This simple tip will keep you from getting more lost and help you to find out where you are.
Is Navigating in X-Plane 11 Harder with Ortho Textures?
Is the VASI glidepath high enough for a safe VFR approach?
In this video, I demonstrate why the VASI is not appropriate for VFR flight to the runway and a steeper approach should be used when possible. Continue reading “Is the VASI glidepath high enough for a safe VFR approach?”
Getting Supplies Into and Out Of the Jungle
How to stay over the runway after takeoff
After takeoff, it is best to stay above the runway and not drift to one side. Many students have trouble with this and the skill builds with experience. Continue reading “How to stay over the runway after takeoff”
People on the ramp
You’ve just started the engine and you are about to go through your pre-taxi checklist. Then you spot a child running towards your plane.
What do you do?! Continue reading “People on the ramp”
Abnormal Oil Pressure
I enjoy simulating emergencies for students. One of my favorites has to do with the oil pressure.
As the student lines up the plane for takeoff I watch their eyes. When I’m sure they are looking out the window I say, “Woah … the oil pressure just spiked!” Most people look down at the gauge and see the pressure sitting in the green. Continue reading “Abnormal Oil Pressure”
What kind of computer do you need for a home simulator?
Whether you fly FSX, Prepar3D, or X-Plane, you will need a computer that can handle the graphics and still give a good frame rate.
Frame-rate is the number of times the picture refreshes per second. A framerate of 20 to 30 is a good minimum to shoot for. If you can get a computer that will get up to 60 frames per second that is even better. Some people try to get higher frames up to 120 or more. Continue reading “What kind of computer do you need for a home simulator?”
Weight and Balance Basics
M = W * A Moment = Weight * Arm
First, let’s look at what these words mean.
Moment (also known as torque) is the rotational force applied to a body. Think of your airplane like a seesaw. The fulcrum is the wing because, like the fulcrum of a seesaw, the wing is keeping you from touching the ground. Continue reading “Weight and Balance Basics”
Who can be a professional pilot?
Being a professional pilot does not mean that you work for an airline or fly a jet.
In fact, even a student pilot can be a professional. This is because professionalism is not a job or a set of skills, it is a choice.