Monthly Archives: February 2016

Weather Services: Radar Weather Reports

Out here in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a saying: if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Whether or not your weather changes as fast as ours does, knowing what to expect is still critical to flight safety. Radar helps us track weather nearly in real-time and make visual sense of what to expect […]

CFI Brief: What’s the deal with fog?

Fog, just like clouds, is formed when invisible water vapor in the atmosphere condenses in the air into visible water droplets. You can best think of fog as simply a cloud that reaches the ground. As a pilot you are bound to encounter fog at some point, probably sooner than later as it is one […]

How to Prepare Mentally for Your Practical Test

Today we’re pleased to feature a guest post from CFI and DPE Jason Blair. Check out his previous contributions to the LTFB here. He writes his own blog at UPDATE: we’ve since posted a follow-up companion blog post on physical preparation. Click here to read it. The stress of a practical test is something […]

CFI Brief: A/FD Legend and Test Questions

That little green book I’m sure you’ve seen lying around the FBO or on the briefing room table in the flight school actually packs a punch. As you learned in Monday’s post, it contains a wealth of crucial information that every pilot requires for pre-flight planning purposes. Just to recap a few key points regarding the […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: The Airport/Facility Directory

Last week, we released the 12th edition of one of our keystone textbooks: The Complete Private Pilot. This week we’ll be covering procedures, and today we’ll introduce the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD).  Here’s what Bob Gardner has to say about it in the latest edition of The Complete Private Pilot. Before setting off on a cross-country flight, […]

CFI Brief: Airman Testing, February Test Roll

It’s the first “Test Roll” of 2016, a process where the FAA implements changes to the FAA Knowledge Exam and announces what’s new and upcoming in airman testing. ASA will incorporate this information in updates to our publications. Some of the more beneficial items to note with February’s Test Roll are outlined below. 1. The FAA […]

What a DPE Wants to See on Your Practical Test Beyond Mechanical Skills

Today we’re pleased to feature a guest post from CFI and DPE Jason Blair. Check out his previous contributions to the LTFB here. He writes his own blog at Every practical test requires that an examiner see the applicant perform all the required maneuvers within established standards. This is really the obvious part of […]

CFI Brief: ADS-B Out Coverage Map

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), or what the FAA is calling the future of air traffic control, is an enhanced aircraft management and tracking technology. This technology is currently available in various locations over the U.S. and will be required in all aircraft by 2020. In short ADS-B uses data from the already established GPS satellite network […]

Aircraft Systems: GPS

The GPS can be a great aid for situational awareness in VFR operations. Today, we’ll introduce the basics of how the system works. We’ll go more in depth on using the GPS in future posts. Learn more about the GPS and more navigation systems and instruments in The Pilot’s Manual Volume 2: Ground School. Precise […]

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