https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/citabria-roll-still-small.jpg 1125 1500 Gennaro Avolio https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Gennaro Avolio2016-06-27 12:30:282016-06-30 15:59:47What are aerobatics, and when do I need a parachute?
A recent magazine article on the subject of aerobatic flight got me to thinking about what the regulations actually say. While looking for information, I ran across a recent (2012) legal opinion from an FAA counsel that left me more confused than enlightened.
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Radio communication is always one of the hardest things to learn for many pilots. It actually seems to make flying harder sometimes: you’re already busy flying the airplane when ATC gives you a call so fast all you catch is your tail number. Other pilots in CTAF areas can make it even worse. Let me give you the top five things I’ve learned to say over the years that have made flying easier and safer.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ACS-feature.jpg 408 600 Jackie Spanitz https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Jackie Spanitz2016-05-05 11:52:582016-05-09 08:41:21Certifying pilots: the new Airman Certification Standards
The FAA is gearing up to start replacing the Practical Test Standards – the FAA’s checkride guidance for applicants, instructors, and designated pilot examiners (DPEs). The PTS has been the “Cliff Notes-to-the-Checkride” for years. Why in the world would the FAA mess with a good thing?
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/confidence-image.jpg 780 900 Ben Jones https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Ben Jones2016-04-20 12:54:582016-04-22 10:50:28Why CFIs need to think about confidence more
Who would feel safe flying with someone who did not have an appropriate level of confidence? In my mind, developing a student’s self-confidence should be one of the main jobs of the instructor. During periods where pilots are not actively undergoing flight training, it needs to be something they work on themselves. I can think back to several experiences which taught me this firsthand.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Facebook-good-and-bad.jpg 456 660 Gary Reeves https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Gary Reeves2016-03-01 21:16:072016-03-04 12:27:13Facebook is bad for general aviation
How can we turn around the public’s fear and confusion about GA? Let’s all agree, and get other pilots we know, to take the three-item Facebook pilot pledge. The three items are simple: Don’t share bad news, share only good news and share the beauty we see.
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Lately there has been a lot of focus on over-reliance on automation in the cockpit – both in general aviation and the Part 121 world. Most of us can agree that as our avionics and aircraft become more sophisticated and automation becomes more affordable, this is a very real problem. But what about those of us who insist on flying with too little automation?
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Cub1.jpg 593 1087 Hunter Heath https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Hunter Heath2016-01-21 10:43:562016-01-24 16:38:55Old men and old airplanes
Are old guys attracted to old airplanes by nostalgia? For sure, in the first 30 years or so after WWII, there were lots of pilots whose romance with aviation began in the excitement of Lindbergh’s Atlantic crossing, grew through the “Golden Age” of ‘30s air racing and record-setting, and perhaps matured as biplanes went to war.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Mechanic-teaching-kid.jpg 554 739 Michael Janik https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Michael Janik2016-01-06 13:39:552016-01-08 10:42:27The real incentives young aviators need
Aviation is not just about playing with your family’s toys and living out the thrills of flying every day. It’s about the friendships that are created in hangars, the sound of a Lycoming roaring to life after YOU replaced that cylinder, the old school feeling of grass under your landing gear, the controlling of numerous aircraft simultaneously, and the everlasting wonder of flight.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Freedom-House-map-600.jpg 388 600 Hunter Heath https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Hunter Heath2015-11-16 09:18:532015-11-19 11:36:08Global attacks on general aviation: freedom in retreat?
When I thought about why GA is distributed so unevenly across the world, and why it is so heavily assaulted by governments at all levels, I wondered if there is something about GA in particular that worries governments. Then it hit me: they don’t like the freedom that flying gives to their citizens.
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Sorry, the buck stops here with us pilots. Technology doesn't make us do anything, or enslave us. When we sign up to be aircraft pilots in command, we elect to use technology. We become solely responsible for flying the airplane, and for the safety of the flights that we conduct.
