The Pilot’s iPad Form Factor Choice

When I started learning to fly almost two decades ago the “standard” items in a pilot’s flight bag included some steady standbys. These included items such as a fuel sample cup, headset and aeronautical chart. Many of the contents of … Continue reading

The Rare Tetrahedron

Pilots usually assume a wind sock will be available to indicate wind direction and intensity at every airport. Occasionally though, a different type of wind indicator will be utilized by the airport, though this is extremely rare. How rare? It’s … Continue reading

Let’s Talk Energy Management

Energy management can be something that we as aviators may subconsciously know about, but not necessarily know explicitly. One of the most basic fundamentals of flight is how we manage the energy of the airplane. Too much energy, it’s almost impossible to … Continue reading

Eye of the Storm: Winter Monster

Howling winds, crashing waves, blinding whiteouts, feet of snow. Currently, this Tuesday the 14th, New England is being pummeled with conditions like these. For a student pilot, or even an airline pilot, it will be a pretty easy go/no go … Continue reading

Often Overlooked, Runway Width

Smart pilots review the runway lengths before visiting an airport to see if the runways are long enough for their planned operation. Early in flight training performance considerations come up and one that is big on the written exam as well … Continue reading