The cold has a dramatic impact on the functioning of just about every machine under the sun. This can include your car, your air conditioning and if you have one, even your plane. Here are 5 effective ways to prepare your aircraft for cold weather.
Preheat Your Engine
You should preheat your plane’s engine prior to starting it whenever temperatures drop anywhere below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. While most engine manufacturers place the minimum starting temperature a bit lower, it’s usually better to be safe than sorry.
Cover the Engine
Snow or, for those of you in Florida, rain can be damaging if it gets into your plane’s engine. It can cause rusting and, in some cases, your fan to lock up. This is yet another reason to preheat your engine. If your fan does lock up due to rain, water, or snow, it’s better to identify the problem sooner rather than later.
Eight out of ten pilots-in-training quit before becoming fully-fledged pilots. When you couple that with the pilot shortage, it’s clear to see that learning how to fly – learning the basics and then mastering the small details that make all the difference – can be an exhausting process. There is a lot to consider when it comes time to pick your flight school. There are pros and cons to learning to fly at a small airport, just like there are pros and cons to learning to fly at the majors. Join us for an exploration of just what those pros and cons are and learn how to make an informed decision that’s right for you!
Choosing a Flying School
The first thing you need to consider is what school is best for you. Do you want to go to a flight “university” or do you want to take the more one-on-one route of a local [...]
In the movie Airplane!, a group of air traffic controllers has a serious issue. They can’t tell where a plane is, and they note that the plane should have appeared on the radar a while ago. When someone points out that they could be miles off course, the chief remarks that this situation is impossible as they are on instruments.
Cue the Dixieland Jazz.
We would never suggest that you break out your trumpet in the cockpit. What we do suggest is to keep reading, so you can understand IFR a little bit better.
What is IFR?
IFR stands for instrument flight rules. This is the set of rules that regulate aircraft that fly in IMC. Because there can never be too many acronyms, IMC stands for instrument meteorological conditions. Instrument flight rules are differentiated from visual flight rules.
In relatively clear weather conditions, the only thing that you need to fly [...]
John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of one of the most famous presidents, crashed his plane at night. The FAA noted that there tend to be more crashes during the day, as around 80% of accidents happen while the sun is shining. It is of note, however, that there tend to be more planes in the air during the day.
That being said, when it is dark out, a higher percentage of crashes are fatal. 69.1% of night crashes involve someone passing on, while only 58.6% of daytime crashes are lethal.