8 Lessons Pilots can Learn from the Boeing 737 MAX Crashes and the MCAS + General Aviation News


105 8 Lessons Pilots can Learn from the Boeing 737 MAX Crashes and the MCAS + GA News

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105 Max talks about the recent Boeing 737 MAX crashes, and the lessons that all pilots can learn from these accidents. Here’s a summary of his 8 Lessons Pilots can Learn from the Boeing 737 MAX Crashes:
#1 Know your aircraft systems intimately
#2 The documentation isn’t always complete. Join a type club.
#3 If you touch something and things get worse, undo what you did.
#4 If the autopilot is on and it’s doing weird things, turn it off. And vice versa.
#5 Understand what can cause runaway trim.
#6 Know how to disable the electric trim system in your aircraft.
#7 Make sure you can overpower the autopilot
#8 Know the critical single points of failure in your aircraft.

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What software organizations learn from the Boeing 737 MAX
South Dakota B-25 Tour
Dan Johnson Article: Electrics at Aero 2019
Pipistrel Sinus motorglider
AOPA Foundation – Donate!
SAFE Unveils CFI PROficiency™ Initiative
SAFE CFI Professional Society – Join online for $45
AOPA Article: TECHNIQUE: TAMING THE STALL
Boeing 737 MAX image – Creative Commons license

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Stratolaunch, the world’s largest airplane
Slipping and Skidding Stalls video

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104 Learning Advanced Avionics and Upgrading Your Cockpit + General Aviation News


104 Learning Advanced Avionics and Upgrading Your Cockpit + GA News

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104 Max talks about how learning how to operate advanced avionics over the years has changed, and how to go about planning a major avionics upgrade for an airplane. He also talks about the new Garmin GPS 175 and GNX 375 GPS navigators, the Garmin G3X Touch displays, which can now be used in many certificated aircraft, Dynon’s SkyView products, which which can now be used in many certificated aircraft, the AeroCruze 100 digital autopilot and the low-cost xCruze 100 autopilot, and the Garmin GTX 335D and GTX 345D diversity transponders.

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Mentioned in the Show
Airplane Geeks 737 Max episode
Max Trescott’s online G1000 and GPS & WAAS online courses
Gary Reeves online courses
FAA’s Advanced Avionics Handbook
Dynon Certified Installation Centers
Five Rivers Aviation – Livermore, CA

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103 Cirrus CAPS Parachute Pull over the Caribbean – Interview Ed Regensburg


103 Cirrus CAPS Parachute Pull over the Caribbean – Interview Ed Regensburg

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Summary
On March 5, 2019, two pilots flying a Cirrus SR22 noticed oil pressure dropping rapidly, and soon after, the engine quit. They turned toward land 30 miles away and pulled the airplane’s CAPS parachute. They deployed their raft, which flipped over in eight to ten foot swells. The pilot dived out to right the raft and both men got aboard. But they had no idea who might be coming to rescue them.

Thirty minutes later, a US Coast Guard plane appeared flying a search pattern looking for the men. They tried to use the two flares to signal the plane, but both flares failed to ignite. As the plane flew away in the distance, they didn’t know if they’d been seen.

One of the pilots got sick in the rough seas and began throwing up over the side. About two hours later, the other pilot spotted a ship in the distance. Both men wondered would the ship see them. And if it didn’t, would it accidentally run them over?

Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess was sailing towards St. Thomas, when the US Coast Guard requested that they reverse course to search for the men. The Regal Princess is twenty stories high and was easy for the pilots to spot miles away, but by contrast, they were just a small dot that rose and fell among the waves and white caps.

The pilots Ed Regensburg and Dan Tucker were eventually spotted and brought aboard the cruise ship. In this podcast, Ed Regensburg describe the entire experience from when he first spotted the low oil pressure warning until they were home again in Greensboro, NC.

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102 CO Detectors Save Two General Aviation Pilots, Boeing Buys ForeFlight, Light Sport Aircraft + GA News


102 CO Detectors Save Two General Aviation Pilots, Boeing Buys ForeFlight, Light Sport Aircraft + GA News

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102 Max talks with two pilots who encountered carbon monoxide in the cockpit just days apart from each other. They’ll tell us how they discovered the CO, what they did about it, and what caused it. One pilot, flying in a Cessna 182RG, purchased a Sensorcon portable CO detector a few months ago and in cruise, measured 40 to 80 ppm of CO, depending upon where he held the sensor. A mechanic found that the C-clamp holding the EGT probe was loose, allowing exhaust gases to leak through the hole the probe is mounted in.

The other pilot, who was flying a C180 Skywagon, had readings of 72 ppm in cruise. That pilot had a backfire at startup, and backfires can damage the exhaust system to the point where they cause a carbon monoxide leak, so you probably want to have your exhaust system checked out if you have a backfire when starting an aircraft. At the destination, a mechanic found that the #1 Exhaust riser had broken at its collar where it bolts to the cylinder, creating an exhaust leak.

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Skysight.com Sunglasses
HAI’s Land and Live program

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SR20 accident – dashcam video
Light Sport Accident Rate video
Land and Live accident recreation

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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
Accident Pilot’s Instagram

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100 Approach Plate Minimums Explained for IFR Pilots + General Aviation News


100 Approach Plate Minimums Explained for IFR Pilots + GA News

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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.

Mentioned in the Show
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 + General Aviation News


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

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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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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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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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