All posts tagged FAR / AIM

CFI Falsely Accused of Flying Bombing Run

Ah hangar talk. The endless B-S-fest that us pilots just can’t seem to get enough of. I heard an interesting bit of hangar talk the other day.

An experienced flight instructor, let’s call him John Doe, steps into the FBO with his student and notices the manager looking rather flustered on the phone.

“Hey John, it’s for you. It’s the FAA, and they ain’t too happy.” Read more…

VFR Flight Above the Clouds

A lot of VFR pilots talk about punching through holes in the cloud deck and flying on top. This usually raises a few eyebrows, and brings up a few questions. Is this legal? And more importantly, is it safe? Read more…

When to Declare Minimum Fuel

The Pilot / Controller Glossary in the AIM defines minimum fuel as an indication that an aircraft’s fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay. It is important to keep in mind that a minimum fuel advisory is not an emergency; it is only an advisory that an emergency situation is possible should any undue delay occur. But when should you declare minimum fuel? Read more…

Under Pressure: FAR Part 91.144

A few weeks ago I was doing my normal routine preparing the airplane for a short haul from Memphis to Chattanooga when the altimeter setting floored me. “Altimeter 30.82,” the ATIS read. That was one mighty high pressure system we were under. In fact, 30.82 is a whole 900 foot difference from the standard altimeter setting of 29.92! This reminded me of the elusive FAR Part 91.144. Read more…

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