Learning by Watching

December 1, 2008

Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to see mistakes when somebody else is making them? The last two legs I have flown on this trip have been with a captain who is an OE instructor. One flight was at the conclusion of a pilot’s training and the next, with a different student,  […]

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Ground Controlled Approaches (GCA)

October 6, 2008

I have to admit that I have just started listening/watching audio and video podcasts related to aviation. That could be because I recently bought an iPhone and can download them to the phone and then listen/watch during the long bus rides to and from the layover hotels on my trips. I have just finished listening […]

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Traffic Patterns

September 27, 2008

I went out flying yesterday. It was just a little spin around the valley near my local airport. There were clouds at about 10,000 feet and a cold front was trying to push through the area, so I wasn’t too surprised by the bumpy ride. I just pulled the power back and loafed along, enjoying […]

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Aircraft Preflight Inspections

August 27, 2008

Before a pilot takes a plane into the air he/she is required to do a preflight inspection of the aircraft to make a determination of the aircraft’s fitness for flight. This is primarily a visual inspection, though some systems are operated if that operation would result in a better determination of airworthiness. Wing Flaps are […]

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What’s it Doing Now?

April 6, 2008

I just finished reading the latest issue of NASA’s ASRS Callback. The subject this issue was errors made by pilots flying what are generally called TAAs, Technologically Advanced Aircraft. Most of the errors were attributed to either the aircraft not doing what the pilot thought it would do, or just losing situational awareness because the […]

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