Author: Blake

CRM in the 50’s

CRM in the 50’s

Crew Resource Management. It’s a concept that is relatively new to the aviation scene. The idea behind CRM is that work flows and communication in the cockpit and with the rest of the crew...

Circuits!

I started doing circuits today. Fun stuff. I don’t think that I will ever get bored of them. I have a lot to write about but I’m going to make this one short (and...

Busted!

This is a repost from Aviatrix’s latest post. First, some background: ADF Is a navigation tool thats based on AM radio signals. The way it works is that there are a bunch of “stations”...

No Fly Zone

No Fly Zone

My last two lessons have been canceled because my FI is sick. Get better soon! My midterms are coming up this week (and next). I’ve been studying for my Human Factors midterm on Saturday...

“It’s not a linear process”

“It’s not a linear process”

Can it be? Three in a row?! Yes, well.. sort of. The weather today was looking marginal for finishing up practicing spins and spirals. So I decided today would be better spent on a...

In Russia Airplane Flys You!

In Russia Airplane Flys You!

This clip is a good example of a language barrier that could cause potential problems with air traffic. It looks like the controller was telling the pilot that the flight level was available until...

Slow Flight

Slow Flight

I’m sure you’ve heard the news. Steve Fossett is trying to break the longest flight record in his Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. I’d be interesting to see if anyone is able to capture some...

Your Textbook is Wrong!

… according to one of my teachers. Let’s start off with a little bit of grade 10 physics: There are four forces that act on an airplane: Lift, Weight (gravity), Thrust, and Drag. All...

Plane + House = Bad

I happen to come across an image of an aircraft that smashed into a house. I decided to look up its registry and discovered that it took off from Buttonville! The accident report is...

NOTAMs and the AFTN

NOTAMs and the AFTN

Since my flight was canceled today because of the weather, I figured it would be a good time to talk about NOTAMs. A NOTAM is a NOTice to AirMen and it lets pilots and...