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Category Archives: CFI Briefing

These are posts made by ASA CFI.

CFI Brief: Caution for the wake turbulence from the departing 757

Today we are going to take a look at wake turbulence, which is the disturbed air left behind an airplane. Why you may ask is this important to us? This disturbed air left behind an aircraft can form tornado like vortices that are dangerous to all aircraft, particularly smaller general aviation aircraft operating behind a […]

CFI Brief: Deciphering the METAR

Today we are going to take a look at your most common type of weather report, the Aviation Routine Weather Report, abbreviated as METAR. A METAR is an observation of current surface weather reported in a standard international format. The purpose is to provide pilots with an accurate depiction of current weather conditions at an […]

CFI Brief: New GFA Supplement Figures

In the latest Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Instrument Rating (CT-8080-3F), the FAA has added several Graphical Forecast for Aviation (GFA) figures. These figures are 260 through 271 in the supplement and although the FAA has not yet added questions to the Instrument knowledge test on GFA, this weather tool is still something to become familiar […]

CFI Brief: Sunset Weather

What could be better than taking your significant other on a romantic sunset flight around your local airport? I’ll tell you what, taking your significant other on a romantic sunset flight during an absolutely epic sunset! Sounds awesome right, but just how are you suppose to know when an epic sunset is going to happen? […]

CFI Brief: Part 107 sUAS Operating Limitations

If you plan on operating an sUAS under 14 CFR Part 107, make sure you fully understand your operating limitations. Operating Limitations The sUAS must be operated in accordance with the following limitations: • Cannot be flown faster than a ground speed of 87 knots (100 miles per hour). • Cannot be flown higher than […]

CFI Brief: Can you be a pilot with Diabetes?

Today we are featuring a guest editorial column by  Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE, and originally published by TheDiabetesCouncil.com. We hope you will find it useful and we thank The Diabetes Council for allowing us to share it with our readers. In this article we will explore whether or not you can become a pilot if you have […]

CFI Brief: Fireworks, Drones and Airplanes Don’t Mix

The ASA offices will be closed July 3rd and 4th for Independence Day. Happy 4th of July! Now for a public service announcement from the FAA! June 30– As people travel, purchase fireworks and fly drones over the Independence Day holiday, the FAA reminds them to know and follow the aviation safety rules. Here are […]

CFI Brief: Significant Weather (SIGWX) Forecast Charts

The updated Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Instrument Rating (FAA-CT-8080-3F) has replaced 4 panel Low Level SIGWX Prognostic charts with updated 2 panel charts. These new figures as seen below show outlooks for both 12  and 24 hour forecast periods, with the left display being 12 hours and right 24 hours. The High Level SIGWX Prognostic […]

CFI Brief: June 2017 Test Roll

June has been a busy month here at ASA headquarters and for the FAA. Let’s recap what all is going down in terms of Airman Testing. The FAA has released updated Airman Certification Standards for both Private Pilot Airplane (FAA-S-ACS-6A) and Instrument Pilot Airplane (FAA-S-ACS-8A) effective June 2017. Additionally, the Commercial Pilot Airplane ACS was […]

CFI Brief: 5 Major Items Pilots Miss During Their Preflight Inspection – InfoGraphic

Today on the Learn to Fly Blog we are featuring a guest article by Alec Larson of Sun State Aviation. Thanks for the excellent article, Alec, and for all the hard work that went into producing this this! Perhaps the most critical part of any general aviation flight is the preflight inspection of the aircraft. […]

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