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CFI Brief: Pitot-Static Systems and Flight Instruments, Part II

I am sure you have been waiting all week for Part II of the CFI Brief on the Pitot-Static system. So here it is: today we will get into some of the principals of operation of each of the three pitot-static instruments found in the cockpit: altimeter, vertical speed indicator, and airspeed indicator. The altimeter […]

CFI Brief: Pitot-Static Systems and Flight Instruments, Part I

Today’s posts is the first part in a two part series on the pitot-static system and associated pitot-static instruments. We will begin by covering a quick general overview of the pitot-static system as seen in the picture below. The pitot-static system is responsible for the operation of the airspeed indicator, altimeter, and vertical speed indicator—also […]

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 […]

Navigation: VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR)

We’re devoting this week’s posts to the VOR, a radio navigation system used worldwide by private and commercial pilots. This introduction comes from The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual, by William Kershner. The most useful of the enroute radio navigation aids, other than GPS, is the VHF omnirange, or VOR as it is sometimes called. The VOR frequency […]

Aircraft Performance: Introduction to Performance Factors

For today’s post, we have adapted information from the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge to introduce the subject of aircraft performance. Matters of aircraft performance will always be subject to the guidelines of your specific aircraft outlined in the performance or operational information section of the Aircraft Flight Manual/Pilot’s Operating Handbook (AFM/POH). The use of […]

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