This flight from a beautiful grass strip over the scenic hills of Vermont started out like a postcard. But the beauty masks a departure far trickier than it looks.
Fortunately, our GoPros were on board to capture the flight and show how, despite a thorough brief, two experienced pilots almost got into trouble. Plus, we share tips on how you can avoid something like this happening to you.
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Non-Towered Airport Communications
The Quick Reference Guide to Non-Towered Airport Communications provides clear guidance on what to say and when to say it as you maneuver for takeoffs, landings or pattern work. This PDF download is great for new students or as a refresher for Rusty Pilots.
Caught on Camera Videos
This series of four videos shows how an experienced pilot handles difficult situations that any of us might face. Captured in HD, these videos are edited and narrated to explain the strategies used and in-flight decisions made.
IFR Pilots—Don’t Make This Mistake
Watch this video to discover a little-known gotcha with RNAV approaches, it can save you from embarrassment (or worse).
VFR Scenario: Difficult Departure Decision
A day of fair-weather flying, tailwinds, and an airport restaurant with tasty barbecue makes for the perfect flying day. The after-lunch departure, however, has your full attention. The runway is short and sloped, and your takeoff weight and warmer temperatures won’t leave much of a margin. You can takeoff uphill and into the wind, or downhill with a tailwind. Not the options you were hoping for, and the departing airplanes don’t seem to be clearing the trees by a lot.
Would you depart? Which way?
Watch the video, and test your knowledge.
The Power of Performance Profiles
Instrument pilots must have a solid understanding of their aircraft’s performance profile. Countless pilots have wasted valuable training hours—and struggle to this day—because their instructor skipped this first critical step. Here’s the step-by-step process for creating the essential performance profiles for each airplane you fly. It will help you fly IFR with more precision, and reduce your workload in every phase of flight. Video and PDF Worksheet download.
Teach Your Passenger to Scan for Traffic
Your passenger can (and should) be a valuable resource in the cockpit; if they have some basic knowledge. Download this 2-page PDF guide that teaches the proper technique for scanning. Another set of trained eyes can be a big help.