Monthly Archives: December 2015

CFI Brief: Favorite Aviation Videos from 2015

Happy New Year! I think we’ve accomplished enough learning for the year right? Let’s take a break on the last day of 2015 and check out some cool videos from the last 12 months in aviation. First up, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner practicing for the Paris Airshow. The life of a corporate pilot, non-stop adrenaline […]

Weather: Fronts

Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re used to what’s generally characterized as “bad” weather. And since we’re setting regional rainfall records right now, let’s talk about weather. Specifically, fronts. As an air mass moves across bodies of water and land, it eventually comes into contact with another air mass with different characteristics. The boundary […]

CFI Brief: Santa One

Attention to all pilots who will be flying on Christmas Eve (December 24th). ASA recommends that you remain extra vigilant and on the lookout for Santa Claus and his nine-reindeer-powered sleigh (call sign: Santa One) as they make their round-the-world multi-stop mission. The sleigh is easily identifiable by a single red navigation light fixed upon […]

Editor’s Picks: Stocking Stuffers

Need a stocking stuffer or a last minute gift idea for that pilot in your life? We’ve got you covered! These are some of our favorite things: Flight Notes This set of 3, 48-page notebooks is the perfect pocket reference for any pilot. Each notebook contains quick reference aviation facts including lists, tables, and graphs […]

CFI Brief: Procedural Compliance

Procedural compliance is defined as following the appropriate procedure at the appropriate time. It has become a hot button issue as of late due to the increased number of accidents resulting from a lack of procedural compliance in the cockpit. The NTSB has recently released a video highlighting the importance of procedural compliance. It’s informative […]

Editor’s Picks: Holiday Favorites

Today I’d like to recommend three great holiday gifts for pilot’s. Along with covering everything an aviation professional or aspiring aviator needs for their advancement, ASA has a large aviator’s library of books by pilots for pilots ranging from history, to best practices, to personal accounts. Making Perfect Takeoffs & Landings  by Ron Fowler Making Perfect […]

CFI Brief: Airport Markings, Figure 65

Today I would like to discuss a specific figure in the Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot (FAA-CT-8080-2F). If you are unfamiliar with this testing supplement it is a book of legends and figures of which some questions on the knowledge exam will refer to. You should become familiar with […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Taxiing

Today’s post comes from Bob Gardner’s The Complete Private Pilot. Strong gusty winds can make taxiing a chore, and mishandling the controls might result in loss of control. You must understand how to use the controls so that the wind cannot get beneath the wing or tail surfaces and cause you to drag a wing […]

Aircraft Systems: Engine cooling and exhaust systems

A few weeks ago we started talking about how your engine stays cool while producing intense heat. We’ll follow up that post this week with more on an airplane’s cooling and exhaust systems. Check out the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge for more on this and other easy-to-read descriptions of need-to-know flying subjects. While the […]

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