Monthly Archives: August 2016

Aircraft Systems: Fuel Contamination

Fuel contamination is a preventable event. Today, we’ll take a look at what the new edition of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge has to say about it. Accidents attributed to powerplant failure from fuel contamination have often been traced to: Inadequate preflight inspection by the pilot Servicing aircraft with improperly filtered fuel from small tanks […]

CFI Brief: Remote Pilot Privileges

So who’s planning on taking the Remote Pilot Knowledge Test next week? It becomes available August 29. I know I am! Don’t worry, I am well aware I don’t “need” to since I already hold a pilot certificate issued under Part 61, but I figured it would be a great opportunity and good learning experience […]

Weather: Wind Shear

Wind shear is a sudden, drastic change in wind speed and/or direction over a very small area. Wind shear can subject an aircraft to violent updrafts and downdrafts, as well as abrupt changes to the horizontal movement of the aircraft. Today, we’ll go over the basics of this common weather phenomena, with excerpts from the […]

CFI Brief: Earning a Remote Pilot Certificate (Drone)

Drone operation is one of the most popular topics in the world of aviation right now. It has taken off over the last few years and is growing at an astounding pace. The FAA has been playing catch up with regulating this growing Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) industry. The recently released Part 107 of […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Wake Turbulence

You’re probably familiar with wake trailing boats. Larger vessels generate more wake, and it’s very easy to see when you’re in the water. Airplanes generate wake too, and the wake trailing larger airplanes is something to be aware of. Today, we’ll introduce wake turbulence with words and pictures from the new edition of the Pilot’s […]

CFI Brief: Angle of Attack as it relates to the Lift Coefficient

Monday’s post contained an excerpt from the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge discussing newly outlined content in regards to Angle of Attack indicators. What I hope you were able to gain from reading the earlier post was the correlation between Angle of Attack and a stall. The Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms defines angle of attack […]

Flight Instruments: Angle of Attack Indicators

Today’s post on flight instruments comes from the brand-new Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25B)! The purpose of an angle of attack (AOA) indicator is to give the pilot better situational awareness pertaining to the aerodynamic health of the airfoil. This can also be referred to as stall margin awareness. More simply explained, it is the margin that exists between […]

CFI Brief: FAA Handbooks

Time to update your aviation library! ASA has just taken delivery of newly published editions of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25B) and Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook (FAA-H-8083-1B). Both FAA Handbooks have been revised and edited to include more relevant and meaningful information with regards to today’s flight environment. The Pilot’s Handbook of […]

Weather: Dew Point

As we’ve talked about before, being aware of the weather at takeoff, at your destination, and en route is a key part of flight planning and flying safety. By now you know which models to check before you leave, but an understanding of the basic elements of weather and atmosphere can help you anticipate changes […]

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