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3 Tips for Communicating with Air Traffic Control

Communicating With Air Traffic Control - California Aeronautical University

Communicating with air traffic control is an essential aspect of acting as pilot in command. These 3 tips can help you communicate more effectively and safely with traffic controllers. Most ground school courses in flight school do not spend a lot of time discussing how to speak with air traffic controllers while acting as pilot …

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Understanding the Sterile Cockpit Rule

Sterile Cockpit Rule - California Aeronautical University

What is a sterile cockpit/sterile flight deck? It’s a daily part of life for many pilots on every flight. If you have ever been on an airline flight, it has affected you, too. Understanding the sterile cockpit rule not only helps you to become a better pilot, but a more effective crew member, flight attendant, …

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4 Steps to Understanding Aviation Weather and PIREPS

Aviation Weather and PIREPs - California Aeronautical University

Weather briefings are of vital importance in aviation. No matter where you are starting or where you are headed, taking off without proper meteorological information is a gamble. These four steps will help you to understand aviation weather and PIREPS. Inclement weather can strand pilots who are unable to fly IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) or, …

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AIRMET vs SIGMET: What You Need to Know

AIRMET vs SIGMET - California Aeronautical University

When flying, it’s important to know the difference between AIRMET vs SIGMET, and what to do when alerted of one. Here’s what each pilot should know. One of the first aspects about aviation that student pilots usually learn is that weather awareness is a massive aspect of flight. Looking out the window at what is …

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4 Considerations of a Crosswind Landing Every Great Pilot Should Know

Crosswind Landing - California Aeronautical University

A crosswind landing can be stressful and difficult, here are four considerations that every great pilot should know. Inexperienced pilots sometimes fly in dread of a crosswind landing.  Sometimes experienced aviators prefer to avoid them. Such extreme conditions are usually rare, however, and safe pilots tend to avoid such landing situations to begin with. Professional …

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