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Aircraft Inspection: Guide to Keeping Your Plane Safe

Aircraft Inspection: Guide to Keeping Your Plane Safe

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.

6 Commercial Pilot Privileges and Limitations (You Must Know)

6 Commercial Pilot Privileges and Limitations (You Must Know)

Imagine you’re a freshly minted commercial pilot. Congratulations! One thing on the mind of many newly certified commercial pilots is, “How can I use this new certificate to earn some money?”

FAA Ramp Check: The 10 Things You Should Do

FAA Ramp Check: The 10 Things You Should Do

A ramp check, or ramp inspection as the FAA officially refers to it as, is something many pilots dread. Of course, we all need to remember that flying is a privilege, not a right, so you can be questioned by authorities within reason. Most inspectors won’t harass you or draw out the inspection. A standard ramp check should be relatively quick and straightforward.

Special Flight Permit AKA Ferry Permits (Understand The Essentials) - Pilot Mall

Special Flight Permit AKA Ferry Permits (Understand The Essentials) - Pilot Mall

You can’t fly an aircraft that’s not airworthy — it’s the law. This rather black-and-white statement about safe aviation makes sense. But, in reality, the world is not black-and-white. Situations arise that may require you to move a plane that does not meet the legal definition for airworthy. 

Revised 2019 Airman Certification Standards - What does it mean to you?

Revised 2019 Airman Certification Standards - What does it mean to you?

Innovation, incidents and ideas come at us quickly in today’s aviation community.  We need to be flexible and look at old ways of operating from a different perspective. This requires acceptance of change, which the FAA knows we all love. So they shake things up just when we thought it was safe to go back in the air.

What do you need to do to get your aircraft compliant with the 2020 ADS-B requirement?

What do you need to do to get your aircraft compliant with the 2020 ADS-B requirement?

Effective January 1, 2020, if you are a pilot flying in ADS-B rule airspace, your aircraft must comply with the new regulations. This means that if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to act.