Lessons

Directions

    When flying in foreign airspace, it’s important to be able to understand air traffic control’s (ATC) instructions as well as being able to communicate back. Let’s start with the two basic directions:         Let’s say you encounter a line of thunderstorms along your route.  You may have to notify ATC …

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Precipitation

  Precipitation or “Precip” is water falling from the atmosphere.  It’s important to know the different types of precipitation because they can affect flight operations.  The amount or intensity of precipitation can be defined as:   Light Moderate Heavy   Let’s take a look at the three types of precipitation:      Rain Rain occurs when the atmosphere …

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Air Rage

  It seems to be more common to read in the news about an unruly passenger misbehaving on a commercial flight.  An unruly passenger may pose a threat to the safety and security of a flight by becoming violent towards other passengers and flight crew.   What causes air rage? Most cases of air rage are …

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Bird strikes

Almost every pilot has come close to hitting a bird in flight at least once in their career.  While most bird strikes do not severely damage the airplane, the threat is still possible.  In this video I discuss: What a bird strike is What factors increase the chance of a bird strike Ways to prevent bird …

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