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How it Works: Airspeed Indicator (Extensive Guide)

How it Works: Airspeed Indicator (Extensive Guide) 0

No matter what type of vehicle you are commanding, one of the most important things to know is how fast you are traveling. For that, you need to consult an instrument of some type. Cars have speedometers, and aircraft have airspeed indicators.

The 4 Types of Airspeed: How Each Works (Complete Guide)

The 4 Types of Airspeed: How Each Works (Complete Guide) 0

On the ground, speed is relatively simple to measure, and vehicles like cars only measure one type of speed. Once you take to the air though, other factors like air density and wind come into play and must be accounted for. Accounting for and quantifying the impact of these factors is what led to the definition of the four different types of airspeed.

Wake Turbulence Avoidance: All the Details to Keep in Mind

Wake Turbulence Avoidance: All the Details to Keep in Mind 0

You are setting up your approach for a landing in your Cessna 172 when you realize that a large jet is in the pattern just ahead of you. Before you can react, your whole plane is violently shoved to the side and rolls as if pushed by an invisible hand. You quickly right yourself and resume course as your understandably flustered passenger asks, "What just happened?" Your answer? "Wake turbulence."

How to Read an Altimeter (Complete Guide)

How to Read an Altimeter (Complete Guide) 0

A cockpit can be outfitted with all the gauges in the world, but if a pilot is not comfortable reading them and using that information to make an informed decision about flying the aircraft, what is the point? An altimeter is one of those key gauges that every pilot must be competent using.

GUMPS Check: Checklist that Every Pilot Needs (Crucial)

GUMPS Check: Checklist that Every Pilot Needs (Crucial) 0

Pilots just love their checklists, don’t they? Part of being a pilot is managing and methodically working through a series of checklists designed to keep us safe through each phase of our flight. We know they are vital and that properly following the checklists significantly cuts our risk of preventable and potentially catastrophic critical fails.

Aircraft Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI): How Does it Work?

Aircraft Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI): How Does it Work? 0

The airspeed indicator tells a pilot their horizontal velocity, and the altimeter advises pilots of their current altitude, but how does a pilot know how fast that altitude is changing? For this you need to consult your aircraft’s vertical speed indicator (VSI).

Aircraft Inspection: Guide to Keeping Your Plane Safe

Aircraft Inspection: Guide to Keeping Your Plane Safe 0

If your car breaks down while you are driving it, you can simply call for roadside assistance and wait for them to show up. Even if the engine quits, all you need to do is coast to the side of the road and park on the shoulder until you get towed to the shop. With airplanes on the other hand, mechanical, electrical, and component failures have the potential to be much more catastrophic. There is no breakdown lane to wait in when your propeller stops turning at 10,000 feet. Avoiding the problem in the first place is critically important, and one way to do that is with aircraft inspections.

Adverse Yaw: What Is It and How Do You Prevent it?

Adverse Yaw: What Is It and How Do You Prevent it? 0

Unless they remember their ground school training, new pilots may be surprised at how their aircraft reacts as they engage their ailerons to make a turn. They may be caught wondering why if they were making a turn to the right, the aircraft suddenly seemed to have a mind of its own and pivoted to the left first. Sounds like it is time for a refresher on the topic of adverse yaw.

7 Types of Airplane Drag That Affect Your Plane

7 Types of Airplane Drag That Affect Your Plane 0

What is one of the likely culprits for decreased fuel efficiency? Drag, we are looking at you. Drag is a backwards horizontal force generated by resistance as the plane moves through the air. It is one of the four aerodynamic forces of flight and is opposed by thrust.

Grumman Goose G-21 (From Private to Military Plane)

Grumman Goose G-21 (From Private to Military Plane) 0

In 1936, Leroy Grumman of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation was approached by a group of ten wealthy New York aviator-businessmen. These men were looking for someone to design and build a replacement plane for the unwieldly Leoning Air Yacht they were currently using as a commuter aircraft between home and work.

Mooney M20 (Everything to Know on the Low Wing Speedster)

Mooney M20 (Everything to Know on the Low Wing Speedster) 0

“Make it strong. Make it simple. Make it fast.” These are Mooney Airplane Company’s words to live by as they design their legendary aircraft. The Mooney mentality has developed quite a following with Mooney aficionados - self-described as “Mooniacs.”

Rans S7 Courier (Economical Light Sport Aircraft)

Rans S7 Courier (Economical Light Sport Aircraft) 0

“Little planes with big personalities.” This is how AOPA describes the RANS Aircraft family of planes. One of the standout features of the RANS family is the uniqueness of each line. The S-21 Outbound has a different purpose than the S-20 Raven which feels unique compared to the S-19 Venterra or the S-7 Courier.