AVEMCO SAFETY WHITEPAPER

Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Smart   By Sarah Rovner, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP Owner of FullThrottle Aviation LLC It could not have been a more beautiful day to fly. The crisp, cool fall air with a gentle breeze made for the perfect day of flying. With an occasional cloud drifting overhead, … Continued

CAPTAIN’S CORNER

Autopilot Sophistication and Interfaces By Mick Kaufman   In this issue of BPT TAKEOFF, I will cover a topic that has always sparked interest among our readers, and that is, autopilots. Over the years of writing training articles — and especially after doing a series on autopilots for another publication — I continue to receive … Continued

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

1.  As pilot in command, when are you required to wear your safety belt? A.  During flight B.  During takeoff and landing C.  When flying through turbulent conditions D.  During taxi, takeoff and landing and enroute 2. What is the maximum indicated airspeed for flights at or below 2,500 feet AGL within four nautical miles … Continued

TIPS N’ TIDBITS

Advanced Preflight After Maintenance The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have determined that a significant number of general aviation fatalities could be avoided if pilots were to conduct more thorough preflight inspections of aircraft that have just been returned to service. In-flight emergencies have been the direct … Continued

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

AVEMCO: AVIATION’S ONLY DIRECT INSURANCE CONNECTON SINCE 1961  Sixty years ago, Avemco Insurance Company became the only direct insurer of GA aircraft. Since that day we’ve built our reputation on three principals: A personalized approach to aircraft insurance. A commitment to prompt and fair settlements that get our customers back in the air quickly. A … Continued

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Craig Bailey CFIAIME, ATP, A&P, IA   Recently, BPT TAKEOFF visited with BPT Instructor Craig Bailey. In addition to being a Flight Instructor [Airplane, Instruments and Multiengine], Craig is an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor and FAA Safety Counselor;  Multiengine ATP;  Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic with Inspection Authority. BPT: How did you become involved … Continued

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Craig Bailey CFIAIME, ATP, A&P   Recently, BPT TAKEOFF visited with BPT Instructor Craig Bailey. In addition to being an IA Flight Instructor, Airplane, Instruments and Multiengine, Craig is an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor and FAA Safety Counselor,  Multiengine ATP,  Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic with Inspection Authority. BPT: How did you become involved in … Continued

AVEMCO SAFETY WHITEPAPER

“From the Subjective to the Objective – Making Better Decisions” By Gene Benson Pilot and Aviation Educator We make thousands of decisions every day. Most of them are done with little conscious thought such as whether to eat our soup with a fork or a spoon. Some require more thought but are not terribly important … Continued

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Ron Timmermans, CFI, CFII BPT Ground & Flight Instructor 7,000+ hours   As a child, I would look skyward and dream about becoming an aviator.  After my older brother gave me my first flight in a Piper Tri-Pacer, I was hooked. I knew that I would one day conquer the skies as a pilot. As … Continued

TIPS N’ TIDBITS

Safety Wire Can Save Your Life Failure to properly secure aircraft components can compromise powerplant and control system operation, leading to system and component failures. Properly secure aircraft components with safety wire, ensure that hardware locking mechanisms are properly installed on your aircraft, and check them often to confirm they are taut and ready for … Continued