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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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On The Air: December 2018

 Subscribers OnlyA few days ago, departing Minot North Dakota for Duluth in a Skylane, I asked ATC if the NOTAM for military training...

Preflight Briefings

 Subscribers OnlyBe aware of the distinction between MSL and AGL. Cloud heights associated with airports are customarily given in AGL....

ATC Radios and Sectors

 Subscribers OnlyAnother day, same drill, but the controller is talking to another airplane on another frequency, so you might hear...

FAA Reauthorization

The law provides $3.35 billion for airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning and programs....

It's In The Presentation

 Subscribers OnlyRegard the Jeppesen version of the RNAV (GPS) Rwy 19 approach to Meridian, MS (KMEI). This chart shows the simplest...

High-End Autopilots

As an airplane owner, I quietly find myself looking at each new device both as an editor and as a potential buyer. Of...

Readback: December 2018

I’m known to get my “murds wixed” up when talking to ATC, but try not to mix up inbound course...

Briefing: December 2018

Last year, the FAA offered a $500 rebate to aircraft operators who installed new equipment to meet the 2020 ADS-B...

Maintenance: Legal vs. Safe

My motivation to write this right now is that my Cessna 340 is at the shop getting its annual. This year I chose what...

On The Air: November 2018

One Friday I shot the GPS 7 approach into Gwinnett County, Georgia (KLZU). As I was briefing the approach, I wondered...