Archive for the ‘Cool Articles’ Category

FAA – Taxi Instructions

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Looks like the FAA is making an explicit change to how ATC is going to issue taxi instructions. I find that some controllers currently do this, and some don’t. Anyway…check it out for yourself! Enjoy!

Taxi and Ground Movement Operations


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Anytime you’re in bad weather (or unexpected good weather for that matter) you should give a pilot report!! It helps everyone make better go/no-go decisions. Remember, if no one gives them, then no one can get them!

Here’s how:
AOPA – Pilot Reports

Who Can Log PIC?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

It’s quite a confusing subject, and a bit of a gray area, but I would say that in the end it’s open to interpretation. Here’s one persons take on who can log PIC time.

Who can Log PIC?

UPDATE 3/17/2010: Here’s AOPAs article on the same subject (Thanks Nelson!). It seems to be a little more robust of an argument:

AOPA – Logging PIC Time

AOPA – Fighting Fatigue

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Thinking of flying tired? Think again before you go. As a newly minted dad (for the second time) I’m always evaluating my fatigue as part of my preflight go/no-go decision. Check out this article on fatigue and ways to help recognize the need to pass on a flight. Enjoy!
AOPA – Fighting Fatigue

AOPA – E-mags

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Electronic ignition is the way of the future for general aviation. At this point the pros really do outweigh whatever cons there may be. Enjoy this article from AOPA:

AOPA – Braking Action

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

On a flight up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming recently we encountered the following ATIS transmission when arriving in a snow storm:

“… MU values all greater than 40 … no braking action reports available …”

Huh? Well I did a little research. Here’s a good article from AOPA on what all that means. Enjoy!

AOPA – Braking Action

Aircraft Preheating

Friday, December 25th, 2009

This is an interesting and very relevant (at this time) article on aircraft preheating. Being California pilots we probably don’t think about this stuff enough, but I’m about to go start a plane in 12 degree temps. Yaay Tahoe! Enjoy!

Aircraft Preheat

FARs Overview

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

A good Safety Advisor paper on AOPA about the Regulations…how they are created, how they are changed, and some interesting legal topics surrounding them. Check it out! Enjoy!

AOPA – FARs Overview

MEFs explained!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

So there is a method to their madness. In this AOPA article, the FAA’s methods for calculating the seemingly random MEF (maximum elevation figure) values are explained. Enjoy!

MEF’s Explained!

VOR Simulator

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

This is a pretty cool free simulator that can help you play around with VOR navigation. You’ll need flash player installed but most browsers have this installed already. Enjoy!

VOR Simulator