How to Calculate Distance and Time using Co-ordinates

Well, for some of you, it is necessary to be able to calculate the distance and time from co-ordinates for exam purposes. For the rest of you, who rely on that magnificent invention called GPS, quite frankly, I don’t blame you, but it is useful to use your grey matter, and know how to work it out the old fashioned way, just in case…

10 Aviation Weather Terms and What They Mean.

When embarking on any flight, an essential part of the pre-flight preparations involves studying the various weather charts and forecasts, but sometimes understanding exactly what they mean, can prove to be a bit of a challenge. So here are some of our favourites below, which you may remember, or not…

Why does true airspeed increase with altitude and temperature?

At mean sea level with all conditions being the same, indicated airspeed (IAS) will the same as true airspeed (TAS). However, when the aircraft gains in altitude, or the temperature increases (causing the air density to decrease), then surprisingly, the TAS ‘increases’.

How You Can Communicate Better with the ATC

For those of you who quiver at the very initiation of contact with the ATC, fear not, here are some tricks that will help…

Can You Read a NOTAM?

Ah yes… The NOTAM. The ‘Notice to Air Men (Women)’ which most general aviation…actually all pilots, are meant to examine prior to taking off, but in all honesty, seldom do. We are going to show you how to read these notices…

Constant, Variable and Fixed Pitch Propellers – What is the Difference?

Propeller blades are basically a set of aerofoils arranged radially around a shaft. However, not all props are created equal…

10 Steps to Choosing the Right Flight Instructor

Choosing your instructor is a bit like going on a blind date – you just don’t know if it will be a compatible match, but you just go with it anyway. The truth is, student pilots are often assigned an instructor, without much say in the matter…

What is a Deep, Accelerated and Shock Stall?

The stall is entirely dependent on the angle of attack, and can occur at ANY speed. Now for the interesting part – What is a deep, accelerated and shock stall? 

How do Different Wing Shapes Stall?

Have you ever considered  how the shape of your preferred aircraft’s wings will affect how it will stall? One would think that the more modern the aircraft, especially when it comes to airliners, the less likely they are to find themselves in a stall situation, and this would be true…

Understanding Centre of Gravity and Centre of Pressure

these two can be somewhat confusing, so we will look at the differences between the two, and how each is affected under various flight conditions.

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