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Choosing a field after an engine failure

W hen flying with a single engine aeroplane, we have to be prepared to the engine failure situation. In this case, the solution is an off field landing, which means gliding to a field without power.It could look like obvious but the ideal field choice is in fact a discipline included in the flying skills. Show More Summary

Over the clouds, the sun always shines

T o my eyes, one of the most attracting aspects of an air transport pilot's life is its unlimited sunshine feature!It must be really pleasant knowing that today at work you'll pass over this low winter cloud layer to join natural light in its purest state. Show More Summary

The unstable Cumulus Mediocris

We are never far from clouds when flying and with time I'm starting to really appreciate them. These large heaps of condensed water droplets are indeed excellent visual indicators for the atmosphere's mood, this so vast but so changing playground. Show More Summary

The jet engine's complexity

W hy is it so complicated to become an air transport pilot ? A glance to the right side gives us some clues. That complex thing is an aircraft's jet engine. Unfortunately, before being able to use one, we must have fully understood its principles of working. Show More Summary

The small plane's oil hatch

T he small hatch hidden on the top of the engine hood gives access to this pretty yellow cap used to probe the engine oil's quantity. In a car, the oil level remains a boring needle living on the dashboard. When preparing for a flight, we like to be convinced that our engine is in its best mood. Show More Summary

Time considerations

T his picture shows more than a sunset. It somehow figures the differences of limits between a private and a line pilot. The private pilot can generally only fly by day and he considers that once the night has arrived, he can go to sleep. Show More Summary

Flight to Dieppe

W hat would this yellow line be? It's the result of a sudden need to see the ocean. That is why I went on a plane navigation to Dieppe (in the North-West West of France) to admire Etretat cliffs from above, this impressive limit where land simply stops. Show More Summary

Spreading my wings (again, again)

Spent some time this morning reviewing FAR Part 91 and will be doing more of this after lunch. This afternoon I’ll be meeting my instructor for my flight review. Looking forward to being in the air again, even if it’ll be 100+ degrees in the cockpit when we get started! Hope to [...]

Back in the air (again!)

I could feel my pilot wings start to flutter when I looked outside on Sunday morning to see that a sea of cloudless, blue sky beckoned from above. Sunday morning marked my return to the air after a hiatus of a few months.Don’t get me wrong. The urge to fly has always been [...]

Pilot flies with her feet…amazing!

This is a great story and I wanted to share it. Armless woman earns her pilot’s certificate Be sure to watch the video. Awesome…

Oshkosh Photo Gallery

One update from Oshkosh and then dead silence. Sorry folks. As usual, I got too darn busy! I captured more than 1200 images during my three full days on the grounds at Airventure 2008. Here’s a link to a Flickr photo gallery that will slowly be updated with shots as I find time to edit/upload: Oshkosh [...]

Do Something!

Instead of keeping their powder dry, the Germanwings crash will undoubtedly prompt politicians to "do something". That has many pilots -- myself included -- concerned. Read more ? Related posts: Time for a Shakeup Flying is a considerably...Show More Summary

How Far is Far Enough?

The latest crop of long-range business aircraft have the ability to traverse most of the world's routes non-stop. For those which remain out of reach, I muse about whether the added range is worth pursuing in an environment of diminishing returns. Show More Summary

DOT Revises First Half 2015 SIFL Rates

The U.S. Department of Transportation has revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. These rates are needed in order to apply the IRS's aircraft valuation formula...Show More Summary

Civil Air Patrol and IFR Immersion

Between the frigid temperatures, reckless amounts of snow, and ridiculously tall snow drifts, N62TB hasn't even left the hangar in nearly two months. But, aviation's been active nonetheless, on two fronts. First, I've become active in the Civil Air Patrol, specifically the Lorain County Composite Squadron (OH-003) based on Lorain County Airport. Show More Summary

National Flying Competition

This years competitions was held in Whitianga, just like it was when I competed in them 9 years ago. This time round I was not competing, nor was I driving over. I flew WAM over, partly because I really didn't want to drive over and back, and partly because someone needed the plane over there so I was doing them a favour. Show More Summary

The Unintentional Aerobat

Do you think it's possible to fly aerobatics without awareness of it? Not only is it possible -- it's quite common. I've seen it done in every kind of airplane, from little Cubs to large-cabin Gulfstreams. Read more ? Related posts: Gyroscopic Precession Gyroscopic precession is not well-understood by most aviators... Show More Summary

Flying Backwards

If safety is paramount in aviation, why do the least experienced professional pilots sometimes fly the most challenging aircraft and profiles? Why do the newest instructors teach the most difficult courses? Isn't that backwards? Read...Show More Summary

Twenty Years and Counting

In the greater scheme of life and history, twenty years is an insignificant blip. But for a web site, two decades takes you back to the very beginning of the World Wide Web. Let's reminisce.... Read more ? Related posts: Insanely Great...Show More Summary

Flying in the Raw

A pilot pointed out recently how a G1000-equipped aircraft with a current navigation database did not have an approach into the airport he happened to be visiting: Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington (KVUO). There's only one approach...Show More Summary

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