TRAINING TIPS

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TRAINING TIPS

Posted by Daria Knupp on Jul 12, 2017 10:17 am

AIRPORT SYMBOLS

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An airport's symbol on a sectional chart tells you a great deal about the nature of the facility—but sometimes there is more to arriving, departing, or transitioning the area than meets the eye. Some airports require special rules because of their location within complex airspace, traffic congestion, security, or proximity to points of sightseeing interest. LEARN MORE.
 
What is the strangest VFR sectional chart symbol you have ever encountered? 
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IMAGINE THE SURPRISE

Posted by Daria Knupp on Jul 19, 2017 11:27 am

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Aha, here it comes. Turning downwind for the third circuit of the airport traffic pattern, the student pilot is anything but taken aback when the flight instructor idles the throttle and announces, “You just lost your engine.” Read more here.
 
What was your thought when your CFI introduced the simularted power failure during maneuvers practice?

NO LINE OF SIGHT

Posted by Daria Knupp on Jul 31, 2017 2:27 pm

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Gone are the days when your first glimpse of an unfamiliar runway occurs moments before you touch down on that runway, with only some published airport statistics and some cryptic notes about the field as preparation.

Resources now offer satellite photos that you can manipulate and enlarge, online videos, and chat room conversations to fill in the blanks about new destinations as you plan your flight and work to comply with the broad mandate of 14 CFR 91.103 to “become familiar with all available information concerning that flight.” Read more here.

Have you utilized any of these resources? We would love to hear below.

BEATING THE BUMPS

Posted by Daria Knupp on Aug 8, 2017 11:52 am

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You carefully planned the altitude for your cross-country flight. But now as you bump along in thermally induced fair-weather turbulence, you are berating yourself about the choice, and about not launching earlier when the air was calm.  Don’t just sit there and suffer, especially out of reluctance to deviate from your plan. Change altitudes! Read more here.

What are some of your techniques for handling unexpected turbulence? 

Re: BEATING THE BUMPS

Posted by Ronald Levy on Aug 10, 2017 12:08 pm

Daria Knupp:


What are some of your techniques for handling unexpected turbulence? 

#1 on my list is to climb above the base of the first cloud layer.  Most of the time, that finds smooth air.  However, if you study the weather data (especially the turbulence prediction function on aviationweather.gov's relatively new GFA graphic forecast tool), turbulence shouldn't be unexpected.  Go to aviationweather.gov, and under Tools, select GFA Tool.  Click on the "Turb" button in the top row.  You can determine turbulence potential for specific altitudes and specific future times.  My experience is that it's pretty accurate.