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Propeller care: Preventive maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2013

Preventive maintenance begins with regular, careful inspections of the propeller. Even small areas of damage such as nicks and rock dings can represent stress points that can lead to cracks or corrosion.

Mentor Matters: Runway analysis

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In a previous article, I discussed the fallacy that jet aircraft may not legally depart IFR unless able to maintain any specified departure procedure (DP) climb gradient following the loss of an engine. While many pilots widely believe this true, the AIM is clear in stating that DPs assume normal aircraft performance with all engines operating.

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered

Article | May 30, 2013

As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the NTSB said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> The Weather Briefing Check these elements for a good preflight decision BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, February 2004.) Imagine that soon after earning your private pilot certificate you're taking a friend -- who knows nothing about aviation -- for an airplane ride. Both of you are belted into a Cessna 152 and you've just started going through the prestart checklist when your friend says, "I thought you have a pilot's license.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> Weather on the Web The Internet is a valuable flight-planning tool BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, January 2002.) Figure 1: Detailed North American surface analysis chart Figure 2: A simplified surface analysis chart Figure 3: A simplified weather depiction chart Figure 4: Part of a NWS weather depiction chart A few minutes of surfing the Web can usually give a pilot a pretty good idea about whether going flying today is a good idea. Looking at a few weather charts might make it obvious that the weather where you want to fly is so bad that it's not worth the trouble of obtaining a formal preflight weather briefing.

NASA report: Your 'get out of jail free' card?

Article | Oct 16, 2012

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), known to many as the "NASA report," is designed to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who are actually using the system. But the best part is you may possibly 'get out of jail free' by sharing the information.

Airport safety management a matter of scale

Advocacy | Sep 05, 2012

A culture of aviation safety has broad industry support. But requiring general aviation airports to implement safety management systems (SMS) based on programs at commercial-service airports would impose crippling burdens on the smaller facilities, AOPA said in a regulatory filing.

Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

A recently published FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents.