Here’s a guest post by Paul Guerrier with a good overview of getting started in aviation.
When you were a child, you probably dreamed of being a pilot. It’s rare that a person grows up uninterested in flying and then suddenly decides that he wants to fly. It’s a lifelong passion. Sadly many kids give up on it when they grow up, but you don’t have to. That dream can be a reality if you’re willing to work at it. While the process is difficult, it’s nowhere near impossible. The most important steps are finding the right school and getting all of your required flight hours in. Then, it’s a matter of practice, practice, practice.
In this guest post, Kyle Garrett, founder of Aviation Schools Online shares his tips on choosing a great flight school.
There comes a time in every person’s life in which they must make tough decisions for the betterment of their career. A pilot’s life is no different. Flight school, regardless if Part 61 or 141, is a timely and expensive investment. Whether a pilot is looking to forge forth with a career in aviation or simply for private piloting, ensuring you are matched up with the optimal flight school is crucial. This doesn’t mean there is only one school that is right for each pilot, there could be several. What this means is to use your best judgment and to match up your own skills and aspirations with a school that offers comparative opportunities. Here are some tips for finding the right flight school. One option is to find a flight school through AviationSchoolsOnline.com or by exploring the home website of the flight school itself.
The minima section of an RNAV or GPS approach chart looks like a bowl of alphabet soup. Full of ever-changing acronyms, it’s hard for the weekend flyer to keep up. To help, I studied the AIM and compiled this at-a-glance list of GPS approach minima and what they mean to you.
||GNSS Landing System
||GLS uses LAAS (Local Area Augmentation System) to provide ILS-like lateral and vertical guidance. GLS is still under development
||Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance
||Uses WAAS to provide ILS-like lateral and vertical guidance. Minimums will be slightly higher than GLS
||Lateral Navigation with Vertical Navigation
||Vertical guidance provided by a barometric altimeter based system or WAAS GPS
||Localizer-like performance provided by a WAAS capable GPS. No vertical guidance
||Step-down non precision approach with no vertical guidance. Any GPS certified for IFR approaches can fly to LNAV minimums
All of this information and more is in the latest Airman Information Manual. For the 2013 manual, check pages 5-4-21 and 5-4-22.
At a wedding last week, I spent some time chatting with my buddy’s father — a private pilot and owner/builder of a beautiful Van’s RV-6A. When I asked him about his plane, he confessed that he hasn’t flown in a very long time.
It’s a common story across the general-aviation sector. Pilot’s aren’t flying as much as they used to. In the Air Facts Journal, John Zimmerman warns that pilots might be losing proficiency. So what can we do about it?