Concorde Aircraft Batteries: The Heart of Your Aircraft Means Peace of Mind for Pilots   You start your mental pre-flight as you walk out to your aircraft.  You’ve filed your flight plan, NOTAM’s have been reviewed and the weather is perfect!  Looking over your aircraft, there are no abnormalities.  Climb in, seat belt latched, turning … Continued


Dan Ramirez CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, 5000 + Training hours As a child, I was always fascinated by airplanes. I often wondered what it would be like to fly like a bird.   In 1990, I learned to fly at the Aeroclub at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California. My wife was a secretary … Continued


  Three Approaches to a Pre-Purchase Inspection   By Jason Blair, ATP, CFI-I, MEI-I, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, AGI When it comes to having a pre-purchase inspection done on an aircraft I find there are three basic approaches to determine how thorough of an inspection a buyer may want to incur: Gamble, good enough, and … Continued

Test Your Knowledge

1. The maximum authorized indicated airspeed for flight beneath the lateral limits of a Class B airspace area, or in a VFR corridor designated through a Class B airspace area is: A. 156 knots B. 180 knots C. 200 knots D. 250 knots   2. The wind at 5,000 feet AGL is southwesterly, while the … Continued


MOUNTAIN FLYING Flying over mountains can offer beautiful scenery and views you just can’t get from the ground. Whether it’s the Rockies, the Appalachians, or the Alps, mountain flying is often an unforgettable experience. However, keep in mind that mountain flying also involves more risks than flying over the flatlands. Mountain Weather Mountain weather can … Continued


Passing the Stress Test   by Susan K. Parson, FAA Safety Briefing Editor Human beings are amazingly diverse, but the discipline of human factors tells us that we have certain “factors of humans” in common. These include cognitive functions such as attention, detection, perception, memory, judgment/reasoning, and decision making. Such factors play a role in … Continued