Spencer E Holtaway

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What every VFR pilot needs to know about arriving IFR traffic

Part 91 VFR pilots have an incredible amount of regulatory leeway, which is both good and bad. VFR pilots operate in the same airspace as commercial …

Cut off in the pattern. RE: Pattern Etiquette Question : flying

I posted this in the original thread, but I feel this this is deserving of its own post as the last one is aged. I also believe that we should have …

I've never issued a PIREP before.

Do you relay it to ATC in just plain speak or do you follow a certain protocol? Can someone provide an example of say mod chop at FL025?

Knowing your true airspeed for fuel management

I have a healthy fear of running out of fuel and I do everything I can to be sure there is fuel left in the tank when I land. I measure the fuel in …

Radio direction finder

For the general techniques of radio direction finding, see Direction finding.<p>Main article: Radio navigation<p>A <b>radio direction finder</b> (<b>RDF</b>) is a device …

Visual Glideslope Indicators – Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)

Visual glideslope indicators provide the pilot with glidepath information that can be used for day or night approaches. By maintaining the proper …

Flight training and the iPad - a balanced approach

Many students beginning their training often ask the question “is the iPad the right tool for me in my flight training?” There are many schools of …

Easy way to remember VFR rules for Class E and G

I am studying for my CPL and I embarrassingly must admit that ever since I started flying, I have had a very difficult time committing these VFR …

Study Skills

FBO Speak

Interacting with the local FBO (Fixed Base Operator) isn’t something you’ll typically learn as part of a standard training curriculum at your local …

FAA written test updates

Aviation

Solo Endorsements: Flying To Other Airports and Cross Countries

Last week, I posted about the basic solo endorsements that your student needs before any solo flight. Those endorsements let them fly out of their …

Flying

When U.S. air force discovered the flaw of averages

In the late 1940s, the United States air force had a serious problem: its pilots could not keep control of their planes. Although this was the dawn …

In Honor Of My Cakeday, I Give You First Year Cessna 150 Operating Costs

These threads are becoming a thing now, so I’ll throw my hand in.<p><b>TLDR:</b> Extremely lucky buy with trouble-free, cheap Cessna 150. Great single place …

Cessna

FAA Issues New Student Pilot Rules

Under a new rule released today by the FAA, student pilots will no longer get their student pilot certificate from an aviation medical examiner. …

Got Echo Tops?

While not rare, it is a pleasant surprise to see a fairly quiet radar mosaic stretching from coast to coast. Unless you are specifically looking for …

Southern California

Welcome to the Flying Club

There are lots of ­reasons you might consider joining a flying club. The most often cited centers on the economics: A flying club with lots of …

Airman Testing

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Squawking 7700—An Air Traffic Controller’s Perspective on In-flight Emergencies

Previously we interviewed Captain Ken Hoke to learn how pilots train for and manage in-flight emergencies. Today, on the International Day of the Air …

I Learned About Flying From That: Asking for Help

As a relative newbie to flying in "weather," I am impressed when I head off VFR with more-seasoned pilots in haze that would scare me if I was alone. …

Real World VFR Sample

Watch Keith Smith and Jeff Van West fly into a scenic grass field in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Vermont

Aced my PPL checkride! Managed to deal with strong winds, helped another pilot with their radio problem, and make my DPE chuckle along the way. Story inside. : flying

Had my PPL checkride yesterday, and I benefited tremendously by reading the stories of other checkrides here, so I thought I'd share.<p>I was at about …

Time I

Crosswind Landings-Side Slip vs. Crab Method : flying

Pros and cons to each? Which do you prefer?<p>I always get strange looks when I tell people I crab the airplane then transition to the slip instead of …

Pros and Cons

Why does the static pressure inside the cockpit vary from outside static pressure?

When the static ports are blocked, pilots use the alternative static soure and it measures the static pressure inside the cockpit. And it is said …

JavaScript

Student long XC solo tomorrow, any last minute tips? : flying

I'm at 41 hours right now, the only thing left is my long XC and 1.5 hours of hood time until I've met all my requirements (other than a final sign …

Flying