The New ADS-B Mandate is Here

By Bruce Williams ADS-B out capability is now required in most of the airspace around Puget Sound (see the FAA graphic below to understand where the mandate applies). Fortunately, the Galvin fleet is equipped, or will be as soon the remaining aircraft return from avionics shops. As the rules became effective, FAA published a new… Read more »

Take the Time to Stall Around

Stalls – One “Dangerous” Maneuver We Can Practice Safely, Consistently It’s no secret that stalls have led to some deadly accidents in aviation. A thorough understanding of the aerodynamics of a stall, how to avoid situations that can lead to a stall, and how to recover from a stall are all required elements of a… Read more »

Engine Leaning Best Practices for Ground Operations

As the weather has started getting warmer, our engines can become susceptible to spark plug fouling and hard starting when warm. As the ambient temperature increases, there is a resultant decrease in air density which can cause the fuel/air mixture to become too rich when the mixture control in in the full forward position during… Read more »

Honoring the Legacy of Peter Galvin Anderson

Peter Galvin Anderson

It is with deep sadness that we share our President, ambassador, champion and sincere friend, Peter G. Anderson, passed away Sunday morning. Peter is survived by his wife, Sarah, two children and grandchildren. Peter leaves behind his legacy of torchbearer, not only for Galvin Flying, but for the general aviation community in King County, and… Read more »

Everything in Its Place

Even if you’ve only logged a few hours as a student, you’ve probably heard the adage that “a good landing begins with a good approach.” On downwind, if you’re on speed, with the power set and the airplane configured for landing, the odds of making a smooth touchdown on target increase substantially.  Too often, however,… Read more »

Failing To Plan Is Successfully Failing

Proper Planning Is Worth the Effort As a kid I took a large interest in fishing, particularly in the preparation. I would meticulously organize my tackle box, scour stores for different equipment, and read up on the latest tips and tricks. By the time I was actually lakeside I would spend less than 30 minutes… Read more »

Those Hand Gestures Aren’t Helping

Galvin Flying Student During Flight Lesson

Giving Pilots and ATC A Voice Through Effective Radio Communication January 2018 I sit across from my wife at dinner leaning forward, eyes fixated on her, and intently nodding at her every word. I can assure you it doesn’t mean I have a clue what she’s been saying for the last five minutes. I might… Read more »

Rabbit Speed or Turtle Speed

C172 Above Clouds

Single Pilot IFR Workload Management October 2017 You’re humming along at four thousand feet with twenty minutes before you reach your destination airport. The foggles you’re wearing seem to do a better job of shielding your memory rather than the view outside. “What am I forgetting? I did the cruise checklist. I have the weather…. Read more »

The Right Way Might Be Someone’s Wrong Way

When Uncontrolled Airports Become Uncontrollable May 2017 Have you ever been driving down a one-way street when you realize there is another car headed at you? You immediately think, “Great, I turned the wrong way down a one-way.” Or you might think, “Look at this idiot going the wrong way.” At this point, it doesn’t… Read more »

Flying Through the “Cascades”

One System Failure Can Trigger Other Systems to Fail System failures can trigger further system failures depending on how something is engineered. This is known as a cascading failure and it can lead to catastrophic results. Non-aviation examples include both the Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl nuclear power plant failures. A few seemingly manageable failures caused… Read more »