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Top Ten CFI-I Tricks of the Trade

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I pulled this list from the May issue of IFR magazine. The article discusses esssential tips and tricks for IFR flying. Good advice for everyone, I think.

1. Know how to operate within the IFR system, what/who/when to ask questions and gather information.

2. Know your equipment.

3. Seek understanding, knowledge and avoid “crutches”.

4. Watch you track.

5. Don’t believe one needle (aka trust but verify).

6. Utilize CRM to build SA.

7. Fly in actual IMC. Use building block approach, conservative go/no-go criteria and/or CFI-I.

8. Practice IMC to VMC transitions to land.

9. Learn Control and Performance method of flying. Power, Attitude, Trim.

10. Keep a positive mental attitude of continuous learning and applied wisdom.

Check out IFR

Fly Smart

Clark

Written by Clark

May 9, 2007 at 9:32 pm

P-3 Recovery

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How many AN-124s does it take to fly a P-3 out of China?

P-3 Recovery

AN-124 and EP-3

Fly Smart…and watch out for China…

Clark

Written by Clark

April 9, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Defensive Posturing

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The main hazard during flight training (or any flying for that matter) is letting the aircraft get to an unrecoverable state, and the way to prevent that is defensive posturing. Defensive posturing is the mental attitude and associated physical actions that ensure that an aircraft never reaches an undesired state. Maintaining a defensive posture to manage threat and error is the key to flying smart.

Read Kent Lewis’ Article on Defensive Posturing.
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Special thanks to Barbara and David Mikkelson and Snopes for the amazing photos and story behind them.

Written by Clark

April 6, 2007 at 12:20 pm

GA HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER FOR RUNWAY SAFETY

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From AOPA e-pilot
General aviation could provide a solution for the gnawing problem of runway incursions that affects every segment of aviation, AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg told the NTSB on March 27 during a “Runway Incursion Forum.” The forum marked the 30-year anniversary of the world’s worst aviation accident, the collision between two Boeing 747s on a foggy runway in Tenerife, Canary Islands. Landsberg was one of the featured panelists for the daylong forum in Washington, D.C. “Distraction remains enemy No. 1,” said Landsberg, “and multi-tasking makes you stupid. When the aircraft is moving on the ground, 100 percent of our attention needs to be focused on where we are and where we’re going.” The national system is averaging about 330 runway incursions a year, although only 10 percent of those were serious enough that they could have led to an accident. But as Landsberg pointed out, GA already has some solutions, including portable cockpit technology and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s Runway Safety online course, that could be adapted to all segments of aviation.

Written by Clark

April 4, 2007 at 7:57 am

998 or 29.98?!

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Altimeter

Ah, look at the cute altimeter, it’s pretty! Did you know it can kill you if not you put the right number in the wrong window? Got a great tip on my last rotation about altimeter settings. When you read back and crosscheck the altimeter setting, use all of the numbers and if it is millibars, say millibars after the numbers. This will mentally help you remember to dial the setting into the proper window. Things will be “not so good” if you mistake “998” mb for 29.98 inhg. Next time you’re preflighting, dial 998 into both windows and look at the difference between the settings. It’s almost 400 (yep, that’s a 4 plus two zeros) feet off. Think that will come into play, on final and in the goo? Avoid the error by managing the threat.

Fly Smart

Clark

Written by Clark

April 3, 2007 at 11:50 am

Takeoff and Landing Threat Reduction

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Takeoff and Landing Threat Reduction ppt presented by SW Region FAAST Prrogram Manager James McElvain to DPEs and CFIs..
• 42% of accidents occur during the landing phase of flight and account for 3.3% of the fatalities.
• 15% of accidents occur during the take off phase of flight, and account for 14% of fatalities.
• With well over 50% of the GA accidents due to Take Off and Landing issues, this area is the key to large scale accident reduction.
CFI’s we need your help. We have a LOSS of Control Problem!

Please review the attached ppt for more information, or visit the FASTeam logoFAASTeam website to view Takeoff and Landing Threat Management

And I’ll add, a stabilized approach is key. If you aren’t on speed, on glidepath, and properly configured at 250-500 feet agl in VMC (500-1000 feet agl IMC), GO AROUND! You’re flying because you like to, right? GO AROUND and get more flight time. Go Arounds need practice too!
Fly Smart
Clark
Crosswind LandingAOPA’s info on Crosswind Landings

Written by Clark

March 31, 2007 at 8:28 pm