Sim Inadequacy

Often I’ve railed against the inability of approved aviation training devices (sims) to mimic the aircraft we fly. If your panel has had any...

Unreliable Airspeed

With “steam gauge” round dials, the airspeed reading was mechanically determined inside the airspeed indicator. Likewise, the altimeter had its own independent mechanical movement,...

Don’t Cancel Yet

The flight to your vacation destination ended a few miles short with an unplanned overnight in Virginia. The trip started from home base in...

Build Your Own Sim, Pt. 3

Last time in this series on building a home simulator we said that Part Three would discuss adding third-party extensions to your basic sim....

Reading Surface Charts

Last month, we discussed upper-air charts and how they shed light on your flight plans. Now, let's talk about surface charts. In the May...

Flight Plans

How many of you file your own flight plan? How many of you file VFR flight plans? Of course, airlines have their own operations...

PDC: File, Read, Fly

Pre-Departure Clearance or PDC is an FAA computer service that provides clearance information in text form to your tablet in the cockpit via Boeing...