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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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Pilot communications

Pilot Communications

Let’s begin with this:  You can be a terrible communicator as a pilot, make every mistake I’m about to describe, and still have a safe and comfortable flight.  There is considerable finesse in handling pilot communications properly, but it is not the end of the world if you have flaws in your technique. Pilots are trained to use very specific...

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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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Airplane Landings

Airplane Landings

Whether you’re sitting in an airport restaurant gazing out at the runway or maybe standing at a small airport with your nose poked through the chain-link fence watching airplane landings and take offs, it’s always thrilling to see an air machine connect with or depart from the pavement.    There’s just something special about seeing thousands of pounds of metal (or...

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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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