When landing, not only is it hard enough to flare at the right altitude to land on the main wheels (tricycle gear) or all 3 wheels (tailwheel aircraft), but we also have to cancel out that pesky drift as well. Yes, some aircraft have built in cross wind landing gears such as the B-52 bomber and the Cessna 195, but the aircraft you fly most likely does not have this luxury. So, you must stop the drift that results from crosswinds when you land!
Today, televised sports events include the use of the instant replay in which the action is replayed in slow motion. This gives the viewer time to see those actions that would otherwise be missed when seen at full speed. We sit in our easy chairs thinking that it's so easy to see all the mistakes and remarkable moves made by the players, but not so easy to do. Flying an aircraft under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is no easy task either requiring max attention to keeping the aircraft upright, on the proper course, and in control
I've read many articles that explain how to improve landings and I note that they tell us it is important to fly stabilized approaches, controlling the airspeed on final, flaring at the correct altitude, and landing on the man wheels in a tricycle aircraft. Although this is good advice, the articles leave out things that I think are difficult to convey which should improve our landings.
So, what is missing? Have any of the articles you’ve read discuss how approaches and landings feel, sound, look, and smell? OK, smelling a landing may not always be a good clue to a good landing, but in a few airplanes I have noted particular "smells" that helped me know that I'm landing at the proper speed.
Not entirely true, but I did have an experience that taught me that I must learn everything about an aircraft a maneuver or task before performing it alone.
People who are not United States citizens are allowed to make 1 training flight in the US, but they must have completed the appropriate paperwork and received TSA approval prior to any subsequent flights. This article will help with some oversight into the process.
The new Private pilot Practical Test Standards dated June 1, 2012, Area of Operation X, Task A (IX Task A in the Commercial PTS dated June 1, 2012) requires applicants to demonstrate their ability to properly perform the Emergency Descent.
Flying in the winter has a number of dangers that need to be addressed. We are going to list with a brief description the major problems that one is likely to encounter during winter flight operations.
The team here at PilotPlanet has had the fortune of sitting down with Marc 'Nate' Nathanson (Ret. Lt. Col USAF, CFI, CFII, MEI, Designated Pilot Examiner) and had him answer some of the common questions he comes across as a DPE that beginning student pilots tend to ask about their flight training. Nate's insight and experience as a DPE is invaluable and we thought we'd share some of his knowledge and wisdom with each of you!
With summertime here in the United States, the days are longer, the skies seem brighter, and the weather seems to be gentler. Who doesn’t want to go flying on a beautiful, sunny, summer day? Because of this summer has got to be the safest time of year to fly and complete your flight training, right? Well, there are few hazards that pilots need to be aware of that are associated with summer flying. These hazards need to be taken seriously and treated with the respect that they deserve. In this article I’m going to outline and explain some of the most common hazards associated with summer flying in the United States.
All pilots remember the good old days of flight training when every spare moment was spent thinking about flying and eagerly awaiting their next lesson. Lessons were scheduled in advance weeks at a time, the budget was accounted for, and flying was as large a priority as it would ever be for many of us. One thing that many low time pilots fail to realize is that this is also a time that, despite having little experience, many of us are at the height of our proficiency. Flying frequently, under an instructor’s critical eye, and with their heads in the books between flights explains why student pilots of all levels are generally the most proficient pilots in the sky besides the minority of pilots who continue on to a professional career in aviation.
We know that technology waits for no one and it takes constant study to remain sharp to safely fly the new sophisticated equipment. Any aircraft can safely carry you to your destination or complete the mission if flown correctly, but it can hurt you as well. It really doesn't matter what you fly. You must maintain currency and having a plan will help.