Tag Archives: CFI

CFI Brief: Effective Communication

According to FAA research and safety reports there are three distinct types of communication errors: An absence of a pilot readback. The pilot merely acknowledges the clearance that he/she in actuality misunderstood. A Readback/hearback error. When a pilot reads back a clearance incorrectly and the controller fails to catch the error. Hearback Type II Errors. […]

CFI Brief: VOR Service Volumes

VORs are anything but standard. When operating under the guidance of radio navigational aids like a VOR it’s important to understand the restrictions and standard service volumes (SSV) associated with each aid of intended use. VOR standard service volumes are designated in three classes: Terminal (T), Low Altitude (L), and High Altitude (H). Your aeronautical […]

CFI Brief: W&B Terms

Part of your preflight duties as a pilot will be to determine the weight and balance of the aircraft. Trying to takeoff and fly with an aircraft over max gross weight or out of balance can cause drastic consequences on the airplane’s ability to fly. Below are some of the terms that will be important […]

CFI Brief: Communications

Communication between pilots and air traffic controllers is crucial to the safe efficient flow of air traffic in the national airspace system. The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) points out that the single most important thing in pilot-controller communication is understanding. It is important when speaking on the radios to not only be clear and concise […]


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CFI Brief: Newton

It’s been a few days since I last posted; I believe we left off discussing Bernoulli’s principal as it relates to lift. Today, I want to discuss another important mathematician/physicist from around the same time, Sir Isaac Newton. Sir Newton came up with what is known today as Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. The law […]

CFI Brief: Medical Certificates Answers and Explanations

On Monday I posted two questions about medical certificates Let’s see how you did. 1. A Third-Class Medical Certificate was issued to a 19-year-old pilot on August 10, this year. To exercise the privileges of a Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate, the medical certificate will expire at midnight on A—August 10, 2 years later. B—August 31, […]

Be Unfaithful to Your CFI

Can two flight instructors teach you more than one? Learn from conflicting opinions and healthy debate to make yourself a better pilot. During the course of typical flight training, we spend lots of time with our flight instructors (CFI). They become trusted advisors, so when they tell us something, we tend to accept it. When […]

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