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.
You’ll never forget your first solo flight. For many pilots, the experience ranks right up there with getting married and the birth of their first child in terms of all-time favorite memories. It’s an accomplishment to be proud of, it’s a confidence-builder and, well, it’s just good ole’ fashioned fun!
During their first solo flight, students will typically fly a few patterned loops to gain some confidence in the air (without an instructor in the passenger seat). They’ll also need to successfully land the plane by themselves, which is considered one of the more difficult things about flying. During this time, minor mistakes are nothing to worry about. In fact, they’re a good thing, because, as the saying goes, you’re only as good as your last mistake! Here are some of the signs that you are ready to fly by yourself.
Minimum Required Ground Training
When it comes to flying a plane, preparation is not [...]
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 [...]