Traffic Pattern Legs

5 Tips For Flying The Traffic Pattern

Most pilots would rate takeoffs and landings as the most exciting part of every flight. This is also when things are busiest, as you navigate the traffic pattern and operate in a high-density traffic area. Here are some tips to help you better understand the flow of traffic to help get you on the ground safely at the end of each flight.

Friday Photo: sunset flight

Only a week from Daylight Saving Time, I decided to get out for a night flight before it's more difficult to do after the time change. I love the sunsets, but looking forward for more daytime flying

Video tip: magnetic compass errors

The magnetic compass is the only "self-powered", north-seeking instrument in the panel and you'll find one in just about every airplane. It's not a perfect instrument though and has some inherent errors due to its design and construction. This week's tip takes a look at when you're most likely to experience these errors and how to compensate for them should you ever need to rely on the compass for primary navigation guidance.
Aerodynamics maneuver

Pilot Minute Video: Acceleration Tolerance

In the latest episode of the Pilot Minute video series, the FAA’s Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Susan Northrup, covers internal and external factors affecting G-force induced loss of consciousness, or G-LOC, and how pilots can assess their readiness and tolerance using the preflight I’M SAFE personal checklist.

Earning a type rating

I recently earned a new type rating. This particular airplane…