All posts tagged Advanced Flying

Flying Strategically

What speed are you going to climb at today? I’m guessing most of you are thinking Vy or possibly Vx – best rate and best angle climb speed. Maybe you’re thinking of a standard cruise-climb speed. CRJ-200 pilots might be say 290 knots / .74 Mach, and that certainly fits the standard profile for the airplane.

My answer might seem pretty ambiguous. I don’t know — it depends on the situation.

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Did You Forget How to Land an Airplane?

Any pilot with a few years experience can tell you that good landings come and go. Your landings may be picture-perfect every time, but then you suddenly find yourself in a dry spell. You can’t nail the landing to save your life. It doesn’t matter if you fly every day for a living or if you’re the valiant weekend warrior: we all struggle with this. At times like these, it’s time to get back to basics. Read more…

When You Should Use the Autopilot

Even after flying for the past thirteen years, I still get a kick out of manually steering the airplane around. But I’ve also come to understand that autopilots can be a life-saver. If you’re like me, you probably hate to relinquish the controls to a machine but there are times when you ought to take full advantage of an autopilot. Read more…

Responding to Emergencies by Memory: Immediate Action Items

Last week, I stressed the importance of taking your time when faced with emergencies. Although pilots should never rush through any task, there are some emergencies that require an immediate response. These memory-based checklists are known as immediate action items and can make the difference in a time-critical situation. Read more…

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