Trace (Icing) is the Sum of the Elements

Aircraft icing

The Insidious Nature of Aircraft Icing In the mid 1950’s, a pilot learning to fly in Eastern Washington state seldom worried about ice. He or she only flew when the weather was reasonable and the sun warm on ones back. If an ignorant soul violated that basic canon, a search team would be sent into… Read more »

Briefing IFR Procedures

Updating the briefing process for today’s IFR cockpit environment   Charts for instrument procedures include a lot of information, and IFR pilots learn to brief departures, arrivals, and approaches as part of the preparation for takeoff, descent, and landing. Often, however, those briefings aren’t especially effective, because the pilot or crew just recites data on… Read more »

What’s Next?

You’ve Earned Your Pilot Certificate, Now What? Two Pacific Northwest Airports That Will Help Sharpen Your Skills By Matthew Mulder – CFI Are you a newer private pilot looking to expand your horizons? Or maybe you are more experienced but wanting to breakout from a flying rut. Sekiu and Ranger Creek offer relatively long, paved… Read more »

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 »

New IFR Currency Rules Effective Nov. 26

A big change to IFR currency regulations takes effect Nov. 26, 2018. It’s the second of two regulatory revisions making it easier for instrument-rated pilots to maintain their IFR currency by using aviation training devices (ATD). This newest regulation effectively allows pilots to use an ATD to maintain IFR currency.  An ATD is a device… Read more »

You Are the PIC

Flight planning

The latest ATIS report at Boeing Field shows surface winds of 170 at 12 knots with gusts to 18 knots. As PIC, should you fly or cancel a scheduled reservation and disappoint your passengers who are anticipating a scenic day trip to the San Juan Islands?  Suppose the ATIS at BFI and AWOS reports at… Read more »