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...

Practical Guide to the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program

Practical Guide to the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program
The FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program is a great way for pilots to stay current and legally able to fly, but even better than that, it helps pilots stay proficient. Unfortunately, many pilots are not aware the program exists or don’t know how to use it. So, let’s take a look at the WINGS program and learn how to use it effectively. What is the WINGS Program? The WINGS Pilot Proficiency P...
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Celebrating the E-6B’s 80th Birthday

Celebrating the E-6B’s 80th Birthday
As the E-6B flight computer turns 80 years old in 2020, we pay our respects to the device that has helped millions of pilots plan their flights for eight decades. With the advent of electronic flight bags, modern navigation equipment, and portable electronic devices, the E-6B flight computer is often regarded as an old-fashioned tool used only for FAA knowledge tests and cross-country flight plann...

Revised Advisory Circular on “Instructions for Completion of FAA Form 337” Issued

Revised Advisory Circular on “Instructions for Completion of FAA Form 337” Issued
On November 1, 2019, the FAA issued AC 43.9-1G, “Instructions for Completion of FAA Form 337.” This advisory cancels the existing AC 43.9-1F originally issued on January 25, 2007. In addition to new formatting, the most significant change is to the paragraph titled “Purpose of FAA Form 337.” Historically, the purpose of Form 337 has been: To provide aircraft owners and operators with a rec...