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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List of talkdown landings
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149 How to Really Fly Commercial Certificate Maneuvers – Interview with DPE Jason Blair

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149 Pilot examiner Jason Blair talks about what you need to know for the Commercial checkride. He focuses on how to Commercial maneuvers including chandelles, steep spirals, lazy eights, eights on pylons, and 180° accuracy landings. The oral portion is similar to the Private, but with an emphasis on Commercial certificate privileges, and no it doesn’t allow you to immediately start flying charter.

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148 Understanding Aircraft Weight & Balance, Which Cessna 182 to Buy + GA News

148 Understanding Aircraft Weight & Balance, Which Cessna 182 to Buy + GA News

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148 Max talks about what you need to know about aircraft weight and balance theory. Plus a listeners asks whether to buy a 2003 Cessna 182 with a GTN 750, or a 2004 model with the Garmin G1000. We discuss several accidents involving weight and balance issues, and how to calculate a weight and balance. Finally, we talk about how %MAC is used in turboprops and jets to calculate a center of gravity.

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FAA SFAR:Relief for Medicals, Knowledge Tests, CFI Renewals
Control Tower Hour Adjustments
Airport Grants Announced on April 30, 2020
Sectional Chart Masks
Careers in Aerospace Webinars
Thief Tries to Sell Airplanes He Doesn’t Own

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Jonathan Weiswasser’s EWR>LGA>JFK video
Engine out landing on freeway

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139 Private Mock Checkride for Student Pilots – Interview with DPE Jason Blair


139 Private Mock Checkride for Student Pilots – Interview with DPE Jason Blair

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139 Pilot examiner Jason Blair gives Max a mock Private checkride and asks him typical checkride questions. This is also a great review for your Flight Review or BFR! Max pretends to have brought a Cessna 172/G1000 to the checkride. They talk about required documents, aircraft systems, rules and regulations, and a cross country trip that Max prepared prior to the checkride.

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135 General Aviation Flying to Mexico – Interview Brian Dear


135 General Aviation Flying to Mexico – Interview Brian Dear

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Summary
135 Flying to Mexico in a private plane is not as hard as it seems. Brian Dear has been a pilot for two years and just over 200 hours of flying experience. Over Christmas, he spent two weeks flying around Mexico with his wife and three children in a Cessna 206. He talks about the pleasure of flying in Mexico, the preparation he did, and what it takes to cross the border and fly around in Mexico.

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Caribbean Sky Tours
Baja Bush Pilots
Los Medicos Voladores
Pilots and Paws
AOPA’s Mexico Travel web page
GA Flying into Mexico and beyond Facebook Group

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129 IFR Instrument Mock Checkride – Interview with Jason Blair


129 IFR Instrument Mock Checkride – Interview with Jason Blair

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129 Pilot examiner Jason Blair gives Max a mock IFR checkride and asks him typical checkride questions. This is also a great review for instrument rated pilots! Max pretends to have brought a Cessna 172/G1000 to the checkride. They talk about required documents, instrument currency, aircraft systems, instrument rules and regulations, and how to brief an approach.

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113 Understanding Aircraft Electrical Systems and Failures + General Aviation News


113 Understanding Aircraft Electrical Systems and Failures + General Aviation News

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Summary
Max talks about Aircraft Electrical Systems and Failures using the Cessna 172 and Cirrus SR22 as examples. Alternators, Generators, voltage regulators, and batteries are discussed. Common electrical system failures and the checklists to be followed are discussed for low voltage situations and for over voltage and over current situations.

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Rio Hondo Wash Bonanza Engine Out
IMC Club
Free FAA Written Exams

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107 12 Steps for Handling an Engine Failure in Flight + General Aviation News


107 12 Steps for Handling an Engine Failure in Flight + GA News

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Summary
107 Max talks about the statistics for engine failures in flight and the 12 step procedure you should follow if you have an engine failure. The procedures described are generic, and may be differ for your aircraft, so check your POH.
#1 Don’t panic, wind the clock.
#2 Turn toward an airport or landing site at the first sign of engine trouble.
#3 Fly best glide speed
#4 Clean up the airplane
#5 Memorize the first few steps of the checklist
#6 Troubleshoot the three things your engine needs to operate: fuel, spark, and air
#7 Communicate and squawk 7700
#8 Use crew resource management and delegate tasks to others on board
#9 Shut down everything related to fuel and electricity
#10 Have a strategy for managing your descent
#11 Open the doors while you’re still in the air
#12 Use any automation tools that you have available to you

Mentioned in the Show
ANT EP #68 – Impossible Turn after Takeoff Engine Failure
Robert Wright Article – The Real Risks of Engine Failure

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SAFE CFI Candidates Weaknesses Video

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77 Twenty Things your CFI Didn’t Teach You as a Student Pilot, NTSB Report on Air Canada 759 SFO Incident + GA News


77 Twenty Things your CFI Didn’t Teach You as a Student Pilot, NTSB Report on Air Canada 759 SFO Incident + GA News.

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Twenty Things your CFI Didn’t Teach You
Listeners share stories about things they wished they had learned as student pilots, but had to figure out for themselves as Private Pilots. Here’s my list of those items.
1. How to Prepare for a Flight Review
2. Using Clearance Delivery, approach and departure control
3. Complex and High Performance Endorsements
4. Checking Out in Other Airplanes
5. Flying in the Mountains
6. The dangers of flying at Night
7. It Can Happen To Me
8. Flying at Night without a Moon
9. Renting a Plane at another Flight School
10. Planning Entries to Airports with Multiple Runways
11. Managing Descents
12. How to Buy a New or a Used Airplane
13. How to Conduct Flights so Passengers will want to fly with you again — “Fly the plane like you have 100 passengers in back who you want to come back.”
14. What to do if you’re ramped checked by the FAA 15. What to do if you’re given a phone number to call
16. Part 134 ½ charter operations
17. If you’re going to hit something while taxiing, hit something cheap!
18. How to Use Self Serve Fuel
19. How to Hear a weak signal on the radio; what to do when you Center or Approach gets so weak you can no longer hear them.
20. How to disconnect the Hobbs Meter before you fly, and how to remember to Reconnect it after the flight!

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Mentioned in the Show
Cirrus Migration 16 Event – Las Vegas, October 11-14, 2018
AOPA’s Rusty Pilot’s Online Presentation
Private Pilot’s Chronicle blog article – Lost Luggage
Max Interviewed on SimpleFlight Radio podcast
Conducting an Effective Flight Review

Videos
Houston Hobby SR20 Traffic Pattern Accident
Midair Collision: Piper Cherokee vs. Robinson R22 Helicopter

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Hurricane Irma Relief – Remote Area Medical – Stan Brock Interview


Remote Area Medical (RAM) is working to deploy it’s fleet of aircraft to Puerto Rico, which will be the forward base from which their Cessna Caravan will fly supplies to the islands hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. RAM was founded over 30 years ago, and has helped provide medical services to over 100,000 people. They are looking for volunteer pilots and healthcare professionals to provide services in underserved areas in the U.S. and the Caribbean. They currently need pilots who can fly their Caravans and their King Air 200. You can find the Remote Area Medical webpage here and their Facebook page here. In this episode, we interview RAM founder Stan Brock about the organization, and learned how doctors, dentists, optometrists, and pilots can help the organization by volunteering their time, or donating money.

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