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Airplane Cockpit

The Basics of the Cockpit

The cockpit of even the smallest and simplest airplane can be an overwhelming place. Fortunately, the most “hands-on” elements of the cockpit—those which enable the pilot to direct the airplane’s actual movement from taxiing to landing—are usually similar from one cockpit design to another. Even if a new single-engine student pilot had never seen the astounding Boeing 777 cockpit, he...

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Velocity Airspeeds

V1 and Other Airspeeds

In aviation, the concept of “speed” isn’t just “how fast an aircraft is going.” It can refer to a number of operating conditions in relation to the aircraft. To fully understand the capacities, safe performance operation, and limitations of any aircraft, it’s important to have a good grasp of “velocity speeds”, known as V-speeds. For the most part, V-speeds correspond...

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Small Plane Interacting With The Air

Do Small Airplanes Fly Better on Cold Days Than on Hot Days?

To a non-pilot’s eye, on cold days and hot days, an airplane taking off, flying overhead, or landing looks pretty much the same.  Sure, if it’s icy or raining very hard, there is a chance that the airplane could slip or hydroplane, but other than that, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference. But there is a difference....

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CAU will Award a $150,000 Scholarship

California Aeronautical University will award a $150,000 scholarship to one high school senior to earn a professional pilot degree. In an effort to help the next generation start successful careers as professional pilots, California Aeronautical Universityis proud to offer the “Dreams Take Flight Scholarship.” Awarded to one current high school senior, the Scholarship covers all of the tuition and fees...

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Small Plane Navigation

How Do Small Airplanes Find Their Way Around?

Giant airplanes like airliners and military transport aircraft use sophisticated, onboard methods to fly from Point A to Point B.  Today, they usually use GPS (Global Positioning System) and/or a combination of other methods using lasers, gyroscopes, and other sophisticated stuff. Interestingly, a few years ago, the military deliberately downgraded the GPS signals the USA’s satellites put out.  In this...

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