How To Stay Proficient During Quarantine

How To Stay Proficient During Quarantine
The United States was responsible for nearly 1 billion airline passengers (domestically and internationally) in 20181. We've already seen the how that efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are significantly affecting air travel. There is a growing concern among pilots regarding job security. Airlines are expected to take a $113 billion hit2 due to the lack of passengers and grounded aircraft. A...

PSI Temporarily Closes FAA Knowledge Test Centers

PSI Temporarily Closes FAA Knowledge Test Centers
Update March 24, 2020, 16:08 EDT: This closure only applies to PSI-owned and operated locations. Some PSI locations are operated by third parties. Check with your local testing center for their status. A list of all closed locations can be accessed here. PSI announced they are closing test centers at least through April 13, 2020, as a result of COVID-19. PSI sent out this notice concerning test...
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Sharing Flight Expenses

Sharing Flight Expenses
The FAA published Advisory Circular 61-142, on February 25, 2020, with guidance for pilots who may share flight expenses with passengers consistent with the Federal Aviation Regulations. The new AC 61-142 expands on the previously issued AC 120-12A, Private Carriage vs. Common Carriage, to clarify some ambiguities and provide modern applications. Private Carriage vs. Common Carriage Common c...

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance
Do you know what type of preventive maintenance you can do on the aircraft you own or operate? If you’re in flight training, you’ll likely need to talk about it with your examiner, but if it’s been a while, or if you rent and preventive maintenance is handled by the mechanics, it is important to recognize what pilots are allowed to do when it comes to preventive maintenance. What is preventive ...

Managing Cockpit Distractions

Managing Cockpit Distractions
Q. When is a convenient time to deal with distractions on the flight deck? A. There isn’t one—that’s why they’re called “distractions.” From passengers talking loudly to trying to figure out how to use your favorite electronic flight bag app, pilots constantly encounter distractions. Recognizing that they can be dealt with in a methodical way and prioritizing safety are paramount to ensuring...

Guide to Student Pilot Endorsements

Guide to Student Pilot Endorsements
Flight instructors carry one of the most important responsibilities when it comes to pilot certification – single-pilot endorsements. A CFI represents the FAA when they serve as an evaluator, and their role is crucial. A CFI’s pen carries the ability to authorize student pilots to exercise their solo privileges for the first time and operate as pilot in command. Beyond solo flight, CFIs endorse pi...

The National Weather Service Marks its Sesquicentennial

The National Weather Service Marks its Sesquicentennial
The National Weather Service (NWS) is one of the primary sources for weather information used by pilots and dispatchers to plan and monitor flights. Weather information is a fundamental element in the lives of aviators, and has been since the first aviators took to the skies. The NWS we know today was originally called the Weather Bureau, created by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870, 33 years bef...

Overcoming Your Fear of Stalls

Overcoming Your Fear of Stalls
New student pilots often become apprehensive at the mention of the word “stall.” Without knowing what to expect, a stall can be misinterpreted as an aircraft falling out of the sky with no hope of recovery. Experienced aviators understand that this is not the case and are comfortable practicing stalls. Once you understand the aerodynamics associated with being in a stalled condition, you will have...

STEM Aviation Education Soars at FETC 2020

STEM Aviation Education Soars at FETC 2020
Miami, FL – The 40th annual Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), which was held January 15-17, 2020, brought educators from around the world together to marvel at the latest classroom technology. According to FETC, “[the] conference has gathered the most dynamic and innovative education leaders and professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration ...

How Instructors Should Use ACS Codes on Knowledge Test Reports

How Instructors Should Use ACS Codes on Knowledge Test Reports
With testing standards transitioning from Practical Test Standards (PTS) to Airman Certification Standards (ACS), as of January 13th, 2020, knowledge test reports have begun listing missed questions as ACS codes. Why the change? The old PLT codes used were derived from references, which meant any given topic could have a number of different codes depending on where relevant information could be fo...

FAA Proposes Rules for Remote Identification and Tracking of Drones

FAA Proposes Rules for Remote Identification and Tracking of Drones
On December 31, 2019, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a remote identification system for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights. Remote identification can help to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system (NAS). The rules would apply to nearly all drones weighing more than 0.55 lbs, including UAS flown for recreation and commercial operations. I...
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Recovering From Bouncing and Porpoising During Landing

Recovering From Bouncing and Porpoising During Landing
Landing an aircraft smoothly without waking the passenger in the back seat is one of the greatest feelings as a pilot. In addition to executing complex maneuvers in the air, consistently landing an airplane smoothly is something that never fails to impress our skyfaring peers. But to get to that point with our landings, it takes a complete understanding of the environment and aircraft, plus regula...