Flying Skills

What is a Rate 1 turn?

A rate 1 turn is a standardised rate of turn used in instrument approaches and holding patterns so that pilot action can be predictable by both controllers and other traffic. It is referred to as 'rate 1' because whatever angle of bank is used, the result should equal...

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Ground Effect – Your Friend or Foe?

  A phenomenon which affects aircraft when manoeuvring close to the ground, ground effect is something all pilots should consider on take-off and landing. It can prove to be your greatest enemy if you are caught off-guard, or you can make friends, and use it to...

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Downdrafts – What should you do?

The trouble with downdrafts, just like wind, is that you usually cannot “see” these things coming, but only the effects. Downdrafts can cause pants-wetting moments, or even be lethal if you are unprepared or have little idea of what is happening.

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10 Marshalling Signals You Should Know

If you fly out of a smaller, general aviation airfield, you are probably convinced that you will never be faced with the prospect of following the instructions of the seemingly mute, Visi-vest clad, baton wielding persons called marshalls.

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Which is better – Yoke or Stick Control?

A recent debate with a fellow pilot friend has led to this topic, so I do hope that all of you reading this will leave your comments down below. I must start with a confession, no pun intended, that I am a stick girl!

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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…

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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…

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How to navigate using the VOR

The VOR requires a little bit more work, in the sense that your heading is dealt with on a different instrument, namely the Directional Indicator (DI). but is fun to learn, and will get you flying more accurately and mindfully…

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How to Use the HSI to Navigate

If the thought of doing the instrument rating exam, sends you running, or you are tackling an instrument rating, then the HSI is certainly a cool instrument to understand…

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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…

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How can a power-on stall occur?

The airspeed bleeds off and you feel a buffet, or the stall warning bleats and flashes desperately at you. Of course, you recover like a pro with a super co-ordinated release of back pressure and smooth input of power. But have you ever considered a stall with the power on?

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How to use rudder for a perfectly coordinated turn

The remedy for adverse yaw is to be found in the rudder pedals, and in combination with the ailerons is termed a ‘coordinated turn’. What this means is simply the coordination of aileron and rudder, in order to balance the turn. But how does one achieve this?

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Is there more you can do to prepare for an emergency?

If you think that frequently practicing your precautionaries, and forced landings, is good preparation for the unlikely event that you find yourself in an emergency situation, you would be correct. However, is there anything else you can do to prepare adequately for an emergency?

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Magneto Checks – What are you actually checking?

We often don’t really know, or recall the reason why we are checking a particular item.The magneto check is one of these – we know it is one of the most important checks, and that we are looking for a particular drop, but what is the significance of the drop?

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