169 Fuel Gauge Accuracy, IFR Visual Approaches, & Listener Close Calls + GA News

169 Fuel Gauge Accuracy, IFR Visual Approaches, & Listener Close Calls + GA News

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169 Max talks with American Bonanza Society Executive Director Tom Turner about FAA regulations for fuel gauge accuracy. Max discusses what to do if you have to go around after cleared for an IFR Visual Approach, and how it differs depending upon whether you’re at a towered on non-towered airport. Max also reads listener emails about close calls including icing, fuel management, and weather accidents.

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Going Around after Flying an IFR Visual Approach
PIREP Survey Link
Medical Survey – Barriers Pilots Face When Seeking Care
ATC Zero events due to pandemic

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168 How to Avoid Deadly Weather-Related Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

168 How to Avoid Deadly Weather-Related Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

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168 Max talks with Flying Mag Sr. Editor Rob Mark about two recent fatal weather-related accidents and strategies for avoiding them. A family of four was killed in a SR22 after a low time Private pilot took off for a long trip at night and encountered weather. A doctor flying a Cessna 210 crashed in Texas while flying an instrument approach in freezing rain. A timely 180 could have saved both pilots.

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Flying Magazine
Rob Mark’s JetWhine.com blog
SR22 Accident, weather in Arkansas
Cessna 210 icing accident in Texas

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167 Fuel Exhaustion and Fuel Starvation Accidents + GA News

167 Fuel Exhaustion and Fuel Starvation Accidents + GA News

Summary
167 Max talks about several recent fuel-related accidents and what the FAA’s Risk Management Handbook and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge say pilots can do to avoid these kinds of accidents. Listener feedback includes an FAA legal opinion on how pilots can use a non-CFII to get instrument current in actual conditions. And a controller asks about how pilots get to the MEA without an ODP.

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Fatal Fuel Exhaustion Accident Jackson, TN
Fuel exhaustion leads to forced landing in a marsh
FAA Bulletin: Aircraft Interior Disinfection
Airports with Nearby Outdoor Activities
Worldwide list of Airport Restaurants

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166 Instrument Flying Gotchas, Filing IFR Flight Plans, and a Pilot Deviation + GA News

166 Instrument Flying Gotchas, Filing IFR Flight Plans, and a Pilot Deviation + GA News

Summary
166 Max talks about IFR gotchas he’s encountered recently. He also talks about his recent five-day trip flying a Vision Jet around the West. He discusses closing flight plans at non-towered airports and how failing to do so can lead to a pilot deviation. He discusses his Rule of Two which led to going missed early, the DFC90 autopilot, and a restriction for RNAV-equipped aircraft starting at an IAF.

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AOPA’s ASI Nall Reports
Night CFIT Accident – Hobbs, NM
FAA 7110.65 Controller Handbook
FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook

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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

Summary
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

Videos Mention in the Show
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

Summary
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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Summary
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
FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook – print version
FAA Aviation Instructor’s Handbook – print version + ebook version
SR22 Accident – Kathryn’s Report
SR22 Accident – NTSB preliminary report

Videos Mention in the Show
Children of the Magenta Line line

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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.

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

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