165 How to get a Helicopter License and a Job Flying Helicopters + GA News

165 How to get a Helicopter License and a Job Flying Helicopters + GA News

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165 Max talks with Steve Bush, owner of Lone Star Helicopters, about FAA requirements for a Private helicopter certificate and the typical hours required. Steve also talks about the different types of helicopters used in the training and their typical cost. He also talks about the current strong market for helicopter pilots, and typical number of hours needed to qualify for different helicopter jobs.

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FAA Grants and Scholarships page
Pilot on wrong frequency NTSB Report
Oral Exam Guide: Airline Transport Pilot
Lone Star Helicopter website

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Helicopter Tour over Downtown Austin, TX
Lone Star Helicopter – Getting a Helicopter Certificate

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164 Helicopter Rescue from California Fires

164 Helicopter Rescue from California Fires

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164 In September 2020, the California National Guard rescued nearly 400 people trapped by the Creek Fire. Max gets the inside story of the rescue by talking with Col. David Hall of the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade and helicopter pilot Kipp Goding. Kipp talks about the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and the challenges of flying in heavy smoke. He also talked with Henri Laborde, one of the rescued hikers.

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40th Combat Aviation Brigade – Facebook page
California National Guard – Facebook page
National Interagency Fire Center Map
Fresno Co. Sheriff – Creek Fire Updates

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163 How Safe is Commercial Air Travel?

163 How Safe is Commercial Air Travel?

Summary
163 Max talks about his roundtrip from SFO to Knoxville on the airlines and an MIT study that estimates the chances of catching COVID on an airline flight. While the terminals appear safe, the highest risk is in flight, as not everyone is properly masked. He shares what he learned about the mask he was wearing and has recommendations for choosing a mask. While safe, airline travel isn’t a lot of fun.

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KN95 Masks that Max Uses – 10 pack
Powecom website to check masks; Click ANTI-FAKE CHECK below the photo
FDA.gov Appendix A for authorized masks
MIT Paper on Chances of catching COVID-19 on airline flight
Forbes article: COVID-19 can spread on long airline flights

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162 Cirrus SR22 Crashes on an Instrument Approach after Unnecessary Fuel Stop and Many Other Risk Factors + GA News

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Max talks about a fatal crash with many risk factors including a pilot who had low total flying time and relatively little experience in an SR22. After a 5-hour flight, flown late at night, he flew past his destination to buy cheap fuel at another airport close to his home. During that time, his home field went below minimums. He appeared to be unaware he was flying parallel, but offset by 0.6 miles laterally, throughout the entire approach. He ended up crashing a mile short of the runway. The accident pilot made a similar mistake during an instrument approach he flew two nights earlier. However that time, after flying parallel and offset from the final approach course for a full minute, he noticed his error and slowly corrected, getting back on course just at the Final Approach Fix.

These similar errors suggest the pilot was not looking at the HSI for primary course guidance during his instrument approaches. Most likely, he was instead referring to the moving map for course guidance. Unfortunately the moving map presents virtually the same image whether you’re slightly off course or far outside the bounds of the instrument approach, as this pilot was. Depending upon how the map range is set, the map looks virtually the same in both cases. I occasionally see instrument pilots make this mistake and I always tell them they must use the HSI (or CDI), not the moving map, for primary course guidance.

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Wellue O2 Oximeter Ring for sale on Amazon
FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook – free PDF version
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FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook – print version + ebook version
SR22 Accident – Kathryn’s Report
SR22 Accident – NTSB preliminary report

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161 Kobe Bryant Crash Update and Aviation News of the Weird with Flying Magazine’s Rob Mark

161 Kobe Bryant Crash Update and Aviation News of the Weird with Flying Magazine’s Rob Mark

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161 Max talks with Flying Mag Sr. Editor Rob Mark about the latest events related to the Kobe Bryant crash plus recent aviation stories of the weird. Island Express Helicopters has sued two SoCal air traffic controllers for wrongful death. Illusionist David Blaine plans to hold onto hydrogen balloons until reaching 29,000 feet. Customs stops a private jet in Florida that was headed to South America with 82 firearms and 63,000 rounds of ammunition on board.

