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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: Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam, Inside Scoop!

I took the new Remote Pilot knowledge test this week and scored a 95%! While proud of my score, my strength isn’t in my genius but rather my ability to develop and execute a plan: I studied properly and used all the recommended materials to achieve the highest possible grade I could. So here’s the […]

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 […]

Editor’s Picks: Summer Reading

Looking to up your skills or just relax with a book at your campsite at EAA AirVenture? Today we’ll share a few summer reading suggestions for the aviator. And speaking of AirVenture, be sure to come visit us this week in Hangar B, Aisle D! Logging Flight Time by William K. Kershner A fantastic collection of […]

Aircraft Performance: Airplane Stability (Sability, part 1)

Today, we’ll introduce airplane stability. As you’re well aware of by now, there are three axes around which the airplane moves (yaw, pitch, and roll). These axes pass through the airplane’s center of gravity, or the point where the airplane weight is considered to be concentrated. An airplane that is stable requires little pilot attention […]

Weather: Turbulence

This week: turbulence. Some degree of turbulence is almost always present in the atmosphere and pilots quickly become accustomed to slight turbulence. Moderate or severe turbulence, however, is uncomfortable and can even overstress the airplane. Today we’ll talk about its causes and share some best-practices when encountering turbulence. Words and pictures have been excerpted from […]

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 […]

Flight Instruments: The Turn and Slip Indicator

Today we’re focusing on your airplane’s turn and slip indicator. This instrument shows the rotation around the yaw axis (via the ball) and around the roll axis (the miniature airplane or needle), and can be used to establish and maintain a standard-rate turn (3° per second, or a complete circle in two minutes). Today’s post […]

Aircraft Systems: Landing Gear

Back to basics this week on the Learn to Fly Blog. Today, we’re talking about landing gear. This post is excerpted from the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. The landing gear forms the principal support of an aircraft on the surface. The most common type of landing gear consists of wheels, but aircraft can also […]

Regulations: 14 CFR 91.13 and 91.15

Today we have more regulations that every pilot needs to know. Bob Gardner provides an excellent list of summarized federal regulations for student pilots in his textbook The Complete Private Pilot. If you’re looking for the compendium of aviation regulations, check out our annually-relased FAR/AIM. These summaries are taken from the latest edition of The Complete Private […]

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