TRAINING & SIMS

High-altitude Training

Last year I got my multi-engine rating as I consider transitioning to a pressured twin. One of my instructors reminded me that I’d need...

Tight On Fuel

That typical one-hour fuel reserve most of us use for personal flying works great, mainly ’cause we rarely need it. In most cases, there’s...

Go Speed Racer

Today's sim challenge is a race from Riverside, CA (KRAL) to Santa Monica, CA (KSMO), with stops along the way at Hawthorne (KHHR) and...

RTC In Florida

Since I’ve turned more pages in my personal calendar, my insurance required recurrent training increased from once in two years to every year. As...

Tem-Work In Tampa

The Lear 35 medical-transport flight on which I was the captain had just departed Tampa International (KTPA) for Portland, ME (KPWM) carrying an elderly...

Roll the Trucks

Some time ago, I wrote about what happens during an emergency in the tower. But wait. There’s more. Of course, few pilots have declared...

ADS-B TO REPLACE RADAR

Capstone, the first large-scale ADSB prototype, was deployed in Alaska in 1999 because Alaska had (and still has) the highest of any state’s aviation...

Code of Conduct

The word “Model” is in the title because it articulates ways to achieve flying excellence without a canned set of rules. Tailor the code...

ATC Versus Pilot Regs

You might have heard the old adage, “The flight cannot be cleared for departure until the gross weight of the paperwork exceeds that of...

Legal? Or Safe?

Recently, a subscriber sent me a note to ask about the legality of departures into bad weather. At first, this seemed like a rather...

Safety Management

Kemper Aviation, a now-defunct flight school in Lantana, FL, was once clogged with over 100 young students. Some showed a lack of selfcontrol extending...

Emergency Returns

Aviation makes us mission-minded. The whole point of these flying machines is to go somewhere and do something, even if that’s just practice following...