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I assume my late night cruising position, lights down low in the cockpit, forearm resting on top of the instrument panel, chin resting on forearm, face as close to the windshield as I can get without leaving a smudge. I’m struck with an intimidating thought. The only thing between my forehead and a 470 mile per hour -54C breeze is about one and a half inches of glass.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AF-musketeer-feature.jpg 280 520 Mark Smith https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Mark Smith2015-07-01 13:28:482015-07-01 13:28:48Comparing your dreams – why owning an airplane is worth it
What we love about these aeroplanes is how we feel when we are inside them, travelling across wide open spaces, chasing small puffy clouds or even just mastering two landings in a row without the instructor grabbing the yoke. It’s nice to have a beautiful interior, modern avionics and a super modern profile. But what’s more important is being able to fly, safely and passionately.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AF-father-son-feature.jpg 280 520 Lane Wallace https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Lane Wallace2015-06-10 09:22:542015-06-10 09:24:50How airplanes can bridge the gap between fathers and sons
Beneath the surface talk of sports or business are often sons who still desperately need to know their fathers are proud of them but don't know how to ask, and fathers who love their sons very much but don't know how to answer. Many times over I've seen an airplane bridge that gap.
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We all know the day will come when we will fly as PIC no more, whether because we keel over dead, get too sick to pass the medical, feel that our skills have deteriorated irreversibly, burn out on aviation, or simply run out of money. For me, a combination of factors added up to an important question.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AF-cardinal-in-hangar-feature.jpg 280 520 David Reinhart https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png David Reinhart2015-05-11 10:47:592015-05-11 10:47:59Home is where the hangar is
Every pilot has more than one home. There's the place where we sleep, eat, and get our mail (at least most of the time). Then there is another place where we have our being and that's the airport. In my case, for 17 years, it was Hangar 2 at Fitchburg Municipal Airport.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/AF-aog-feature.jpg 280 520 Hal Shevers https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Hal Shevers2015-04-20 10:51:512015-04-20 10:51:51The most important person at your airport
No, it's not the control tower operator, it's not the person who mows the grass, and it's not the person who plows the snow - it's an AOG (aircraft on the ground) transient. Sporty's Founder Hal Shevers explains why.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AF-youth-feature.jpg 280 520 Michael Janik https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Michael Janik2015-03-30 12:04:392016-08-03 10:33:06How do we encourage new aviators?
We proclaim the future of aviation lies in the hands of the youth, and we must give them opportunities to become pilots. We argue that flight training needs to be cheaper and we need to create more aviation programs so it is easier for them to succeed. We need scholarships and free flight training. But what kind of solution is moving the finish line closer to the start?
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AF-flight-instructor-feature.jpg 280 520 Dan Littmann https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Dan Littmann2015-02-23 14:54:052015-12-07 15:23:05Learning to fly – is it worth it?
Why would anyone spend $100,000 getting all of the licenses and ratings, work bottom-rung flying jobs to get the 1500 hours, and then seek a $22,000/year position at one of the regionals? It makes no economic sense. For better or worse, commercial aviation is not the glamor industry it used to be. Is there more to it?
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Fueling-Cessna-1721.jpg 280 520 Chris Tarbell https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Chris Tarbell2015-02-08 21:55:232015-12-13 15:11:59Treat the airplane like it’s yours, even when it isn’t
When you’re paying by the hour, it’s easy to cut corners, be a little careless, or belittle something that we would never forget on our own airplane. However, if we treat a rental plane as our own, every renter or club member benefits. Here are a few things I try to do when I rent.
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It started blue, a dark blue, when my wife gave it to me as a Christmas present. Its latest achievement of many was earned in March when I completed my CFI training. It was instrumental in keeping my head from exploding while learning in flight, and during the check ride. Now my two-tone AOPA ball cap has faded to a light purple from long periods of exposure to the sun.