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Being Brief

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced, Featured | 0 comments

Last time, training introduced the concept of briefing in aviation. The article emphasised the need for any brief to be brief, relevant and to the point. This post I want to look in greater detail at the pre-flight brief from a student’s point of view.

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Be Brief

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

How much briefing do you think we could do in an aeroplane on a given flight?

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Lookout!

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

I had a pilot colleague make an interesting observation about my flying recently.

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Visualising Your Flying

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

A number of years ago I wrote an article on the differences between being a reactive or proactive pilot, and demonstrated this with examples of military AP3C Orion students flying into an uncontrolled airfield.

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On the Go-Around

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Last post I discussed being prepared to go-around. I wrote that this required the pilot to have thought about the go-around before...

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Preparing for the Go-Around

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

One manoeuvre that is often discussed but in practise rarely flown, at least in the commercial aviation world, is the go-around.

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Wind – and How to Use It

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Living in Australia in the summer brings with it many advantages – especially long balmy days that are often perfect for flying. Summer also brings with it many challenges for the student pilot, namely dealing with heat in an often under air-conditioned cockpit, turbulence caused by thermal heating and sea and land breezes, and depending on where you fly, increased storm activity for those of us who fly through the northern reaches of this country.

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P & A for Performance

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

How many times have you had someone, usually an instructor or some crusty old captain looking condescendingly down over their reading glasses, remind you that power plus attitude equals performance?

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Volcanic Ash

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Advanced | 0 comments

After the recent spate of airlines cancelling flights between various cities due to the volcanic ash from Chile, most passengers were...

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Stall Recovery

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

I previously discussed the symptoms and indications of a stall, leading to my opinion that in respect to stalling, prevention is better than the cure. However, recognition of these symptoms in the real world is not always that easy.

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The E in Threat and Error Management

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Last post the training article began a discussion on Threat and Error Management (TEM) and looked at what may constitute a threat to your flying operations.

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Don’t Threaten Me

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

After dissecting the various legs of a circuit recently, I intend to take the training articles on a slightly different heading and discuss a model used to assist operational flight crew in understanding the environment they are operating their aircraft in. With this understanding then comes an awareness and an ability to quantify the complexities that confront a pilot when operating his or her aeroplane.

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Home Base

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Regular readers will know that I believe a good landing doesn’t simply happen in isolation, nor will it happen every time you land the...

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The Heat is On

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Intermediate | 0 comments

Let's continue the regional flavour with a visit to both South Australia and the Northern Territory. Thinking about these specific areas in Australia and possible links to student pilots I came up with two very broad areas for discussion – long distances and heat.

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Avoiding the Banana

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Over the previous few articles I have discussed the landing and flare as a distinct event that happens over the threshold in the last 50 feet or so of flight. However, if you leave it until this point to think about your landing, well, it’s too late.

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The Flare and Landing

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 1 comment

Last time the training article began a discussion on landing, in particular we investigated the difference between a greaser and a firmer, positive landing. I proposed that a firmer landing was preferable and explained why. This time, I look at the actual flare and landing in more detail.

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Setting up a Good Landing

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 2 comments

It’s grudgingly accepted amongst P-3 pilots that, while you may have spent the last six hours at 300 feet above the water in the middle of the night, if you slam the aircraft onto the runway, the backend crew will form an opinion of your flying skills from that landing and nothing else.

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Modifying the Glide

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner, Featured | 0 comments

Last time I introduced the concept of the L/D ratio and its corresponding importance to best glide speed after an engine failure. Setting, holding and trimming the glide attitude to fly this speed was emphasised in order to maximise ground distance flown for a given altitude.

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The Glide

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

We've previously looked at the descent, descent point and profile management. In this post I will expand on the basic descent and discuss the glide descent profile.

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Stalling for Time

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Ever heard the saying “prevention is better than the cure”? In this post I would like you, the student pilot, to try and apply that...

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A Case of Bad Wind?

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Previously, I discussed the fact that all aspects of a circuit rely upon the accuracy of the section before. If you fly your base turn different each time then, not only will you not learn from circuit to circuit, but your flying will appear (and be!) haphazard and reactionary.

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