Category Archives: Regulations

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 […]

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 […]

Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)

Today we are featuring an excerpt from the new edition of Pilot’s Manual: Ground School (Fourth Edition). Also be sure to check out This website provides access to current NOTAM information from the United States NOTAM System. NOTAMs are an important and time-critical piece of aeronautical information that could affect a pilot’s flight and should […]

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 […]

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 […]

CFI Brief: Speed Limits

I don’t know why I am even going to tempt Murphy’s Law, but I haven’t had a speeding ticket in many years. Of course now that I put it out there I can probably expect to get one on the way home this evening. The reason I even mention it (which I’m already regretting) is […]

Regulations: Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Reports

AIM Chapter 7, Safety of Flight, is an important chunk of the AIM which contains descriptions of weather services and severe weather flying, flight hazards like icing and volcanic ash, wake turbulence, and safety, accident, and hazard reporting. Under Section 6 “Safety, Accident, and Hazard Reports”, we find this: 7-6-4 Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Reports […]

CFI Brief: VFR vs. VMC

An instructor and student are preparing for an early afternoon flight to conduct maneuvers out in the practice area. The student receives a weather briefing and the instructor asks how the weather conditions are for the flight. The student responds that the weather looks to be VFR. OK, that’s great, but remember, the instructor’s specific […]

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