when you first see them. If your planned trip is four to seven days in the future, […]