Required certificates and documents and flying with inoperative equipment

While the time-honored tradition of the walk-around is vitally important so is the preflight inside the cabin making sure the required documents are on board and that the instruments and equipment are in operable condition.
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What’s in an approach category?

Aircraft fall into one of five approach categories (A-E) based on the aircraft's target final approach speed, or reference speed (Vref). If this speed is not published for the aircraft, then a speed of 1.3 times the stall speed.

FAA publications updated: AIM and Pilot/Controller Glossary

FAA recently issued change 3 of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and Pilot/Controller Glossary effective November 3, 2022.

Ask a CFI – do I have to fly a standard traffic pattern at non-towered airports?

§ 91.126 (Operating on or in the vicinity of an airport in Class G airspace) requires that "each pilot of an airplane must make all turns of that airplane to the left unless markings indicate that turns should be made to the right.

What pilots should know about oxygen

The regulations require that pilots use supplemental oxygen if…

FAA releases AIM update (change 2) effective May 19, 2022

The FAA recently released change 2 of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) effective May 19, 2022. AIM updates include:

Pilot/Controller Glossary – change 2 effective May 19, 2022

The Pilot/Controller Glossary was compiled to promote a common understanding of the terms used in the Air Traffic Control system.

Training under Part 61 vs. Part 141 – what’s the difference?

There are two different sections of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation governing flight training, Part 61 and Part 141. Both set specific requirements and steps for pilots to earn certificates and ratings, but each part has different procedures.

Avoid impairment from over-the-counter medication and CBD products

As we enter cold and flu season, it’s important to be cautious of the compromising effects of cold and flu medication. Additionally, given the proliferation of CBD-based products, it’s also important to note that impairment from these products can compromise a pilot’s ability to control the aircraft and adversely affect judgment and decision-making.

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) Change 1 published

The FAA recently published Change 1 of the Aeronautical Information…