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Posted by on August 15, 2010 1 Comments

Coming or Going?

“Coming or Going? At night or in conditions of poor visibility navigation lights tell you a traffic advisory story in color.  All pilots should refresh their memories periodically so that they can immediately determine the flight path of another aircraft by the color and relative position of the navigation lights it displays.  The airborne pilot, […]

Posted by on August 13, 2010 2 Comments

Postflight Inspection

The following article and pictures are from May 1963 FAA Aviation News.  I routinely collect old FAA magazines (much to the chagrin of my wife) and I love reading through them and finding gem articles like this one that discusses the importance of a postflight inspection.  Unfortunately, the FAA has not archived these wonderful articles […]

Posted by on July 29, 2010 0 Comments

Oshkosh 2010

Just wanted to post a couple pictures from my Oshkosh 2010 visit yesterday. I usually just go up for the day, but one of these years, I’m going to plan on staying a little longer. It’s kind of like visiting The Louvre, there is just no way to see and visit everything in […]

Posted by on June 28, 2010 5 Comments

Military Vs. Civilian Route

Cameron writes asking:
I am interested in becoming a pilot but with todays job market I feel like it might be trouble. My first concern is, do military pilots excel further, faster than civilian trained pilots? Like most careers I’m told that starting out I won’t make a dime. How long would it be before I […]

Posted by on June 27, 2010 0 Comments

Treetop Flyer

Posted by on June 27, 2010 21 Comments

Private Pilot Oral Exam Questions

My home office is an absolute mess and Mrs. Askacfi has finally had enough. She has let me know that it is time to clean my desk.  As a result of my recent organizing efforts I stumbled upon a old printout that helped me prepare for my Private Pilot Checkride. The title on the […]

Posted by on June 19, 2010 3 Comments

Pilot in Command on a BFR

Jim, a CFI, wrote in asking:
Who is pilot in command during a BFR? The CFI or the pilot who is taking the review? Here’s why I ask: many private pilots are in the habit of letting their BFR lapse before coming to me for a BFR. My attitude has been that if […]

Posted by on June 19, 2010 19 Comments

Effect of Weight on Glide Ratio

Every once in a while I get a question on askacfi.com that I’m pretty sure is a homework question but I still don’t mind answering it.   Like the one I just got from Javier who writes asking:
Two airplanes are flying at the same altitude, the same day, same conditios, except airplane A is much heavier […]

Posted by on June 19, 2010 0 Comments

E6B Collection

Posted by on June 19, 2010 1 Comments


John writes in asking:
When I file an IFR flight plan using VOR waypoints ATC will be often give me clearance to fly a Victor route instead. My GPS does not have the capability to fly these routes. If I use my GPS to navigate I have to fly using the […]

Posted by on May 13, 2010 8 Comments

AWOS online

There are about 200 unanswered questions sitting in my inbox that I need to answer right now, but I wanted to quickly share with you a cool website that I found recently.   I was trying to check weather at a destination airport that isn’t able to generate a METAR report because it is served by […]

Posted by on April 19, 2010 0 Comments

How to set your own airspeed record

Like most pilots, I love speed.  I’m always excited when I set a new high ground speeed mark in the GPS or when I make a regular trip in extra short time.   And sometimes, on those extra fast legs, I wonder if my personal best just might also be a record book best.  Which is […]

Posted by on April 11, 2010 3 Comments

Recommended Resource: “CFI to CFI”

I received an email yesterday asking me to check out a brand new publication from AOPA’s ASF Foundation called “CFI to CFI”. This quarterly flight instructor newsletter is packed with tips for flight instructors to use with students and articles to aid in professional CFI development.
I tried out the digital copy of the newsletter […]

Posted by on March 25, 2010 2 Comments

Logging PIC Time on a Checkride

Michael writes asking:
How do you log the private pilot practical test, Do I log it as PIC? Dual? I don’t feel as if I am the PIC because I was not yet qualified, and its not really dual because there was no instruction.
Hi Michael,
Actually, according to § 61.47 you can log your private pilot […]

Posted by on February 7, 2010 9 Comments

Cessna 182 POH

I can remember vividly my first flight in a Cessna 182.  For me, it was the first step beyond the training airplanes of the Cessna 152, 172 and 172RG.  The Sylane was a “real” airplane, equipped with a 230 horse power engine!  If I’m not mistaken, my first flight in a Cessna 182 was actually […]

Posted by on February 6, 2010 4 Comments

Not Quite as Good as I Thought

Posted by on January 30, 2010 3 Comments

Contract Pilot Invoice Template

One of the more exciting things about learning to fly is the day when people start paying you for your pilot services!  I could dedicate an entire site to discussing ways you can get paid to fly, but one of easiest  and most popular ways is by becoming a contract pilot.   As a contract pilot […]

Posted by on January 21, 2010 14 Comments

Procedure Turn Not Required

A good pilot is always learning right?  Well, I have learned something recently about TAA approaches, procedure turns and how they are charted, especially on the Jeppesen charts.  To begin, let’s take a look at this traditional RNAV / GPS approach:
This is a standard “Basic T” approach that uses a Terminal Arrival Area (TAA) to […]

Posted by on January 15, 2010 30 Comments

eAPIS Tutorial

If you follow my tweets very much, you might know by now how I am a huge fan of Fltplan.com.  I think they easily have the best and slickest flight planning services available on the web.   From aviation weather to NOTAMS to approach charts, this is really a one-stop shop for planning and filing […]

Posted by on January 13, 2010 36 Comments

Line Up and Wait

As reported in this morning’s AvFlash news, the FAA is soon going to implement a change from “Position and Hold” to “Line Up and Wait” in order to conform with international phraseology standards.  This change is expected to occur in mid-year 2010.  In fact, if you fly in and out of Canadian airspace you know […]

Posted by on January 11, 2010 3 Comments

IFR required equipment

With Paul’s recent post on the VFR day and night equipment mnemonics, I figured it would be a good opportunity to start collecting some more. If you’re working on your Instrument rating, you’ve probably wondered if there are any mnemonics for the IFR required equipment dictated by §91.205.
GRABCARD is the classic memory tool:

Generator or alternator
Rate […]

Posted by on January 9, 2010 8 Comments

VFR Required Equipment

Here is a question from Joe who asks:
How’s it going? I’m a CFI/CFII getting ready to work on my MEI. I’m was just wondering if you had any easy ways to teach 91.205. I have ways to easily teach equipment required for IFR flight and VFR Night. I just don’t have a easily remembered acronym […]

Posted by on January 8, 2010 1 Comments

How can a Sport Pilot CFI upgrade to a full CFI?

Melody asks an (increasingly common!) question about Sport Pilot upgrades for instructors:
I was told by an examiner that I could get a CFI Sport Pilot rating, then add on a CFI-SE Airplane. Is this accurate?
Whenever you’re looking into adding on a rating – any rating, whether it’s adding multi-engine privileges to a private ticket, or […]

Posted by on January 4, 2010 1 Comments

So What Exactly is Turn and Bank?

James asks the following question:
During some ground time my CFI talked briefly about TURN and BANK being different but combined. Is there any readings or thoughts as to the clarification on these terms/manuvers?
Awesome question James! Turn and bank are concepts that many people just assume are the same, because they really do go hand in […]

Posted by on December 23, 2009 2 Comments

Merry Christmas

From all of us at askacfi.com, ‘Happy holidays to all, And to all a safe flight”