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Safety Briefs

No time to wade through a book? These article-length publications will get you up to speed in a hurry.

safety briefCombating Carb Ice

Chilly outside temperatures with moist air are telltale signs of icing potential, so certainly icing couldn’t occur with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, right? Wrong. This Safety Brief examines the dangers of carb ice, providing the keys to understanding and combating this year--round icing risk. Download it!

safety briefCold Facts: Wing Contamination

During the last 10 years, there have been over 30 accidents on takeoff as a result of wing contamination by snow, frost, and ice. A few simple steps during preflight could have easily prevented these accidents. Download it!

safety briefCharity Fundraising Flying

Ever flown passengers to raise money for charity? Whether you know it or not, you've accepted a greater level of responsibility. Sadly, over the years, a few pilots have failed to take that responsibility seriously, and lives have been lost as a result. Fortunately, though, the risks of charity operations are fairly predictable. Download it!

safety briefBraking Action Reports

Have you ever tuned in the ATIS at your favorite airport only to hear "...braking action fair" and wondered exactly what it meant? These reports highlight one of the hazards of winter flying—taxiways and runways covered in snow, ice and slush. These conditions should not always deter pilots from taking to the air in winter. This season offers some of the best days to fly—smooth rides, great visibility and excellent aircraft performance. Download it!

safety briefBird Strikes

As the population of birds has increased in North America, so has the number of reported aircraft bird strikes. But in all of the data that is published, not much is said about how to handle one. Fortunately, a little preparation, common sense, and thoughtfulness can help you avoid a “fowled-up” flight. Download it!

safety briefTerrain Avoidance

Since 1993 there have been over 380 fatal night VFR accidents. This Safety Brief explains how you can use readily available information on VFR and IFR charts to avoid obstacles and terrain when flying. Download it!

safety briefRamp Operations

Knowing what will keep you and your passengers safe is the key to conducting each flight safely. Because the ramp area can be full of hazards, educating yourself about some of the common dangers on the ramp will help you navigate to and from your aircraft without incident. This safety brief examines some of the things you can do to protect yourself, and your passengers, each and every time you go flying. Download it! (PDF file — 596KB)

safety briefPneumatic Systems

Pneumatic systems, commonly known as vacuum or pressure systems, power the heading and attitude indicators in most general aviation (GA) aircraft, and in some aircraft, also power the autopilot and de-ice systems. For pilots who regularly fly at night or in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) these systems are essential. This Safety Brief explains how the pneumatic system works, how to recognize a system failure, and system redundancy options. Download it!

safety briefIn-Flight Electrical Fires

Although in-flight electrical fires are extremely rare, they can happen at any time — and they can be disastrous, as proven in the 2007 fatal accident involving a Cessna 310 in Sanford, FL. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and take action if you experience this type of event. Download it!