WP: AOA, Stalls, and Spins

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCDC4NgYyao[/embedyt] Talk about bernouli Summary: Angle of attack is the angle between the chord line and the direction of the relative wind Relative wind is the direction of airflow relative to the wing when the wing is moving through the air The wing chord line is a straight line from the leading edge to… Continue reading WP: AOA, Stalls, and Spins

WP: Forces of Flight and Controls

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDIg7yVO6zw[/embedyt] Primary Flight Controls are things like: Ailerons Rudder Elevator or Stabilator Secondary Flight Controls are things like: Trim Flaps Spoilers Bernoulli’s Principle is: when you increase the speed of air over the top of a wing, you decrease its pressure, thus generating lift. Lift = Weight and Thrust = Drag anytime the airplane is… Continue reading WP: Forces of Flight and Controls

Written Test Prep Pr Copy

Your 2.5 Hour Exam The FAA written is a 60 question test for Private Pilots and they give you 2.5 hours to complete it. You’ll take the test on a computer, and answer a few obvious questions to start out with before taking the real test just to get a feel for how the software… Continue reading Written Test Prep Pr Copy

Regulations Pr Copy

Federal Aviation Regulations Hope you’re still awake there guys!  Understandably the “book work” side of things with ADM, Medical Factors, etc. isn’t quite as exciting as watching videos on flying around busy airspace, but it is what will ultimately keep you safe and legal in the sky.  Below we have some more rules for you… Continue reading Regulations Pr Copy

ADM / CRM / SRM Pr Copy

Aeronautical Decision Making, Crew Resource Management, Single Pilot Resource Management While these might be big fancy titles, the actual concepts they represent are actually much more simple, and probably something you already do to some extent subconsciously.  The whole idea behind these concepts is to reduce GA accidents.  The diagram above shows where GA accidents… Continue reading ADM / CRM / SRM Pr Copy

Spatial Disorientation Pr Copy

Spatial disorientation Spatial disorientation results from the brain not properly interpreting the signals it is receiving from the rest of the body.  Remember, flying is not natural for humans, this is partly what makes it so great! The body uses three integrated systems that work together to ascertain orientation and movement in space. Vestibular system—organs… Continue reading Spatial Disorientation Pr Copy

Medical Factors Pr Copy

Medications and the FAA Obviously, lots of us take medications for one thing or another.  If you are training for your Sport Pilot Certificate it is especially important you are familiar with what is and is not allowed by the FAA as you may not be regularly seeing an AME (aviation medical examiner, basically a… Continue reading Medical Factors Pr Copy

Graphic Forecast Area Pr Copy

Graphic Forecast Area Tool We used to have something called “area forecasts”.  Don’t worry, you’re not missing out on much.  They were several pages long of coded information you had to try and decipher to figure what kind of weather there was out there and where it was (imagine a METAR or TAF that was… Continue reading Graphic Forecast Area Pr Copy