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Category Archives: Procedures and Airport Operations

Procedures and Airport Operations: The Go-Around

Today we’re excited to announce a new fifth edition of our foundational textbook The Pilot’s Manual: Flight School (PM-1C). Flight School breaks down all the tasks required for Private and Commercial certification. Each chapter outlines the objective, consideration, application, technique, and airmanship of a maneuver as well as a visual explanation of the task and […]

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: Runway Designation

  “N123AS cleared to land runway one zero right”. Have you ever wondered how a runway gets its number and letter designation, like 10R (One Zero Right)? The answer is actually simple and serves as a safety feature for departing and landing traffic. The runway number is the whole number nearest one-tenth the magnetic azimuth […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Taxiway and Runway Markings

Airports come in all shapes and sizes. Some have long, hard-surfaced runways while others have short, grass runways. Some have operating control towers to regulate the flow of traffic in airspace around the airport as well as on the ground, and others do not. Airport pavement markings and signs provide information that is useful to […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: The Round Out (Flare)

Today’s post is excerpted from the brand-new edition of the Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3B) available now in print, PDF eBook, and eBundle from ASA as well as a combo pack with new edition of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25B). The round out is a slow, smooth transition from a normal approach attitude to […]

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 […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Wake Turbulence

You’re probably familiar with wake trailing boats. Larger vessels generate more wake, and it’s very easy to see when you’re in the water. Airplanes generate wake too, and the wake trailing larger airplanes is something to be aware of. Today, we’ll introduce wake turbulence with words and pictures from the new edition of the Pilot’s […]

CFI Brief: Runway Safety Areas (RSA)

This video is an update to the FAA’s Runway Safety Area Improvement Program and Runway Incursion Mitigation Program. The majority of the discussion in the video is in reference to commercial-use airports, typically those Class B and C airports in which commercial air traffic operates. However, I believe anyone can benefit from the information presented […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: Visual Glideslope Indicators

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about procedures and airport operations, so today we’ll introduce three visual approach slope indicator (VASI) systems. Visual glideslope indicators provide the pilot with glidepath information that can be used for day or night approaches. By maintaining the proper glidepath as provided by the system, a pilot should have […]

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