Monthly Archives: March 2017

CFI Brief: 14 CFR §91.211 Supplemental Oxygen

I hope you thoroughly read Monday’s post on oxygen regulations, if not you could be in trouble answering this two question pop quiz to start of today’s blog. NO cheating! 1. When operating an aircraft at cabin pressure altitudes above 12,500 feet MSL up to and including 14,000 feet MSL, supplemental oxygen shall be used […]

Regulations: Supplemental Oxygen

We’re talking regulations this week. Take a look at what we’ve covered so far. Today, we’ll go over the rules regarding supplemental oxygen under 14 CFR Part 91 with an excerpt from The Pilot’s Manual: Ground School (PM-2C), which has a useful chart to clarify the regulation. Crew oxygen requirements for operations under Part 91 […]

CFI Brief: Atmospheric Stability

Today we will take Monday’s post on temperature inversions a step further  with a discussion on atmospheric stability and the types of weather we can expect with a stable and unstable air mass. Atmospheric stability is defined as the resistance of the atmosphere to vertical motion. A stable atmosphere resists an upward or downward movement. […]

Weather: Temperature Inversions

Today’s post on temperature inversions comes to us from The Pilot’s Manual: Ground School (PM-2C). Temperature normally decreases with altitude. In the standard atmosphere the temperature is assumed to decrease by approximately 1.98°C for each 1,000 feet climbed in a stationary air mass. In practice, we can assume a decrease, or temperature lapse rate, of […]

CFI Brief: Unusual Attitude Recoveries

An unusual attitude in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) is a very unwelcome experience. Many years ago on a commercial cross country training flight with my instructor, I came very close to putting myself in an upset condition, or unusual attitude as it’s commonly referred to. The close call occurred on the last leg of our […]

Aerodynamics: The Spin

Today on LTFB, we’re featuring an excerpt from The Pilot’s Manual: Ground School (PM-2C) on spins. A spin is a condition of stalled flight in which the airplane follows a spiral descent path. As well as the airplane being in a stalled condition, and yawing, one wing is producing more lift than the other, which […]

CFI Brief: sUAS Operations and Airspace

Airspace is a significantly important element to sUAS (drone) operations and as the remote pilot-in-command (Remote PIC) it will be your sole responsibility to understand the regulations surrounding airspace operations. In addition to understanding the regulations you will be required to understand the types and classifications of airspace and will need to be able to […]

sUAS: Operating a Drone in Controlled Airspace

Local news in our area is reporting this morning of increased sightings of drones near SeaTac and PDX approaches. Incidents in the Pacific Northwest include a near-midair collision with a National Guard A-10 fighter based at Boise’s airport and a number of airline pilot reports of drone operations in the vicinity of airport operations including a “saucer-shaped […]

CFI Brief: sUAS (drone) Accident Reporting

Ever wonder what you should do if you crash your small unmanned aircraft (drone)? Well the specifics are outlined for you in 14 CFR §107.9 which we will break down below (no pun intended). Accident Reporting The remote PIC must report any sUAS accident to the FAA, within 10 days of the operation, if any […]

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