TRAINING & SIMS

Maximizing Datalink

Maximizing DatalinkThere's plenty more to using datalink weather than, "Don't fly through the red stuff." By layering information, you can build a more complete...

Precautionary Diverts

Its probably happened to you: Something en route made you consider not continuing to your intended destination. Now youre faced with the myriad choices of why, when, where and how to divert.

Back in the Game

Every pilot is inspired to fly for different reasons—personal and technical challenge, freedom and new perspectives, civilian or military professional career paths.My flight school...

View From Both Sides

The successful completion of an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) combines the knowledge and personality traits of both the instructor and pilot.As we intercepted the...

The GPS/ILS Approach

A flying friend of mine likes to say that you know you're into something interesting when you have to sign a waiver beforehand. In...

Gettin Older

Concerns about pilot aging are just as important for the younger pilot as for the more silver-haired among us. The US population is getting...

Obstacle Clearance

When we think of GPS-based instrument approaches, we usually lump all the approach minima into a single "GPS approach" bucket. We tend to mentally...

Some Training Required

Most of us learned to fly when the most advanced thing on our panels was a NAV/COM. Perhaps you entered the scene a bit...

Curved Course Nav

Contributing editor Joe Shelton recently wrote about his use of the "turn 10, twist 10" method of flying a DME arc. But with a...

Whats a Sim Good For?

Youre 30 miles out from a night LPV (GPS) approach to Runway 36, with a DA of 250 feet AGL. Winds are 180 at five on the surface with 200 variable 600 ceiling and two miles visibility. Your alternate is an ILS 35 minutes of flying away with 1000 overcast and 10 miles visibility. Youve got 1:20 of fuel.

Stall Training? Seriously?

When I took my first flying lesson at age 18, I knew…nothing. I even thought a stall was killing the engine, like when I let the clutch out too fast in my car. But I learned, and after only a few hours I was performing aerodynamic stalls with aplomb, if not expertise. Years later, still a private pilot, a friend introduced me to a prolonged stall where you didnt recover and just keep the wings level with rudder. We called that the falling leaf after the swaying back and forth that occurred.

Steam Gauges Are Safer

Technically advanced aircraft (TAA)-those with a primary flight display (PFD), multi-function display (MFD), and GPS-are sexy. Pilots are drawn to them like Pooh Bear to honey. Besides being eye-catching, TAA attempt to address some of the biggest problems in aviation by providing pilots with a lot of supplementary safety information. Moving maps designed to improve situational awareness make it almost impossible to get lost. Databases store more information at the touch of a button than…