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FA Swan Song

Receiving my instrument ticket from a university pilot-mill, flight and weather planning was grueling and intense. For flights over an hour, a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) is used. For secondary airports within five miles of a field with a TAF, the TAF from the primary airport can be used No TAF? Use the Area Forecast (FA).

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On The Air: October 2018

Last week my wife and I departed Deer Valley Airport, in Phoenix in our Cessna 177RG. Before departing we received a...

Weather Rules of Thumb

 Subscribers OnlyAll of these have different scales, ranging from hours and a few miles with the mountain breeze to thousands of miles...

Avionics Human Factors

Pilots were (and still are) over using automation, resulting in too much head-down button-pushing. The result was...

Not Enough Departures

 Subscribers OnlyThe ATC Handbook, FAA Order 7110.65, Paragraph 4-2-8 directs controllers to ask this of VFR aircraft seeking an IFR...

Too Many Approaches

 Subscribers OnlyOne commenter expressed approval of the cancellation of a circling procedure only if all runways accessible by the...

Communication Clarity

How about airplanes already on the ramp? Maybe an airliner advises he’s pushing back, but another one’s...

Advanced Autopilot Use

 Subscribers OnlySuppose that I am faced with an either-or situation with my autopilot. If I were told I couldn’t use the...

Readback: October 2018

Many pilots want to fly IFR more often but don’t quite remember how. If you addressed more of the basics and...

Briefing: October 2018

This year’s AirVenture at Oshkosh was “about as close as one could imagine” to perfect, said EAA...

Pilot Shortage?

The normal path for a fledgling airline pilot is to build his/her hours—traditionally as a CFI for pitifully low...