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Oxygen for passengers in small planes

Why Small Planes Don’t Have Oxygen for Passengers & Pilots

Oxygen (O2) is the most vital of the gases that comprise our atmosphere.  The typical percent of oxygen in breathable air is 20.9%, although we can live with as little as 19.5%.  That’s a small spread.  And it’s not just the percent of oxygen that is important:  It is the pressure of the air, and the oxygen within that air,...

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Preflight Checklist - Cal Aero

Airplane Preflight

Pilots are taught that they must check out an airplane with great care before taking to the air with the machine.  This process is called a preflight.  But what goes on during a preflight.  Does a pilot walk-up and kick the tires and peer into a gas tank to make sure there’s enough then start ‘er up and head for...

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Survival Guide for New Student Pilots

Aviation is a world of its own.  For new students aspiring to become pilots, starting flight training can be much like learning a brand-new language.  We asked our flight instructors and Director of Flight Training to give us their tips for new students.   Early is on time. On time is late.In the world of flying, things are always changing....

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Meet Dr. Berry CAU’s Director of Education

Dr. Michael Berry has always had a love for aviation.  Growing up in a military family, his father would take him to the airfields as a child where he would look to the sky as planes came and went and watched his father work on aircraft.  Life as a military child took Dr. Berry all over the world.  Born in...

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Airplane Transponder - CAU

The Airplane Transponder

Beyond the amazing aeronautical and thrust design developments we have pursued since the Wright brothers, arguably the next greatest development in aviation has been in electronic communications, including nonverbal communication such as the transponder.  The privilege of talking over a radio and speaking directly and instantaneously with air traffic control (ATC) or even with other airborne pilots has enhanced safety...

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