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What Happens During a Small-Plane Takeoff?

Small Plane Take Off

Some people warm up their cars before taking to the road but others don’t.  Some use electric turning signals, some use hand signals, and others don’t. There is a lot of variation in how people begin their drives with some using a more thoughtful, experienced approach and others just taking their chances. In aviation, with …

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Preparing a Small Airplane for an Anticipated Hard Landing

Preparing for a Small Plane Crash

With all of the safety advances in equipment and in pilot training, the vast majority of airplane problems are surmountable, and even if an airplane makes its way to the ground against the will of the pilot, in the majority of cases things come out acceptable and nobody dies. As a matter of fact, after …

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Some Things that Surprise First-Time Small-Airplane Passengers

flying in small airplane for the first time

Flying in a small aircraft or even going down the runway is especially valuable for a first-time, front-seat passenger. In this case, they can look down the runway while the airplane is accelerating (or, if it’s landing, while the airplane is approaching the runway). That view is fantastic, and it is not available for passengers …

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Minter Field Airport District AeroCamp Scholarship

CAU scholarship opportunity

Minter Field Airport District will award a $725 scholarship to 3 Kern County residents for Summer AeroCamp at California Aeronautical University Minter Field Airport recently announced its “Minter Field Airport District Scholarship,” a $725 scholarship awarded to three Kern County residents who attend California Aeronautical University’s summer aviation camp, AeroCamp. As a Kern County partner …

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

Oxygen for passengers in small planes

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 …

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