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Replaced a Cylinder.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

We have one cylinder that has always had a lower pressure reading when we checked it at annual. This year it was 35/80 so we pulled it. If you look at the cylinder, it has a ton of corrosion that caused the rings to no longer seal. I suspect the rest of the cylinders are […]

Touch and Goes

Monday, July 31st, 2017

In primary training, touch-and-goes do not reflect reality. In the world we are preparing student pilots to enter, airplanes take off, go somewhere (even if it is the pattern) and return to land. The goal of getting a pilot certificate is to be able to travel by air rather than on the ground. Accordingly, for […]

Captain Warren VanderBurgh

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

He combines lessons learned from accidents as well as trying things out in the simulator to explain lots of good techniques that apply to GA pilots as well as those flying big jets. Children of the Magenta Line Unusual Attitude Recovery Windshear and Microburst Review CFIT – Advanced Aircraft Maneuvering Program Control Malfunctions & Flight […]

Night Flying

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Here’s an old FAA film about night flying. The film does a good job of covering the risks and rewards of night flight. Except for the outdated “Over” at the end of each transmission and the presence of Flight Service Stations on the airport, everything they say still applies.

Mountain Flying

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

While I have flown over the Sierras and Cascades a bunch of times, I have only landed at a few high altitude airports in the summer time. When I took off from Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole I had an experienced mountain flyer with me and was flying a normally aspirated Cessna 182. We followed […]

Training Videos

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The videos from steveo1kinevo are strangely addicting. He does great job of mixing useful tips with his flights. The videos are great for learning how to communicate with ATC—from getting your clearance to taxiing to parking. Along the way he explains why he is doing the things he does. Even though he flies a turbo-prop […]

Reading the POH—Updated Checklists

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

I recently stumbled upon a conversation about how many times you should cycle the prop when doing your runup. One poster said that since the Pilots Operating Handbook says to do it once, that’s what they are going to do. And in general, following the POH is a good idea. Especially if you have a […]

Landing Technique

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

As a rough guide for most Cessna tricycle singles, when you get into ground effect you can enter an attitude with the top of the cowling even with the top of the trees in the distance. This will give you a slight nose-up attitude. Then gradually increase backpressure to keep the cowling in that position […]

Takeoff Technique

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

“Far too many pilots begin watching the airspeed indicator, looking for takeoff speed. Bad move, in my opinion. I absolutely do not care what the speed is. My only concern is to allow the airplane to lift off and fly when it wants to. How? In the vast majority of these nosedragger aircraft, if you […]

Pre-takeoff Checklist

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

A recent query on the Cessna Pilots Association forum reminded me that I wanted to address the procedures prior to the takeoff. Frank Fisher and Paul Knapp contributed answers similar to my own procedures and I’ve edited them below and interspersed Mike Busch’s thoughts on the mag check. John Godwin at Pilots of America had […]

Maximum Safe Crosswind Velocities

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

A recent FAA email pointed out this interesting fact about what is commonly referred to as “Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind”. From the Airplane Flying Handbook p. 8-17. Maximum Safe Crosswind Velocities Before an airplane is type certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it must be flight tested to meet certain requirements. Among these is the […]

Primary and Supporting Method for IFR – Table

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

This is a summary of the information contained in the detailed Primary and Supporting Method for IFR post. Update: 2017-02-18 The FAA has decided that they will no longer ask questions on this method on the Instrument Rating Airplane (IRA) Knowledge Test. Questions in the following topic areas have been deleted: Designation of instruments as […]


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