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How Pilots Talk to non-Pilots | CAU

How Pilots Should Talk to Non-Pilots

Pilots necessarily have a significant aeronautical vocabulary that has been refined for decades.  Much of it is formalized in the Pilot/Controller Glossary (Federal Aviation Administration, 2014) and in the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM) (Federal Aviation Administration, 2017).  Both of these are published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is the governmental arm responsible for overseeing air travel in the USA. The...

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Small Plane Passenger | CAU

What Passengers Can Do in Small Plane Emergencies

Let’s begin with this:  Airplane accidents and incidents, whether in a relatively small plane like a four-seater or in giant airliners, are incredibly-rare events and, despite the common fiction, people do not typically die in airplane accidents. According to the National Transportation Safety Board’s latest, 2015 Civil Aviation Accident Statistics (the latest combined data available), across the country, there were...

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Private Pilot Flying Requirements | CAU

How a Private Pilot Gets Ready for a Flight

In the outstanding TV series Sky King, which ran from 1951 to 1962, “Sky” would rush out to his twin-engine Cessna, the Songbird, start her up, and spring into the sky, ready to do good deeds at a moment’s notice. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? It’s not.  It’s death-defying. Before any flight, all pilots must do multiple checks to prepare for...

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Learning To Fly | CAU

The Easy and Hard Parts of Learning to Fly

Remember back when you were learning how to drive? At the beginning, it was probably kind of confusing, especially if you were trying to learn on a stick shift.  How fast do I let the clutch out? How can I figure out where to put my foot when I’m not looking down? How do I drive up a hill? It all...

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Cockpit Distractions | CAU

Potential Distractions in the Cockpit

In commercial airline flights these days the cabin where the pilots are located is always locked up and secured, allowing the pilot and co-pilot to fly the plane without distractions. The same is not true when you look at a small plane situation with the cockpit open to the rest of the smaller craft. Let’s delve into the world of...

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