Risk Management is an important topic within the EAA, especially when you consider that loss of control accidents are the biggest killer of pilots in the E-AB community. This year, the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center has created three training scenarios for their RedBird Simulations that let pilots experience an engine failure on take-off, the perils of the steep pullout after a low pass, and the feeling of losing it in the base-to-final turn and ending up in a spin. Continue reading "Reducing Loss of Control Accidents"
The talk of pilots today at Oshkosh were the many challenging arrivals experienced by many of the thousands of pilots over the last couple of days. The image that you see here is not doctored in any way - that is the way we received it from an experienced pilot who arrived yesterday. If that doesn't scare you, nothing will! Continue reading "Problem Arrival"
If you've been flying in to AirVenture since it was still just called "Oshkosh," you probably have the arrival and departure procedures down cold. There are minor changes or additions to the NOTAM each year of course - but I can't really recall a major change to the procedures themselves in years. Every year we hear suggestions for improvement, but overall, they tend to work pretty well, and I think the powers that be figure more people would mess up if they were changed than if they leave them as they are and just deal with the occasional deviation. Thats' just a guess of course - I have no inside knowledge of how the procedures or book are created. Continue reading "Reviewing the NOTAM"
I am often amazed at just how big our margins can be in aviation. Engineering margins, that is - operational margins are as big (or as small) as pilots want to make them. Here is a good case in point. This is the right tank-to-selector fuel line off of a very early two-seat RV. It's been flying for probably well over 30 years. See that crimp? Look more closely - inside the crimp are three very sharp depressions that look like they were made with teeth from a tool of some sort. If you look inside the end of the tube with a bright light, you can actually see each individual tooth mark! Continue reading "Nope, no, no way... flying 30+ years!"
Garmin announced the inReach Mini, a smaller and more compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Measuring just under 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide, and weighing 3.5 ounces, the inReach Mini can easily be carried in a backpack, boat, plane, or glovebox. No more worrying about spotty coverage or being within range of a cell tower - the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network. Continue reading "Garmin's new inReach mini two-way satellite communicator"
Flying through the holiday season has its challenges - climatically, winter is blowing in and that means fast-moving systems with lots of cold. In the summer, we worry about heat energetic in the atmosphere kicking up connective activity. When cold, high pressure moves in it brings high winds and all the mechanical issues associated with low temperatures - cold engines, cold tires, cracking plastic and frosted up windows. Some of these are nuisances, some are hard on aircraft, and some - icing - can make flying hazardous. Continue reading "The Tundra in Winter"