118 Instrument Flying and IFR Listener Questions + General Aviation News

118 Instrument Flying and IFR Listener Questions + General Aviation News


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118 GA news plus Max answers listeners questions on Instrument Flying and IFR including questions about how to save money on an instrument rating, using a simulator to get an instrument rating, when to switch from GPS to the Nav radio on localizer and VOR approaches, Legally using GPS on the entire VOR approach, whether to train in a round gauge airplane or a glass cockpit like in a Cirrus.

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How to Complete an ICAO Flight Plan
Summary of Sen. Inhofe’s Aviation bill
Silver Spitfire Around-the-World Flight Tracker
Max on Plane Talking UK #279 podcast
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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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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
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111 SR22 Icing Accident and Tailplane Stalls + General Aviation News


111 SR22 Icing Accident and Tailplane Stalls + GA News

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111 Max talks about a SR22 icing accident that killed a client. Meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt analyzes the weather, which had severe icing in clouds, and talks about tools pilots can use in preflight to identify possible icing. Ice often forms first on the tail. Tailplane stalls pitch an aircraft down and require a different recovery method than wing stalls. Speeds were too high to use the parachute.

The accident aircraft was a normally aspirated SR22 which had a TKS anti-icing system, but not the more robust FIKI system that permits flight in known icing. The aircraft didn’t have built-in oxygen, which may be why the aircraft was flown at the 14,000 feet, the maximum altitude at which a pilot can fly for up to 30 minutes without supplemental oxygen. The minimum en route altitude was 13,300 feet, so when the pilot encountered ice, he was unable to descend.

For the first eleven minutes at 14,000 feet, flight data appeared normal. But in the next three minutes the aircraft’s speed decreased by 60 knots, while climbing 600 feet, or about 200 feet per minute, suggesting the aircraft had picked up a heavy load of ice. The aircraft then disappeared.

Simulations show that in a tailplane stall, an aircraft pitches down sharply and rapidly increases speed. Most likely, the accident aircraft reached 200 knots in about five seconds, which would be too fast to deploy the CAPS parachute. Recovery from a tailplane are the opposite of a wing stall that pilots practice. To recover, a pilot needs to pull back on the yoke an reduce power.

SR22 Accident and Icing-Related Links
Preliminary NTSB Report for SR22 Utah crash
Flightaware.com Flight Track for the SR22
Kathryn’s Report and Photos for the SR22
Scott Dennstaedt’s Weather Book
Scott Dennstaedt’s Website
Cirrus Learning Portal – Icing Awareness Course

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FAA Hiring Controllers – Apply Here
EAA Chapter 20 at San Carlos, CA 
Where’s My Airport web site
Stolen Airplane Radios
Riley’s Youtube channel
Riley’s Instagram

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110 Aircraft Icing – How to Avoid or Escape Ice – Interview with Fred Remer


110 Aircraft Icing – How to Avoid or Escape Ice – Interview with Fred Remer

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110 Max recently lost a client in an icing accident and he talks with UND Associate Professor Fred Remer about different types of inflight icing pilots can encounter and how to escape it. Fred talks about carburetor and structural icing, where icing is most prevalent in the U.S., the clouds most likely to have ice, and the different types and severity of icing. How to escape icing is also discussed.

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Fred Remer’s biography
NASA Icing Training website
Fred Remer’s YouTube channel
AviationWeather.gov Icing Forecasts

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109 Avoiding Midair and Near Midair Collisions + General Aviation News


109 Avoiding Midair and Near Midair Collisions + GA News

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109 Max talks about Avoiding Midair and Near Midair Collisions. He recently had two near midair collisions (NMAC). While midair collisions are rare, NMACs are common, and pilots who have one should report it to the FAA. Collisions are more likely with aircraft with no radios and with agricultural aircraft. To avoid midairs, pilots should use flight following and good scanning techniques.

MidAir collision studies and Related Links
AOPA Nall Reports
AOPA Safety Advisor: Collision Avoidance
Near Mid Air Collision Searchable Database
Near Midair Collisions: How Many Really Occur?
MIT Study: Mid-Air Collision Risk
Study: Categorization of Near-Collision Close Calls – ASRS data
ASRS Database Report Set – NMAC Incidents
Midair Collision Image – Creative Commons License

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FAA Aerospace Forecast 2019-2039
Collings Foundation Schedule
AOPA Regional Fly-in Livermore, CA
Book: Mountain Canyon and Backcountry Flying
CFI Bookcamp
Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP) – Chicago June 28-30
EAA Pilot Proficiency Center CFI Volunteers Needed
Pilot crashes during slow flight competition
Colorado Crash – VFR into IMC kills family of four
Overcast Podcast App audio clip feature
Simple Flight Radio Podcast
Episode 42 – Portable ASDS-B Receiver Limitations

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Mentioned in the Show
Cirrus Aircraft

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91 Lessons Learned in a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet flying STARs or IFR Arrival Procedures + General Aviation News


91 Lessons Learned in a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet flying STARs or IFR Arrival Procedures + GA News

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Flyings IFR STARS or Arrival Procedures
91 Max talks in detail about IFR Arrival Procedures, also called STARs. These are ATC-coded IFR route for IFR aircraft flying to a specific airport. There are different kinds of clearances you can get on an Arrival. If you’re cleared to “descend VIA” an Arrival, then you can descend at pilot discretion to reach all of the published altitudes for each fix.

Some key takeaways for pilots should be:
1. Read the Arrival charts ahead of time to find all altitude and speed restrictions.
2. Don’t descend automatically on an Arrival unless you been issued a Descend Via clearance by ATC.
3. If you’re not able to make a speed or altitude crossing restriction, notify ATC as soon as possible.
4. When loading an Arrival into your GPS, be aware that you may have to load a transition, even if you’re not flying on a transition, but have been cleared directly to the fix for which the Arrival procedure is named.
5. Use the FLC or IAS mode on the autopilot to meet speed restriction while descending.

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Aviation News Talk episode #66 on Departure Procedures

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