General

Understanding how a Pressure Altimeter works

The pressure altimeter is not a fancy instrument, but despite it being invented by American Paul Kollsman, way back in 1928, not much has changed, It is, however, a rather important instrument, especially when it comes to terrain clearance, and poor visibility. As pilot, it is essential to understand how it works, the settings, and how it can lie to you…

How to Become a Pilot in South Africa

It usually all starts with your eyes turned up to the sky, and a dream of flying those magnificent machines called aircraft. Practically, however, school career guidance councillors, if available, are often not informed on the process of how to become a pilot, so here is my suggested guide:

Seaplane flying – Why you should try it!

There are a few things that have fascinated me about seaplane flying. Firstly, there is no runway, and they usually take off from areas where there is a lot of other activity on the water i.e. boats, kayaks, tourists pottering around in electric boats…

Why you should check tyre pressure every flight

While it might just be a little laziness, or a seemingly less important part of your pre-flight, when fuel and oil take precedence, it seems that checking tyre pressure is often accomplished with an eyeball and quick kick. So how should you check the tyre pressure, and what happens if your tyre pressure is too low or too high?

Interview – Frank Versteegh former Air Race and Air Show Pilot

Like most aviators, you have probably watched countless air races and shows, and wondered what it takes to be one of those pilots. For me personally, I have always been curious as to what type of character would do that crazy-ass sh*t, and what drives them to do it. Last week I had the immense privilege of attending a talk by Dutch former Red Bull Air Race and airshow pilot Frank Versteegh.

True Life Story – When a forced landing happens

This past week, the unexpected happened. It did not happen to a super experienced airline pilot, nor a super skilled aerobatics pilot, but rather an ordinary, but incredibly present flight instructor with his student. What you will read below is the account of events (unedited), as written by Dutch former Red Bull Air Race pilot Frank Versteegh, who went out for a flight earlier in the day in the very same aircraft…

The ‘SIM’ – Befriending the Sweatbox

I believe that there are two kind of pilots – those that love simulator training, and those that don’t. My experience has never been with the state of the art kind of simulator, but rather more of the old flight school rattle box kind, with seats that smell of stale man sweat and controls that beg for a wipe over with anti-bacterial wipes.

Set new goals and challenge your flying skills!

Perhaps you have been flying for some time, and apart from sweating through a revalidation, or a jaunt to a new breakfast spot, you haven’t really challenged yourself, or your flying skills for some time. As it is a new year, it seems appropriate to set yourself new goals which will not only spice up your flying, but will make you a better a better pilot. Here are a few things you may want to try…

Bird strike – It could happen to you!

One of the most unexpected things that can happen while flying is an encounter with the feathered kind. Birds were the first aviators of the skies and as such should be respected. However, have you ever considered how a bird strike could affect you in your single engine or general aviation aircraft?

Smoking – Worth ending your career before it takes off?

Some members of the young crew still think it is ‘cool’ to smoke. Stress is a ridiculous excuse, as what could be more stressful than fighting in a war where every day you stood a 50/50 chance of returning to base? Already, there is a pilot shortage predicted in the near future, yet many of these new recruits do not seem to have the foresight to see how smoking now could end their careers prematurely.

About Gyrocopters

This week we bring you an interesting option if you are thinking of getting into aviation, but costs are a limiting factor. Modern gyrocopters are not only just cool to look at, but really fun to fly and won’t break the bank!

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