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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 »

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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 »

FAA: New IFR Currency Rules and Changes in Complex Requirements

On June 27, 2018, the FAA published an extensive revision to sections of 14 CFR Part 61 governing IFR currency with the use of aviation training devices, the role of technically advanced aircraft (TAA) in training for the commercial pilot-airplane certificate, and several other important changes that affect sport pilots and pilots operating under Part… 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 »

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Those Hand Gestures Aren’t Helping

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 »

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Rabbit Speed or Turtle Speed

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 »