GOLD STANDARD AVIATION TRAINING BLOG

You should have your head examined if you don’t hold a BasicMed certificate in addition to your regular Third Class Medical.. Several times each year I am handed an expired FAA medical or one about to expire by a clueless...
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Many instrument rated pilots believe the added safety and security of an instrument flight plan far exceeds the perceived ‘risk’ of relying exclusively on your own eyes and mind to avoid traffic, airspace, obstacles, and just plain finding the runway....
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Do you carry a little extra speed on final for safety? If you do, the FAA and just about every experienced flight instructor will tell you “don’t do it!”. Carrying an extra five knots on final will result in floating...
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Some pilots call the yellow arc “the caution range” but a better name is ‘smooth air range’. Basically you should not fly in the yellow arc if there is any turbulence including light chop, or “bumpy” as some call it....
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Do you fly an airplane like you’re driving a race car? From time to time I observe a pilot gripping the yoke with both hands during the takeoff roll or landing flare and rollout. Doing so probably commits this pilot...
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