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Wind? What Wind?
Wind awareness is important to all aspects of your flying.

Wind? What Wind?

Wind is a given, yet some of us remain blissfully unaware of the effects wind can have on our routine operations. Perhaps its time for another look.

Bob and I are flying back to Connecticut, IFR in his Cessna 182, after a fabulous experience with my first visit to Oshkosh. We depart with full tanks.

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Gaming the System

Gaming the System

Nasty reroutes and swamped controllers can put you in a bad spot. Through creativity, persistence, and compromise, you can - sometimes - get a break

Flying an airplane involves multiple concepts from physics: Bernoulli’s principle, centrifugal force, Newton’s law of gravity, to name a few. There’s one more natural law, though, that isn’t in the science textbooks: the faster you’re trying to get somewhere, the more likely you’re going to get unexpectedly delayed.

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Legal Interpretations

Legal Interpretations

While many of the regulations that govern our actions are clear, there are a large number that may seem vague or even leave room for unintended interpretations. For these reasons, it is possible to seek official and binding interpretations from FAA’s legal department, either through a direct request or possibly more onerous encounters with the regulations.

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Weather Sausage

Weather Sausage

Like it or not, we have to fly through the weather, yet a lot of us have limited or even incorrect weather knowledge. Perhaps it's time to spend a couple days to properly study it

There are many tidbits of wisdom we learn during our lives. One of those I recall hearing a long time ago was, “If you like sausage, never go to a sausage factory.” Seeing the product being produced from the various raw ingredients might keep you from ever eating it again. But, what would happen if you had no choice but to eat sausage? Would you still stay away from the factory? Or would you want to learn all you could about sausage and sausage making?

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Rules to Live By

Rules to Live By

Airlines, charter and corporate flight departments have standard operating procedures. Some GA pilots do, too, complete with a written document they rigorously follow

It’s no secret that general aviation’s accident rate is significantly worse than the airlines and corporate flight departments. According to NTSB studies over the first 10 years of this century, you’re 12 times more likely to have an accident when flying your own or a rented GA aircraft.

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