Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield


101 Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield

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Summary
101 On Sept 30, 2018, a student pilot with 4 hours solo time departed Potomac Airfield on a cross country flight. Within minutes after takeoff, she noticed oil starting to cover the windshield. She immediately requested a vector from Potomac Approach controller Casey Whittaker to return to the airport. Her first attempt to land had her skimming the treetops of the neighborhood next to the airfield. Her next plan was to ditch the aircraft in the Potomac River, to avoid any loss of life on the ground.

The pilot asked that her voice not be used. My thanks to pilot Tricia Belkin Vernola, whose voice you hear in this episode, for reading from the transcript of my interview with the pilot. Thanks also to controller Casey Whittaker and PCT NATCA FACREP Brandon Miller for sharing their stories. Finally, thanks to the student pilot for sharing her story.

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Link to Windshield video
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Approach Plate Minimums Explained for IFR Pilots + GA News


100 Approach Plate Minimums Explained for IFR Pilots + GA News

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Summary
100 Max talks Approach Plate Minimums used by Instrument rated pilots. When can you descend below the MDA or DA? What governs whether an aircraft is in Category A, B, C, etc.? Which governs whether you can land, the minimum altitude, or the visibility? How low can you descend when you have the approach lights in sight? Which items do you have to see before you’re allowed to descend to land?

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Opposing Bases Podcast #61
Lightspeed FlightLink app
AOPA Credit Card
Edward’s AFB Run for History
Waterwings.com Seaplane Training

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FAA Mountain Flying and High Density Altitude
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99 Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22 – Safety Moment with Rob Mark


99 Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22 – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

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Summary
99 Shockingly, an Air Force test pilot crashed while landing and died in a Cirrus SR22. Max and Rob pull the accident apart and examine how failure to follow procedures caused this crash. The pilot entered the traffic pattern two hundred feet low. But on base he was 12 knots fast with an 18-knot tailwind. Turning to final at just 200 feet above the ground he was pitched up and in a 48 degree bank.

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NTSB Final Report – SR22 Crash at San Antonio, TX
Air Force Press Release on the crash
Northrup T-38 supersonic jet trainer
Rob Mark’s JetWhine Blog
Simple Flight Radio – Air Force Captain Nathan Dial interview

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98 Pilot Communications with ATC: What Not to Read Back to Controllers + GA News


98 Pilot Communications with ATC: What Not to Read Back to Controllers + GA News

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Summary
98 Max talks about pilot communications. Some pilots repeat everything to ATC. This is better than not repeating key items, as ATC will have to say it again and ask you to read it back. The problem is there’s limited bandwidth, and only one person can talk at a time. On quiet frequencies this isn’t a problem. But in time critical situations, ATC can’t talk until you stop talking.

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Air Race E race
Planet Money podcast – Lost Plane
How I Built This podcast – Jet Blue Airways David Neeleman
RC Model Flying Club Finder

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SubSonex Sport Jet JSX-2 video with AOPA’s Dave Hirschman

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97 How to Start a Flying Club: Costs, Benefits, Culture, and Best Practices – Interview Marc Epner


97 How to Start a Flying Club: Costs, Benefits, Culture, and Best Practices – Interview Marc Epner

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Summary
97 Max talks with Marc Epner, a founder of the Leading Edge Flying Club in Chicago, about best practices for starting a flying club, the tradeoffs in structuring as an equity vs. a non-equity club. Some clubs form to reduce the cost of flying, while others such as Leading Edge focus strongly on social activities. Events include hotdog lunches, monthly breakfasts, seminars, and a Run the Runway event.

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Leading Edge Flying Club
AOPA Guide to Starting a Flying Club
AOPA’s Flying Club Resources
Cape Fear Flying Club
Simple Flight Radio podcast

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96 Cirrus Vision Jet G2 Features, Specs and Price – Interview with Matt Bergwall


96 Cirrus Vision Jet G2 Features, Specs and Price – Interview with Matt Bergwall

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Summary
96 The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet G2 was just announced and Cirrus Product Manager Matt Bergwall tells us what’s new with this amazing jet. He talks about the higher speed and service ceiling, product pricing, and options. Also there are changes to the cabin, including noise reduction and new seating configurations. The Vision Jet is unique in that it’s the only jet with a whole airframe parachute.

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Cirrus Aircraft

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95 Crosswind Landing Tips for Private Pilots and Student Pilots + GA News


95 Crosswind Landing Tips for Private Pilots and Student Pilots + GA News

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Summary
95 Max talks about the art of making crosswind landings. There are tradeoffs between the crab and low wing, also called side slip, methods of compensating for crosswinds. The crab method can handle larger crosswinds. The low wing method is harder to set up on final, but is simpler when transitioning to the flare.

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The Acronym Song by Captain Roger Victor
Captain Roger Victor, comedian puppeteer
Simple Flight Radio episode on ADS-B
Airplane Geeks #536 with Tom Haines
Eat at the Airport site lists airport restaurants
2019 Airport Challenge
Exiting the Hold: Reaching Your Life Goals February 21, KSBP
Citation X standing on it’s tail at Truckee Tahoe Airport
San Carlos Flight Center XWing 200 simulator
Opposing Bases Podcast
Avare EFB App for Android

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94 ForeFlight Tips and Tricks – Interview with Master CFI Gary Reeves


94 ForeFlight Tips and Tricks – Interview with Master CFI Gary Reeves

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Summary
94 Max talks with Master CFI Gary Reeves about tips and tricks for using the ForeFlight electronic flight bag app for pilots on the iPhone or iPad. Gary talks about the best ways to file an IFR flight plan, and some of the newer ForeFlight Features like PDC, Pre-Departure Clearance, D-ATIS, and synthetic Vision.

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PilotSafety.org
Video: Cirrus SR20 Crosswind Landing by Student Pilot

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93 San Jose’s GA Reliever, Reid-Hillview Airport, Threatened by Closure + GA News


93 San Jose’s GA Reliever, Reid-Hillview Airport, Threatened by Closure + GA News

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Summary
93 In addition to discussing GA news, Max talks with Walt Gyger about recent actions by county supervisors that open the door to closing Reid-Hillview Airport. Walt is the founder of CAAPSO, an organization focused on community outreach to build support for the airport. Walt talks about what pilots at any airport can do to help protect their airport from closure.

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92 Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines – Book Interview with Scott Dennstaedt


92 Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines – Book Interview with Scott Dennstaedt

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Summary
92 Max talks with flight instructor and former research meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt about his new Weather book for student pilots to airline pilots. We talked about things pilots need to know about encountering icing. Later we talked about how to deal with the overwhelming number of online aviation weather sites. Finally, Scott talks about some of the tools that pilots can use to determine cloud tops.

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Order Scott’s Weather Book – linked for signed copy
Order Scott’s Book from Amazon
Scott Dennstaedt’s AvWxWorkshops.com website
Weatherspork.com

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