Monthly Archives: March 2018

CFI Brief: Airport Hot Spot

Ever heard of an airport hot spot, or wondered what that is? No, it’s not a scorching hot section of an airport, it’s more along the lines of the cool hip place to be at an airport. A hot spot is defined as a location on an airport movement area with a history of potential […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Traffic Patterns

Today we’re featuring an excerpt from the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25B). At airports without an operating control tower, a segmented circle visual indicator system, if installed, is designed to provide traffic pattern information. Usually located in a position affording maximum visibility to pilots in the air and on the ground and providing a […]

Helicopters: Hovering

Today, we’ll introduce one of the aerodynamic fundamentals of helicopter flight, hovering, with an excerpt from the Helicopter Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-21A). Hovering is the most challenging part of flying a helicopter. This is because a helicopter generates its own gusty air while in a hover, which acts against the fuselage and flight control surfaces. The […]

CFI Brief: Airport Signage

Airport signage is an extremely important concept that all pilots will need to have a thorough understanding of prior to earning any  pilot certificate, whether it’s Private Pilot, Sport Pilot, or even a Remote Pilot Certificate. Right of the bat you should take note that as an airport layout grows in complexity so will the […]

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