What if you forget to remove the pitot tube cover?

I have to confess that just the other day, I did the unthinkable – I somehow did not remove the pitot tube cover before starting the aircraft engine…

Right of Way – Which way should you fly?

If you have ever been faced with a situation where you have an aircraft coming towards you, or you are zooming along in your Piper Seneca and you find yourself having to over take a nervous student in a C152, here is the proper way to do it…

Alternator failure – What should you do?

Alternator failures do not occur often, but when they do, it affects the electrical systems of the aircraft, and your own decision making skills.

Should you fly in cold front conditions?

Cold fronts are a common phenomena at certain times of the year, and just like thunderstorms, a good understanding of them will go a long way in helping you to plan your flight, and of course, keep you safe.

“Coffin Corner” – Aerodynamic Ceiling Explained

An interesting occurrence, related to Mach number, occurs at high altitudes in the troposphere, called ‘coffin corner’. If you are having visions of some deadly myth as scary as flying into the Bermuda triangle, fear not…

Biplanes – Two wings double the lift?

Biplanes, or aeroplanes with two wings, one on top of the other, were popular in the World War One era. Many of these designs  are still functioning today, but what makes this design so unique? There are a number of variations in Biplane design, such as staggered...

How does the mixture control work?

In a piston engine aircraft, the mixture control lever is the red one. Red, because it is really important for healthy engine operation. So what exactly does the mixture control lever do?

What is the difference between absolute and service ceiling?

Ceiling applies to how high an aircraft can climb, but this is further divided into an absolute ceiling, and a service ceiling. Let’s have a look at the difference and what they mean…

What is ISA temperature deviation, and why should you calculate it?

Let’s start with a brain jiggle – if the actual outside air temperature (OAT) differs from the ISA for the particular altitude or flight level that you are at, then this will affect your aircraft’s performance…

When to use Carb Heat?

If you have ever felt a little confused as to how carb heat works, and when exactly to use it, you are not alone…

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Jim Davis’ Corner

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“I expect so. What sort of aircraft is it?”

“It’s a green one.” Geoff explained

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Airfield Hangouts…

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