Category Archives: Regulations

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 […]

Regulations: VFR Minimums

This week we’ll expand on what we’ve discussed about regulations. Chapter 19 in the brand-new fourth edition of The Pilot’s Manual Volume 2: Ground School has a great overview of the FARs you’ll need to know. Beyond that, of course, is our FAR/AIM; the complete up-to-date set of aviation regulations. Today, we’ll feature an excerpt […]

CFI Brief: Maneuvering During Slow Flight (PA.VII.A)

Maneuvering during slow flight is a task required of all private pilot airplane applicants per 14 CFR §61.107(b). The applicant must be able to demonstrate this task to a set of evaluation standards outlined in the Airman Certification Standards (ACS-6). The Private Pilot ACS, effective June 15 2016, revised how slow flight should be conducted during […]

Communication Procedures: Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

Today here at ASA, we’re celebrating the launch of Finding Carla, the first book from commercial pilot and writer Ross Nixon. Finding Carla chronicles the Oiens, a family of three, who survive a plane crash in California’s Trinity Mountains in 1967. The family survived for almost two months but the ruggedness of the terrain and […]

CFI Brief: Earning a Remote Pilot Certificate (Drone)

Drone operation is one of the most popular topics in the world of aviation right now. It has taken off over the last few years and is growing at an astounding pace. The FAA has been playing catch up with regulating this growing Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) industry. The recently released Part 107 of […]

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