Peter Galvin Anderson

Honoring the Legacy of 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 »

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 »

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 »

Flight planning

You Are the PIC

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 »

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Boring Is The New Exciting

Trying something new on for size can produce surprising results.   When many pilots get home from a trip they’re asked how their flights went. We like being able to respond with, “boring and uneventful.” Rest assured our love for flight is not fading, but an appreciation for a routine flight is not only a… Read more »

lost communications

IFR Lost Communications

FAA regulations don’t tell you everything you need to know to handle every situation, including IFR lost communications. Often you have to look beyond the rules for guidance. The rules for lost communications while operating IFR are specific and detailed, but they don’t tell the whole story. Here’s some Galvin CFII Bruce Williams shares some… Read more »

Seafair TFRs Coming Next Week

It’s that time of year again, when the Blue Angels light up the sky for Seafair and the FAA protects the airspace with Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). There will be TFRs up several times next week. While the exact size and location information for the TFRs isn’t posted on the FAA’s website yet, King County… Read more »