Monthly Archives: July 2015

CFI Brief: Effects of Weight on Performance

So over the last two weeks while away at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I may have overindulged a bit too much in deep fried cheese curds. This has unfortunately resulted in a slight weight increase around my waistline and has more than likely affected my athletic performance. Not to compare myself to an airplane, but […]

Aircraft Performance: Computing Weight and Balance With a Graph

We’ve already introduced the importance of weight and balance consideration during your preflight planning, and touched on using the table method to compute weight and balance problems. Our CFI even walked us through some sample problems back in May. Today we’ll talk about another method, using a graph, to reliably compute weight and balance to […]


We are just about halfway through AirVenture 2015! Team ASA has been having a great time so far networking, meeting our customers, and checking out all the cool planes and exhibits. Come on by if you have not yet had a chance, we are here in Hangar B, booth 2075-2079 to answer any questions and […]

Weather Services: Aviation Area Forecast (FA)

Observed weather condition reports are often used in the creation of forecasts for the same area. A variety of different forecast products are produced and designed to be used in the preflight planning stage. The printed forecasts that pilots need to be familiar with are the terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF), aviation area forecast (FA), inflight […]

CFI Brief: Identifying Clouds

Today we are going to spend some time on the subject of clouds. Understanding the various types of clouds is important to pilots as clouds are direct indicators of the type of weather that one can expect. Having the ability to understand and correlate the meaning of a particular cloud as it relates to weather […]

Weather: Temperature and Atmosphere

Today we’ll think about the effect of temperature on the weather. We’ve covered how solar energy from the sun drives all atmospheric and geological processes on Earth, so now we’ll address it’s role in atmospheric stability. Words and pictures in this post come from the FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. Atmospheric Stability The stability of the […]

CFI Brief: Update to AC 90-109

Advisory Circular 90-109 has been cancelled and updated to 90-109A effective June 29, 2015. For those of you not familiar with this AC, it deals with transitioning to unfamiliar aircraft. As a pilot or instructor this is an important and resourceful document to become familiar with. Research and available data have found that the majority […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Airport Lighting

The majority of airports have some type of lighting for night operations, and the variety and type of lighting systems depends on the volume and complexity of operations at a given airport. We’re going to be examining these types today with help from the FAA‘s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.  Airport beacons help a pilot identify an airport […]

CFI Brief: Pilot Certificates, What’s Right For Me?

Everybody starts off as a student pilot but the next step or progression to a higher level can be a bit confusing to some. You essentially have three choices: Private Pilot Certificate, Recreational Certificate, and Sport Pilot Certificate. Let’s break it down. The student pilot certificate outlined in Part 61 Subpart C is often co-issued by […]

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