Monthly Archives: January 2017

Weather: Operational Factors of Thunderstorms and Microbursts

Icing, reduced visibility from fog or particulates, turbulence, windshear, thunderstorms, and microbursts are all types of weather that pose significant operational challenges. We’ve already discussed the weather theory behind thunderstorms and other related weather events, so today we’ll focus on the things to keep in mind should you ever find yourself operating in the vicinity […]

CFI Brief: Breathing and Oxygen

Did you know the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere is a constant 21% regardless of altitude? Well it’s true! So you may be wondering why then that it gets harder to breath as you increase in altitude. The simple answer is quantity and pressure. As you increase in altitude, the quantity and pressure of atmosphere […]

Aircraft Systems: Pressurized Aircraft

Aircraft are flown at high altitudes for two reasons. First, an aircraft flown at high altitude consumes less fuel for a given airspeed than it does for the same speed at a lower altitude because the aircraft is more efficient at a high altitude. Second, bad weather and turbulence may be avoided by flying in […]

CFI Brief: Minimum Equipment – CFR §91.205

Tomatoflames, gooseacat, flaps, apes, grabcard, decarat… My spellcheck is going wild right now with red squiggly lines. Spellcheck settle down, I understand these are not words nor did I misspell them. The aforementioned are actually aviation mnemonics to help pilots remember the minimum instruments and equipment required for flight.     As the pilot-in-command, it […]

IFR: Preparation for Flight

Careful planning for a flight on instruments is important. Besides satisfying normal IFR requirements, an instrument pilot flying in clouds or at night must be conscious of high terrain or obstacles that cannot be seen, and ensure that a safe altitude above them is maintained. You must be aware of the danger of icing (both […]

CFI Brief: BasicMed

Hot off the presses from the FAA, Tuesday January 10th 2017 : FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule (PDF) that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation. “The United States […]

Human Factors: The Blind Spot

Of all the senses, vision is the most important for safe flight. Most of the things perceived while flying are visual or heavily supplemented by vision. As remarkable and vital as it is, vision is subject to limitations, such as illusions and blind spots. The more a pilot understands about the eyes and how they […]

CFI Brief: FAA Safety Briefing—January 2017

Check out the latest FAA Safety Briefing for January/February 2017! Click the image below for your very own PDF copy. We’ve also made this available through the ASA Reader App for iOS. Also available in ePUB and MOBI.

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