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15 FAA Medical Certificate Disqualifying Conditions for Pilots 0One of the first steps towards fulfilling the dream of becoming a pilot is to obtain a medical certificate. This is part of the student pilot certification process. Once obtained, all medical certificates expire after a set period of time and must be renewed. Alternatively, pilots who meet the BasicMed criteria have the option of transitioning to the BasicMed certification program after obtaining their initial standard FAA medical certificate.
Aircraft Category and Class: What is the Difference Between Them? 0What category and class of aircraft are you certified to fly? Now, what are the category and class of your private plane? One of the most confusing aspects of aircraft category and class designations is that there are actually two different sets of designations, depending on the frame of reference – pilot or aircraft.
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.
Types of AIRMETs: Complete Guide on These 3 Conditions 0
As a responsible human being and pilot, before you commit to a flight, you naturally will want to check the weather. An AIRMET is one of the sources that pilots use to gather the meteorological information needed for flight planning and decision making.
Visual Descent Point (VDP): What is it Exactly? 0
Pilots flying a precision instrument approach have both course and glidepath deviation data to guide them the whole way down. But what guides a non-precision approach and how do pilots flying that type of approach know when and where to begin their final descent so they can execute a safe landing? The visual descent point is part of that equation.
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Restricted Airspace: What You Should Know 0
You are planning a weekend getaway and want to fly a straight line to your destination but as you consult the sectional, you realize that there is a large patch of restricted airspace right in the middle of your proposed flight path. Going around it would add over an hour to your flight, but that is your only option, right?
The Coolest Gadgets for Pilots in 2020 0
It is no secret that pilots love gadgets, especially gadgets that improve the flight experience. To make gift giving easy, we have rounded up some of the coolest gadgets currently available for pilots. Whether you want to help your favorite pilot upgrade their aircraft or improve their communication capabilities, these high-tech gadgets are sure to do the trick.
5 Ways to Sharpen Your Skills with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 1
It has been nearly forty years since the original 1982 Microsoft Flight Simulator was released, and fourteen years since its last update courtesy of 2006’s Flight Simulator X, but the wait is finally over, and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 delivers. The latest version takes advantage of the robust capabilities of current and future computing systems that support rendering of the virtually photo-real graphics courtesy of Azure AI.
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 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."
The 10 Best Holiday Gifts for Pilots in 2020 0
The holidays are almost here, and if you are stumped on what to get that special pilot in your life, this is the blog post for you. We have put together a list of ideas for all budgets and pilots. Whether you need a fun little stocking stuffer, a bit of aviation-themed décor, or a useful piece of technology, these are the 10 best holiday gifts for pilots in 2020.
2020's 10 Gifts that Will Inspire the Next Generation of Pilots 0
Encourage a love of flight in the children in your life with an aviation-themed gift. From plush swings and stuffed animals for infants and toddlers to die cast models and puzzles for young children, plus radio control planes and cobi blocks models for older kids and teens, there is something for every kid on your gift list. Here are our suggestions for the top 10 gifts that will inspire the next generation of pilots: