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?
For some reason, even though every pilot has been taught radio phraseology as part of their training, a number of bad habits and ambiguous words have entered the skies, to such an extent that one actually starts to wonder if these are acceptable.
Climb gradient has nothing to do with speed. Let me repeat – nothing to do with speed. If speed is concerned, then we are talking about the rate of climb… But what is flight path angle?
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 failures do not occur often, but when they do, it affects the electrical systems of the aircraft, and your own decision making skills.