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Density Altitude (Video)

Posted by on August 28, 2009 6 Comments Category : Flight Instructor Blog Tags :

This film follows a young married couple on a vacation flight from New Orleans to Lake Tahoe. In crossing the Rockies and the High Sierras, they learn the hard way about the effect of high altitude and temperature on light aircraft performance.  The film illustrates proper operation of airplanes under density altitude conditions.  29 minutes, 1966, FA-603A

The FAA’s charge for this video? $106.00  Your price? Free.  Enjoy.

A good accompanying material to read while you watch this video would be the FAA-P-8740-2 Accident Prevention Program’s pamphlet entitled “Density Altitude” which you can download here:


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  1. Ted Thompson on Aug 28, 2009

    I’m only a sim pilot, but I found this a good watch. Very interesting – I was somewhat like this guy I suppose, I knew what it was, but didn’t have a clue to it’s impact or importance.

    Thanks for posting it!

  2. High altitude flying safety video — Golf Hotel Whiskey on Sep 04, 2009

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  3. Ian on Sep 04, 2009

    Great video! Love the “V Tail” state of the art aircraft!

    Good lessons for all, Ian

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  5. Herman Gonzalez on Oct 20, 2010

    This video is a great teaching aid. A have shown this video for private pilot ground school over the semesters. Students will always understand and remember the practical application of something than an hour long lecture on density altitude.

  6. suzy on Mar 28, 2013

    I changed my e-mail address I truly hope there is some way for me to keep all the wonderful Pilot Tips you have already sent me because I do like to go back and see ones I did not have access to when I did not have a computer at home. I was using the one at the library which you only have acess to for one hour out of four hours of four days a week so I did not often get to view and learn. Now that I have internet at the house I will be able to go back and benefit from the great information you share.

    There are some I would like to be able to review which is part of the reason I am hoping not to lose acess to the previous Pilot Tips. I have already registared my new e-mail and have received a couple of Pilot Tips so I am hoping you can tell me what I need to do to keep continuity. My new e-mail address is pa11driver13@gmail.com my old e-mail address will only be available for a few more weeks. Thank you so much for your help I appreciate it. I keep telling other pilots about the wonderful information you so generously share especially since much of it is through video. My phone number is 530 623 4879 in case you need to talk.

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