55 Entering and Flying Traffic Patterns Safely, Cirrus SR22 Landing Accident, FAA Grounds Open Door Helicopter Tours + GA News


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Max talks in detail about some of the challenges pilots face entering a traffic pattern and how to follow a slower aircraft. There was an unusual accident in Florida in which a Cirrus SR22 landed on top of a SR20 that had just landed. Fortunately, there were not injuries. The FAA grounds open door helicopter tours in the wake of an NYC accident in which tethered passengers drowned because they were unable to release their tethers. A listener asks about the requirements for floatation devices for a planned flight from Florida to the Bahamas.

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DOT seeking proposals from flight schools for program
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53 General Aviation Headset Survey Results for Private and Instrument Pilots + GA News



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Max talks in detail about the results of the survey in which listeners gave detailed feedback on what they like and dislike about the different aviation headsets they own.

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L.L. Bean Baseball cap with built-in lights

Sporty’s dual color headlamp

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52 Loading an Instrument Approach When Flying with Vectors, Trump’s Pilot and the FAA + GA News


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Max talks in detail about alternative ways to load an instrument approach, when getting vectors on an approach, and the tradeoffs involved. Trump’s personal pilot being considered for FAA Administrator.

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51 Buying a new Cirrus SR22T and ferrying it across the country – Interview with Chuck Price


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Max interviews Chuck Price, who accompanied him on a recent trip to the Cirrus delivery center in Knoxville, TN to pick up a new Cirrus SR22T for a buyer and then fly the aircraft back to California. Together they flew nearly 2,000 nautical miles in a day and a half as they dodged snow and ice on the return trip to San Jose, California.

And if you’re interested in buying a new or a slightly used Cirrus, please contact me now so I can help you learn more about that process. And if you’re looking to buy a new aircraft, like the one I ferried back with Chuck, let me set up a free demo flight for you. I specialize in the Cirrus and work with people around the world.

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50 Instrument Pilot: Glide Slope Failure, ATC Privatization, United 1175 incident, ADS-B after the Mandate + GA News


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Max talks in detail about what to do if the glide slope fails during an ILS approach. Also, updates on ATC Privatization and the United 1175 incident. Finally, a listener asks whether he’ll be able to get traffic information in an aircraft without ADS-B Out after the January 2020 mandate goes into effect.

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46 Private Pilot Cold Weather Flying, New Tax Bill, VFR vs IFR, Garmin GDL 82 ADS-B + General Aviation News


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Max talks in detail about Cold Weather Flying operations, how the new tax bill affects aircraft ownership, and when to fly VFR versus IFR Garmin introduces the GDL 82, an ADS-B out, which is a low cost, easy to install solution. Here’s a link to the now cancelled Advisory Circular AC 91-13C on Cold Weather Operation of Aircraft.

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List of Favorite Aviation Podcasts

Aviation Marketing Hangar Flying podcast in iTunes

Paula Williams interview- Airplane Geeks podcast on Aviation Marketing

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45 Private Pilot Night Flying Dangers, new Garmin GDL 52 ADS-B receiver, Aviation Headsets + General Aviation News


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Max talks in detail about Night Flying, the horrendous accident rate for night flight, night illusions that can lead to accidents, and how to stay safe flying at night. Garmin introduces the GDL 52, an ADS-B plus SiriusXM weather receiver.

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FAA’s Personal Minimums PAVE checklist

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Flight Planning with ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, SkyVector.com, FltPlan.com and more + GA News



There are many ways for a pilot to flight plan a trip. Traditionally, it was done with a paper map, pencil, and a plotter. But now there are many new flight planning tools available on the Internet and as smartphone apps for iPhone and Android phones.

We first talk about which percentage of listeners use each tool, then describe the most popular tools, and finally describe how user use multiple tools. Some of the tools described include:

  • ForeFlight
  • Skyvector.com
  • Garmin Pilot
  • FltPlan.com
  • OzRunways
  • 1800wxbrief.com
  • WingX
  • AOPA Flight Planner
  • DUATs
  • SkyDemon
  • NavPlan EFB
  • FlyQ EFB AirNav Pro
  • Mermoz

To reduce iPad discharge in flight, Greg Brown recommended turning the brightness down and this USB charger.

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Unstable Approach Definition and Private Pilot Tips for How to Fly a Stable Approach + GA News


You’ve undoubtedly heard of a stabilized approach and know it’s helpful to have one prior to landing. But many pilots don’t know all of the elements of a stabilized approach, or the potential expense of an unstable approach. Last year, two pilots I know dug deep into their wallets to pay for damage resulting from landings that followed unstable approaches. Both considered going around, but didn’t. The pilots of an IFR charter fight into Akron, Ohio in November 2015 weren’t so lucky; everyone died after their unstable approach.

So what is a stabilized approach, and why does it matter? Cirrus Aircraft’s Flight Operations Manual gives a good description. It says: “A stabilized approach is characterized by a constant angle and constant rate of descent approach profile ending near the touch-down point. Stabilized approach criteria apply to all approaches including practice power-off approaches.“ It goes on to say that for VFR landings, an “approach is considered stabilized when all of the following criteria are achieved by 500′ AGL:

  • Proper airspeed,
  • Correct flight path,
  • Correct aircraft configuration for phase of flight,
  • Appropriate power setting for aircraft configuration,
  • Normal angle and rate of descent,
  • Only minor corrections are required to correct deviations.

A go-around must be executed if the above conditions are not met, and the aircraft is not stabilized by 500′ AGL.” This episode contains lots of tips to help you consistently fly stable approaches every time you fly the traffic pattern, including tips for long, straight-in approaches, which often lead to unstable approaches.

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13 Fun Ideas for National Aviation Day + GA News


National Aviation Day has been around for more than 75 years, But it probably doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. Here are 13 fun ideas for celebrating on national aviation Day, which is August 19.

Franklin D. Roosevelt created National Aviation Day in 1939 by presidential proclamation. Originally it was to celebrate the growth and advancements made in aviation. But one can’t help wonder whether it was also a way to start getting more people interested in aviation got a time when Europe was just beginning to enter World War II. Today we face a different challenge, which is how to attract more people to aviation at a time when pilots are in high demand, but new student pilot starts are declining.

Here are 13 ways that you can celebrate today, or help get other people more connected to aviation.

1. Get someone else involved in aviation.

2. If you are a rusty pilot, get back into flying!

3. Fly in a new airplane type.

4. Watch an aviation themed movie.

5. Fly a flight simulator!

6. If you are a licensed pilot, fly somewhere new!

7. Visit an Aviation Museum

8. Fly a radio controlled airplane

9. Volunteer to help an aviation-related organization

10. Download and read an aviation book from your local library or from NASA

11. Go Plane Spotting

12. Thank someone who works in the aviation industry

13. Take an aviation course

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