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Taking a Lap

Your favorite phrase as a pilot probably isn’t, “Go around.”

You might have been set up on final, aircraft perfectly configured, ready to call it a day, and suddenly you’ve got to throw all that out and try again. For a controller, the go-around is a last-minute tactic to resolve insufficient clearance or some other unexpected danger. Sure, it fixes an immediate problem, but it instantly creates other risks. Whether ATC initiates it, or you do, it’s adding complexity for everyone involved.

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May 2018 Killer Quiz: AIM Updates

In mid-October, the FAA presented us with an entirely revised edition of the AIM. There is quite a lot that is new, like MON, WRAs, GFAs and ALDARS. Some topics and terms have been revised. Take a turn through the quiz to see if you’re up-to-date on the latest information.

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Haboob Processed

Late Spring Transition

No matter how carefully you plan, problems seem to appear. But they can be mitigated exercising care in planning, situational awareness, and knowledge. Here, we focus on knowledge to help you gain that essential element of situational awareness to build on the rules of thumb you’re originally taught.

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Capacity vs Temperature

Inside Batteries

Albert Einstein is reputed as saying that everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler. In March, “Manage Your Electrons,” attempted to explain certain concepts and principles without overwhelming readers unfamiliar with batteries and electrical systems. In so doing, we’ve gotten a lot of mail complaining at our oversimplification.

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Stay Outta the Way

The optimistic among us, besides having sunnier dispositions when asked to copy a reroute or enter a hold, like to assume positive outcomes during flight planning. This means looking for bright spots (literally) in weather forecasts and finding the upsides to adjusting departure times.

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Chart2Hal

Non-Precision, NA?

Given a choice, chances are a pilot will pick a vertically guided approach over a non-precision approach. They’re easier to fly and the minimums are almost always lower. From a design perspective they also afford stricter obstacle clearance assurances. What’s not to love? That’s probably what the thought process was like that nearly led to a significant portion of non-precision approaches being cancelled or severely restricted in late 2017.  …

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DCAREA

In the Face of the Feds

Feedback on our sim challenges has been masochistic appreciation of nasty stepdowns and harsh tailwinds. This time we’ll build on that by doing stepdowns with a twist—literally. One of our approaches is a head-scratching DME arc to the missed approach at Martin State Airport (KMTN). It’s a constantly changing final approach course from the days before cool RNP. And it’s available to anyone with a real VOR and DME ... or maybe even GPS.

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Single-Pilot Airliners

Remember when complex transport-category aircraft had a flight engineer (FE) to manage systems? I imagine there was quite an uproar when automation progressed to the point where the FE became unnecessary and airliners were certified for two-person crews.

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This photo makes you wonder

On The Air: May 2018

For years, V141 from Boston would take you to CELTS and then to DRUNK, which mysteriously became DUNKK around St Patrick’s Day a few years back. I don’t recall any announcement. I wonder if that was a lucid moment of sobriety.

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Briefing: May 2018

Changes Follow Fatal Helicopter Accident Both the FAA and NTSB called for change after five people died in a helicopter accident in New York in March. They were flying in a Eurocopter AS350 with the doors off, a popular option for sightseeing flights, and were wearing special harnesses that were difficult to release. The helicopter lost power, and the pilot made an emergency landing on the East River. The aircraft then rolled over and sank. Only the pilot, who was wearing a different kind of harness, was able to escape. The FAA prohibited doors-off flights unless passengers have quick-release harnesses.

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Download the Full May 2018 Issue PDF

Remember when complex transport-category aircraft had a flight engineer (FE) to manage systems? I imagine there was quite an uproar when automation progressed to the point where the FE became unnecessary and airliners were certified for two-person crews.

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