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Although hurricanes are easily avoidable since they usually move to the front of the national news cycle, it’s good to have a working knowledge of them. One day you may find yourself caught in outer spiral bands as you try to move your plane out of danger, or your area may be the new target of a hurricane that deviates unexpectedly. Or perhaps you simply find yourself in the Caribbean in the late summer months with erratic Internet access—possibly a fortunate situation.
The BasicMed exam follows a similar structure to an FAA physical with one big difference. In an FAA medical, the doctor needs to identify if body parts, organ systems and other general things such as blood pressure are: “Normal or Abnormal.” If the AME finds something abnormal, s/he must provide a narrative. By identifying an abnormality, the AME is making a diagnosis of sorts. In a BasicMed exam, the same body parts and organ systems only need to be “examined,” but not identified as “normal or abnormal,” thus no diagnosis is made.
Establish yourself on the reciprocal of the ILS localizer course, 351 degrees, and fly outbound on the localizer. Since you’re outbound on the front course, remember to correct away from the needle on the localizer. (See, “Reverse Sensing” and “Reverse Sensing—HSI” in the June and July 2016 issues.) Two minutes is usual. Then turn to the outbound procedure turn heading of 036 degrees. The Instrument Flying Handbook specifies flying that heading for 40 seconds, although many of us were taught to fly it for a full minute. Either is fine so long as you remain inside the limit. Then, make a standard-rate left turn to 216 degrees and join the 171-degree localizer.
I’ll admit it: I enjoy searching out some little-known gems in the regulations. Some, of course, are items we should know—but often don’t. Others are almost so esoteric that it simply might not matter to most of us.
The King Air was descending out of 15,000 feet when he checked in with me. My radar scope was already peppered with growing blue and green areas of moderate and heavy precipitation, and I was buckling down for what was sure to be a crazy session. Storm season was here with a vengeance.
Jeppesen is updating symbology for STARs and SIDs charts. As part of the change, Jepp contracted with an outside firm to conduct an operational risk analysis. “After an in-depth evaluation of the mitigation possibilities TRS recommended to Jeppesen to create a training tutorial.”