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Flying and Cellphones: Mythbuster Style

Flying and Cellphones: Mythbuster Style

The latest episode of Mythbusters tackles the myth of cell phones on airplanes. Their experiment was done two different ways. First they purchased a bunch of equipment, radio stacks, VOR/NDB radios, GPSs and got...

Cumulonumbus North of Field

Cumulonumbus North of Field

No flying today because of thunderstorms. The upside though is that I have yet another METAR I can use to test my METAR parsning engine that I wrote for my Computer Systems class. This...

The PSTAR

The PSTAR

I will probably find out how I did on the Radio Exam come Monday. In the meantime I’ve been studying for the PSTAR test. The passing grade for this test is 90% and its...

The Three Altitudes

The Three Altitudes

A plane needs air to be able to fly. Thanks to the laws of physics, the same parcel of air can have different characteristics based on temperature and altitude. Because of this, there are...

Various Tidbits

Various Tidbits

I did better than expected on my Meterology midterm: 81%. Most of my mistakes were due to stupidity (ie, not reading the question properly). I also took care of the Radio Operators test on...

Studying For Your Radiotelephone License

Studying For Your Radiotelephone License

I’ve been using the following two documents provided by Industry Canada as a study guide for the Radiotelephone License: – Study Guide for the Radio telephone Operator’s Restircted Certificate (Aeronautical) – Guide for Examiners...

METAR Weather Codes … Decoded

METAR Weather Codes … Decoded

I’ve been spending the past hour working on my Computer Systems assignment (its a METAR, TAF, and FD decoder). I’m at the point now where I have to convert the weather codes into human...

Winds: 340 at 19, Gusting to 26

Today was a textbook day for illusions! I was afraid that it would be weeks before I could experience them first hand. I was able to book this flight a little last minute on...

Circuits Part 2

Circuits Part 2

This is an update to a post I made earlier in the week. The flight on Saturday was good. We finished up stalls and spirals. Let me tell you, spirals are much more easier...

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...