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160 Electric Aircraft 2020 and Why You’ll Want One – Interview with George Bye

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160 George Bye has been on a 12-year quest to make electric aircraft a reality. He explains the many benefits to electric aircraft including aerodynamic efficiency since the aircraft nose can be smaller, improved propeller efficiency, vastly lower operating cost, no CO2, lower noise, and more reliable. He also discusses the purchase price and delivery timetable for the eFlyer 2.

Watch the YouTube version of this interview see the eFlyer 2 flying: https://youtu.be/FDrCdF3g68U

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Bye Aerospace website
Bye Aerospace YouTube channel
email Bye Aerospace: info@byeaerospace.com

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159 Aviation Weather Briefings and other Preflight Action Required by 91.103 + GA News

159 Aviation Weather Briefings and other Preflight Action Required by 91.103 + GA News

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159 Pilots need to know how to do a weather briefing before they fly, and there are several other things you are required to do by FAR 91.103. For some flights, you’re not required to get a weather briefing, and we explain why. We’ll show you how to get a weather briefing from a free weather source. If addition to weather, you’re also required to consider fuel, alternatives and known ATC delays.

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SiriusXM Tour Radio $149 – Order Here
Latinas in Aviation Book – Order Here
A Speck in the Sea – NYT Article about Fisherman
7-Day U.S. Prog Charts surface
GFS Forecasts
General Aviation Pilot’s Guide to Preflight Weather Planning

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158 Emergency Landing of Student Pilot, Instructor Passes Out – Interview Max Sylvester

158 Emergency Landing of Student Pilot, Instructor Passes Out – Interview Max Sylvester

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158 Last year, Australian student pilot Max Sylvester was taking his third flight lesson when his instructor had a seizure and passed out in the cockpit. Max managed to set the radio to the Jandakot Airport tower frequency and declare an emergency. Over the next hour, the air traffic controller, with the help of an instructor from Max’s flight school, talked Max down to a a successful landing.

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Video of Max’s Landing
List of talkdown landings
Max Sylvester’s Instagram page
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157 5 Ways Somatogravic Illusion is Killing Pilots + GA News

157 5 Ways Somatogravic Illusion is Killing Pilots + GA News

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157 Max talks about 5 ways somatogravic illusion continues to kill pilots, including private, instrument, commercial airline, and even glider pilots. It’s particular dangerous when taking off at night over a poorly lit surface, when doing instrument takeoffs in zero zero visibility and when an instrument begins the missed approach. There’s evidence it also affects glider pilots after cable breaks.

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Garmin Virtual OSH online videos
Photos of Plane Crashed into Tower
Ron Carmichael Obituary
Sporty’s Virtual Airshow online
Cessna 310 crash at Palo Alto, CA
Derek Piggott’s paper on low G sensitivity in glider pilots
NASA: Human Vestibular System and the Utricle
FAA brochure: Spatial disorientation

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YouTube video version of this podcast on Somatogravic Illusion

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156 Atlas Air Crash Flight 3591 Explained & What GA Pilots Can Learn from It

156 Atlas Air Crash Flight 3591 Explained & What GA Pilots Can Learn from It

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Max Trescott’s 156 Atlas Air Crash, Flight 3591 explained and what GA pilots can Learn from It. Max plays clips from the 4-hour NTSB Board meeting on the Atlas Air crash. The flight was normal until the 767 suddenly plummeted from 6,000 feet into a bay near Houston. Like most accidents, there were many factors that led to the crash. The event started when the First Officer accidentally engaged GA mode.

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NTSB Atlas Air Crash Recreation Video
NTSB Board Meeting: Atlas Air Flight 3591 Cargo Plane Crash
NTSB: Links to the accident docket and other publicly released information
NTSB: Abstract of the Final Report
[ATC AUDIO] Prime Air 767 CRASH in Houston

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