Archive for May, 2011

How to hold the checklist

How to hold the checklist

Instrument rated pilots are all too familiar with fixation: the tendency to stare at a single instrument instead of maintaining a good scan. But flight instruments aren’t the only thing us pilots get distracted by, sometimes checklist usage gets in the way of flying the airplane.

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The Seeds Of Disaster

Bent propeller blades following a propstrike

“…it must have caught the prop when it came back up. We never looked at anything other than the wing tip, and seeing no damage, decided it was fine to continue the flight.”In flying one of the most critical things pilots seem to forget is that many accidents have the seeds of disaster planted before we ever get in the airplane. One incident in my early flying career clearly demonstrates this fact.

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Sporty’s Study Buddy iPhone/iPad App Review

Review of Sporty's Study Budy iPhone App

Sporty’s Study Buddy is an exceptionally simple iPhone and iPad App, and I mean that in the best way. Study Buddy offers itself as a definitive one-stop solution to the FAA Test Prep problem. AviationChatter was given the opportunity to evaluate the latest version of Study Buddy (Private Pilot). Find out if you should buy or pass on this one.

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See The Blue Angels in HD Video

The Blue Angels in tight formation

Aerobatics is cool. Naval aviation is cool. And when you put the two together you get the über-cool Blue Angels, the US Navy flight demonstration squadron. As an outfit, the Blue Angels have been wowing airshow crowds since 1946 with their precision maneuvers and tight formation flying and this video captures the latest generation of Blue Angels F/A-18A-D Hornets in vivid HD. Smoke on!

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