66 Flight School Kidnapping Update, IFR Departure Procedures, SIDs, ODPs, GPS T-Routes + GA News


66 Flight School Kidnapping Update, IFR Departure Procedures, SIDs, ODPs, GPS T-Routes + GA News

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Update on two flight school employees in Redding, CA arrested for kidnapping a student pilot and trying to force him to return to China.

Detailed discussion on IFR Departure Procedures, including Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedures and Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODPs).

Max answers listener questions about GPS T-routes and about how flight training has changed over the years.

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65 Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial Checkrides Changed Again – Interview with Jason Blair, DPE


65 Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial Checkrides Changed Again – Interview with Jason Blair, DPE

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65 To become a pilot, students have to pass the Private Checkride. The ACS is the document that defines what’s on the checkride, and what students have to do to pass. But the ACS for the Private, Instrument, and Commercial checkrides just changed again. Max interviews FAA DPE Jason Blair, who explains what changed, and how checkrides have already changed.

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Jason Blair’s Web site
Private Pilot – Airplane ACS, June 2018
Jason Blair’s Books on Amazon:
An Aviator’s Field Guide to Middle-Altitude Flying
An Aviator’s Field Guide to Tailwheel Flying

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63 Flight School Kidnapping, Suggestions for Improving Modern Avionics, IFR Questions + GA News


63 Flight School Kidnapping, Suggestions for Improving Modern Avionics, IFR Questions + GA News

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The general manager at IASCO Flight Training in Redding, CA and his assistant were arrested on Friday, May 25, 2018 on suspicion of kidnapping one of the students and trying to force him to return to China. Police were tipped off around 7:15 a.m. by the student’s brother, who lives in Shanghai, China. The student recorded the encounter, and you can click here to listen to it. Caution: it contains a lot of foul language.

Baihan Fu called the Redding Police Department after receiving information that his brother, Tianshu Shi, was assaulted earlier in the morning. Officers went to Redding Municipal Airport, where IASCO trains its pilots, and arrested Jonathan Lipton McConkey, 48, about an hour after the call came in to police. They also arrested Kelsi Hoser, who the department identified as McConkey’s assistant.

Shi, who also goes by the name Chris, was visibly distraught and shaken, when he spoke to a reporter. He alleged McConkey gripped his right arm and hurt him and told him he needed to get on the plane to go to the Bay Area and on to China. Shi called his brother Fu in China to tell him what was happening. Fu, who Shi said spoke better English, reported to Redding police what was happening to his brother.

Later in episode 63, listeners respond with suggestions up on what avionics manufacturers could improve. Suggestions include developing standard operating procedures and workflows pilots can use to improve safety, better documentation, APIs so that simulator manufacturers don’t have to emulate avionics, easier updating of navigational databases and firmware, and making avionics as easy to use as an iPhone.

Also, Max answers listener questions about IFR, including what in-flight equipment failures must be reported to ATC, and whether to delete the airport from a flight plan when it precedes an instrument approach.

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AOPA Regional Fly in – Missoula, MT June 15-16 Workshops & Registration
You Can Always Go Around – Song

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61 Preventing Airplane Accidents and the Go Around Maneuver, VFR vs IFR for long trips + GA News


61 Preventing Airplane Accidents and the Go Around Maneuver, VFR vs IFR for long trips

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Max discusses several accidents that could have been prevented by a timely go around. One was a Cirrus SR20 that retracted flaps at too slow a speed and entered a stall spin in Houston. Another was a Emirates Boeing 777 that landed long and executed a go around without full power. An Air Canada jet lined up a night with a taxiway at San Francisco avoided what could have been the worst aviation accident in history by going around at the last second.

Max also talks about his experience that almost led to him going off a runway into a lake in Andover, NJ. A similar accident occurred last month in Knoxville, TN when a Cirrus SR22 landed and ended up in a river.

Next he talks about procedures for executing a go around properly. Finally he talks about common errors he sees when pilot execute the go around. The most common one is deciding too late to go around, or worse, not doing a go around when it’s needed. Another common error jamming the throttle in too fast during a go around, which can cause larger engines to choke and stumble as it’s flooded with too much fuel. Pilots also forget to add right rudder simultaneously as they add full power.

A lot of pilots don’t pitch up to climb away from the runway during a go around and instead just continue to fly level. Pilots also mismanage the flaps, either removing them all at once, instead of raising them in increments, or by forgetting to raise them at all. Another mistake pilots make during a go around is that they fail to track the runway and its extended centerline as they climb up during a go around.

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AOPA Regional Fly in – Missoula, MT June 15-16 Workshops & Registration
Raspberry Pi Live Sectional Map Project Instructions
Peter Garrison Article in Flying Magazine
Emirates Boeing 777 Go Around Accident

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59 Summary of Recent Private Pilot NorCal Fatal Accidents including Long Trips, Weather, Night & Loss of Control + GA News


59 Summary of Recent Private Pilot NorCal Fatal Accidents,Trips,Wx,Night

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Max gives a summary of recent fatal accidents in Northern California, and how they are similar and different from accidents in the rest of the U.S. Many result from Long Trips, Weather, Night & Loss of Control. A listener shares his experience with GPS jamming while in flight. Another listener asks about how to deal with airsickness he experienced on a first flight lesson.

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AOPA Flight School Survey
WiFi connection blocking Cellular data in flight?
Trevor’s Live Sectional Map

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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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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.

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47 The CFI Shortage – How it Happened and What You Can Do About It – Interview with Jason Blair


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Jason Blair is a FAA DPE, or Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives checkrides to pilots, and he’s also an active flight instructor. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17.

Jason talks about the shortage of the CFIs in the flight training industry, how that happened, what some companies are doing about it, and what you as a pilot can do about it. Here’s a link to his 25-page white paper on the subject.

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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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44 Cirrus SR22 Cross Country flight from CA to Miami, NASA SuperGuppy. Roy Halladay Icon A5 crash + General Aviation News


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Max flew a Cirrus SR22 from San Jose, CA to Miami. He describes the flight and a close up view of the NASA SuperGuppy. An eyewitness to the Roy Holladay accident describes the crash. A listener asks about when to fly a procedure turn at a hold depicted at the IF or intermediate fix.

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Callouts by Jim Pitman
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http://www.mwaugh.com/Aviation/Articles/StandardCallouts.pdf
http://www.kjlgrafx.com/fw/downloads/EO-5C%20Downloads/Callouts.doc
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