143 What You Need to Know about Wind Shear + GA News


143 What You Need to Know about Wind Shear + GA News

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143 Max talks about Wind Shear, which is one of the required topics for which student pilots must receive ground instruction in order to get a Private certificate. He talks about what wind shear is, and the accident that led scientists to research wind shear and how they used radar in their research. He also talks about where wind shear is found, how to avoid it, and how to report it.

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Wind shear article: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Wind shear escape maneuver
Harold Livingston, guest on Airplane Geeks podcast in #348
Doctor uses helicopter to call on Tangier Island
Avoid Tangier Island for Now due to COVID-19
The Happiness Lab Podcast
Jason Blair Book: Buying an Airplane
Jason Blair Book: Owning an Airplane
US Health Weather Map – smart thermometer data
Backstory on wake turbulence photo

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DVD: Above and Beyond
Wake turbulence induced crash

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140 Coronavirus Hits Airlines and General Aviation + GA News


140 Coronavirus Hits Airlines and General Aviation + GA News

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140 Max talks about how Coronavirus, COVID-19, is impacting airlines, charter flights, and flight training. Airlines are reducing schedules, grounding aircraft, and giving employees voluntary time off at reduced pay, and stepping up aircraft cleaning efforts. Oil prices have plummeted, but not enough to offset revenue decline. The charter flight industry is seeing some short term increase in demand.

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Southwest Airlines Aircraft Cleaning Video

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134 How to Avoid CFIT, Controlled Flight Into Terrain Accidents + GA News


134 How to Avoid CFIT, Controlled Flight Into Terrain Accidents + GA News

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134 Max talks about several CFIT accidents, including a recent crash of a SR22 near Las Vegas. He also talks about why you might still hit terrain when getting ATC vectors during VFR flight. He also talks about relative terrain tools available in the cockpit and in EFB apps such as ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, and how they can help keep you safe.

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Sedona YouTube Video on Fly with the Guys Channel
Proposal Video
FAA’s website to request a Public ADS-B Performance Report
AEA Scholarships Application
Nov 2019 Las Vegas Plane Crash
GA Joint Steering Committee’s CFIT Brochure
AC 61-134 – General Aviation Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness
NTSB Final Report – Dec 1995 CFIT accident at San Jose, CA
NTSB Final Report – Nov 2007 CFIT accident near Las Vegas
FAA Risk Management Handbook

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126 Charter Pilot in a Piper Meridian – Interview Rob Lober


126 Charter Pilot in a Piper Meridian – Interview Rob Lober

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126 Max talks with Rob Lober of Air Tahoe about what it’s like to fly charter, and what it takes to start a charter operation. He talks about the process to get a Part 135 certificate, and about the rules for pilots, including drug testing, and maintenance of the aircraft. He also talks about the economics of the business, including how he finds customers and why he doesn’t own the plane.

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Air Tahoe Charter

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119 Flying a General Aviation Aircraft Around the World Twice – Interview Robert DeLaurentis


119 Flying a General Aviation Aircraft Around the World Twice – Interview Robert DeLaurentis

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119 Robert DeLaurentis, author of Zen Pilot, Flight of Passion and The Journey Within talks about his upcoming polar circumnavigation, and about his previous around the world trip. His new plane, Citizen of the World, is a highly modified 1983 Gulfstream Turbine Commander 900. Robert talks about the challenges of flying a 4200 nm round trip over Antarctica that will take 17 to 18 hours to complete.

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Amazon book: Zen Pilot, Flight of Passion and The Journey Within
Amazon book: Flying Through Life
Robert DeLaurentis’ Pole to Pole website
Robert DeLaurentis’ AOPA Blog
Robert DeLaurentis’ Facebook Page
Robert DeLaurentis’ Instagram
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112 Buzzing and Low Altitude Flight + General Aviation News


112 Buzzing and Low Altitude Flight + GA News

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Summary
Max talks about Buzzing and Low Altitude Flight, its dangers, and some of the things you can do to mitigate some of the risk if you have to fly low. Even high time pilots have accidents when they fly close to the ground. You can mitigate some of the risk by careful planning ahead of time to identify towers, wires, and other obstacles. Still, unless you have to fly low to the ground, you can avoid a lot of risk by flying at normal altitudes.

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Draco STOL Plane Modifications
NASA Icing and Tailplane Stall Video

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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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81 What You Need to Know about the Flight Review or BFR, NBAA Update + General Aviation News


81 What You Need to Know about the Flight Review or BFR, NBAA Update + GA News.

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NBAA Convention News & Flight Reviews (BFR)
81 Max talks about what you need to know about doing a flight review with emphasis on Part 91 rules that pilots need to know. Also a news update from the NBAA convention. Sean Tucker retiring from his solo air show act. A CFI has feedback on a better takeoff briefing. An FAA controller asks about whether piston pilots could use reverse high speed exits.

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AOPA Region Fly-In Gulf Shores, AL
Conducting an Effective Flight Review

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Max’s video of a procession of A-10 Warthogs
Max’s video skimming the clouds in a Cirrus SR22T
Volerian Flapping Wing demonstration

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58 Managing Your Risk and Liability as a Flight Instructor – Interview with John Ferrell, lawyer, CFI


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John Ferrell talks about what he does to reduce his potential liability as a flight instructor and help to protect his assets. He talks about LLCs, CFI insurance, and umbrella insurance and about selecting clients. He points out the life is inherently risky and that each person will have a different answer as to whether its worth it to him or her to become a CFI.

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John Ferrell’s web site

47 The CFI Shortage – How it Happened and What You Can Do About It – Interview with Jason Blair


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Jason Blair is a FAA DPE, or Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives checkrides to pilots, and he’s also an active flight instructor. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17.

Jason talks about the shortage of the CFIs in the flight training industry, how that happened, what some companies are doing about it, and what you as a pilot can do about it. Here’s a link to his 25-page white paper on the subject.

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