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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 2021 issue we covered a little bit about surface charts, but focused mostly on how to read the station plots—the little groups of data found at each city. It’s time for […]

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 and dispatch departments who do all the background work and file the flight plans. With most Part 91 and some 135 operators, “Who filed what?” often gets to the person working […]

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 ForeFlight or Garmin FltPlan. No copying the ATIS or clearance calls are required. Great, eh? Clearances issued via PDCs are official text clearances issued for U.S. IFR flight plans. A PDC […]

Readback: December 2022

Got Fuel? I was recently reviewing the fuel requirements for IFR flight, and I realized that they were not what I was thinking. I thought that §91.167 said we couldn’t begin a flight under an IFR flight plan without enough fuel to reach our filed destination, etc. Instead, it says we can’t operate a flight […]

On the Air: December 2022

I was talking to New York Approach when I heard the following: GrayRider 5 (NY State Police): “Albany Approach, GrayRider 5. Change of mission. That plane in the water, well it’s confirmed as a float plane, so it’s now direct to Deer Park for GrayRider 5.” Apparently they were under the mistaken impression that an […]

Briefing: December 2022

Pandemic Creates BizAv Boom The post-pandemic hangover has turned out to be a tonic for business jet manufacturers who are tapping a new market created by the general travel hassle COVID-19 spawned. In its annual forecast of business aircraft activity, Honeywell predicted sales of business aircraft would jump 15 percent over the next 10 years, […]

Download The Full November 2022 Issue PDF

  • Hey, You Can’t Do That!
  • Which Way is Up?
  • Weather Encounters
  • Runway Incursions
  • Icing Quiz
  • Where the Ice Lives
  • Reading the Charts

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  • SOUTHWEST WEATHER
  • PUTTING PIECES IN PLACE 
  • INFAMOUS ASPEN
  • IN THE SIM IN SOCAL
  • REDBIRD PRO EARLY LOOK 
  • WRONG-SURFACE QUIZ
  • SUA JUNGLE

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  • WHO‘S WHO IN THE TOWER
  • TALE OF TWO APPROACHES
  • WHICH THREE APPROACHES
  • SCAN QUIZ
  • ROUND DIALS TO TAPES
  • STUCK WITH A VISUAL

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  • Low Clouds at Altitude
  • Take care with Li-Ion batteries
  • Mapping humidity
  • Flight Plan Follies
  • Li-Ion Battery Safety
  • How High is Up?
  • Build Your Own Sim, Part 2
  • Just a Little Fog
  • Back to Basics

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  • FUTURE AUTOMATION
  • MASTER YOUR MEDICAL
  • MISHEARD MISTAKES
  • LASER STRIKE QUIZ
  • WE STILL NEED NAVAIDS
  • TORNADIC STORMS