Monthly Archives: September 2016

CFI Brief: Runway Incursion, Disaster Averted.

Reading Monday’s post you learned that a pilot deviation (PD) is a pilot action that violates any Federal Aviation Regulation. The two broad categories of PDs are ground- or surface-based deviation and airborne deviation. A common example of a surface-based deviation would be a runway incursion, which just is today’s topic. Runway Incursion: any occurrence […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Pilot Deviations

Today on the Learn to Blog, we’ll take a look again at safety in and around the airport. This post is excerpted from the new edition of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. A pilot deviation (PD) is an action of a pilot that violates any Federal Aviation Regulation. While PDs should be avoided, the regulations do […]

CFI Brief: Wind Shear

Wind shear is defined as a change in wind direction and/or speed over a very short distance in the atmosphere. This can occur at any level of the atmosphere and can be detected by the pilot as a sudden change in airspeed. As a pilot you can be certain that you will experience wind shear […]

Navigation: The Effect of Wind

As you know by now, wind is a mass of air moving over the surface of the Earth in a definite direction. When the wind is blowing from the north at 25 knots, it simply means that air is moving southward at a rate of 25 NM in one hour. Under these conditions, any inert […]

CFI Brief: Maneuvering During Slow Flight (PA.VII.A)

Maneuvering during slow flight is a task required of all private pilot airplane applicants per 14 CFR §61.107(b). The applicant must be able to demonstrate this task to a set of evaluation standards outlined in the Airman Certification Standards (ACS-6). The Private Pilot ACS, effective June 15 2016, revised how slow flight should be conducted during […]

Aircraft Performance: Runway Surface and Gradient

The majority of pilot-caused aircraft accidents occur during the takeoff and landing phases of flight. So today on the Learn to Fly Blog, we’ll take a look at how runway conditions can effect takeoff and landing performance. Today’s post comes from The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. Runway conditions affect takeoff and landing performance. Typically, performance chart […]

CFI Brief: Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

In keeping with the theme from Monday’s post and celebration of the release of the new book Finding Carla, today we will continue the discussion on emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). Since the 1960s, technology has improved greatly and brought about new legislation requiring an ELT in all registered U.S. Civil aircraft with few exceptions. The […]

Communication Procedures: Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

Today here at ASA, we’re celebrating the launch of Finding Carla, the first book from commercial pilot and writer Ross Nixon. Finding Carla chronicles the Oiens, a family of three, who survive a plane crash in California’s Trinity Mountains in 1967. The family survived for almost two months but the ruggedness of the terrain and […]

CFI Brief: Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam, Inside Scoop!

I took the new Remote Pilot knowledge test this week and scored a 95%! While proud of my score, my strength isn’t in my genius but rather my ability to develop and execute a plan: I studied properly and used all the recommended materials to achieve the highest possible grade I could. So here’s the […]

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