Windshear is quite simply rapidly changing wind... it could be horizontal (such as from a low level jetstream) or vertical (such as from convective weather). The term windshear literally means a “tearing” of the wind as it changes abruptly. What many pilots cannot easily define though is how much tearing ...
November 5, 2017Michael Schuster
Most instrument rated pilots are now familiar with the requirement to conduct Stabilized Constant Descent Angle (SCDA) approaches – sometimes referred to as a Constant Descent Final Approach (CDFA). The SCDA is a method by which we no longer “step down” on a non-precision approach (NPA); rather we calculate ...
October 15, 2017Michael Schuster
Here are some common issues that still crop up in flight training. What do you think the answers are? Try out this short quiz – it’s based on some of the most common issues we see every day. 1. What qualifications are required before a candidate can commence the ground ...
August 2, 2017Michael Schuster
When is it Logged? Wouldn't it be great if XC was defined in the CARs? Alas, it's not. It’s a question that often comes up and unfortunately many of the “answers” out there are just plain wrong. Here is the most widely accepted interpretation of what XC is ...
June 21, 2017Michael Schuster
VNAV is a very useful tool in aircraft that have a Flight Management System (FMS) - in fact, we can even set up VNAV in many stand-alone GPS units! But before a pilot jumps into programming their VNAV, it's first important to look into, and understand, what VNAV is. In ...
March 7, 2017Michael Schuster
Can I be held responsible for someone else’s actions? by Adam Shehata. Yes, you can… along with your CFI and the flight school owner. What many flight instructors do not realize is that the flight instructor can be held responsible for the student’s actions or inactions, even if they are ...
February 5, 2017Michael Schuster
This is the fourth in a series of articles on incorporating airline best practices into ab-intio flight training, by Scott Peters. There is an expression out there and it goes like this: “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” This is an interesting expression which must ...
January 22, 2017Scott Peters
What your website says and looks like tells prospective students (aka customers) a lot about your operation before they even visit it. These days, most potential contacts for you and your school will research their aviation goals on-line before coming out to visit the airport. So, what does your website ...
January 8, 2017Michael Schuster
“I have a friend who owns an airplane. Can you teach me on that?” by Adam Shehata. This question occasionally comes up in flight training and there are several factors to consider before answering. In essence, what the person is asking is whether you can conduct training in an aircraft not ...
December 2, 2016Michael Schuster
This is the third in a series of articles on incorporating airline best practices into ab-intio flight training, by Scott Peters. When I became a more “seasoned” flight instructor, it would be a common occurrence to command a go-around, missed, or overshoot. This was often followed by a transfer of control ...
November 6, 2016Scott Peters