Health Matters

    Pilot Mental Fitness The FAA is committed to prioritizing the mental health of pilots.    A July 2023 Office of Inspector General report found that the agency has “comprehensive procedures to evaluate pilots’ psychological health.”   The FAA encourages pilots to seek help if they have a mental-health condition since most, if treated, do not … Continued

Test Your Knowledge

    1. True or false: An airport may not be qualified for alternate use if the navaids use for the final approach are unmonitored. 2. If only one missed approach procedure is available, which of the following conditions is required when conducting “timed approaches from a holding fix”? A. The reported ceiling and visibility … Continued

Tips & Tricks

  Top Six Taxi Tips How to Improve Your Ground Game   By Tom Hoffmann, Managing Editor FAA Safety Briefing   As a student pilot trainee at Long Island’s Mac Arthur Airport (KISP) in Islip, N.Y., my introduction to navigating around an airport was eye-opening to say the least. Besides reviewing my newly purchased Cessna … Continued

AVEMCO 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 … Continued

Safety First

  The Most Dangerous Place in Aviation – The Icy Airport Ramp? By Jason Blair, ATP, CFI-I, MEI-I, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, AGI   So, last winter I remember vividly the moment when I was lying in bed after a visit to my chiropractor thinking, “The most dangerous thing to me losing a medical might … Continued


  Sharing is Caring How Voluntary Reporting Programs Benefit Everyone By Jeffrey Smith, FAA Field Support Program Office   It’s a beautiful winter day with clear skies, unrestricted visibility, and no turbulence. You’re returning to your home base after getting lunch at a nearby airport. Your significant other is next to you, enjoying the benefits … Continued


Disclosing Drug & Alcohol Offenses Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA Federal Air Surgeon Most of you know that there are specific limits regarding alcohol consumption when you plan to fly. You must abstain from alcohol for at least 8 hours prior (12 hours in the military) and your blood alcohol level must be less than 0.04% … Continued


1. Which basic flight maneuver increases the load factor on an airplane as compared to straight-and-level flight? A. Turns B. Stalls C. Climbs D. Descents   2. Which instrument(s) will become inoperative if the static vents become clogged? A. Airspeed only B. Airspeed and altimeter C. Vertical speed and altimeter D. Airspeed, altimeter and vertical … Continued

Avemco Whitepaper

  By Jason Blair, ATP, CFI-I, MEI-I, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, AGI Modern avionics systems help us with lots of things as pilots. They can help us with traffic separation, more accurately navigate approaches to minimums, better navigate enroute, and give us better situational awareness. But one thing they can’t do (yet, and for most … Continued


Keeping the Cabin Warm and Safe By Rebekah Waters FAA Safety Briefing Magazine In the early days of flying, pilots only had a few options for staying warm while flying in winter weather. Initially, flight suits were the only option. By WWII, the Air Force equipped its planes with a Type F-1A utility heater: a … Continued