Weather is often blamed as the cause of accidents when, in reality, it’s poor decision making that’s the culprit. The go/no-go decision-making process starts long before entering the cockpit. But the right choice at a crucial moment before or during a flight can be difficult to make. In this new seminar from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, you’ll learn:
Why getting the big weather picture is important
How to improve your go/no-go decision-making process
Tips to “weatherize” your mindset and avoid traps like flying VFR into IMC
Why technology can be a great tool and your worst enemy in weather flying
Starting at the crash scene and working backwards, you’ll step into the shoes of an accident investigator and examine accidents in which weather played a role. Our expert presenters will guide the discussion about what went wrong, why, and how to avoid making the same mistakes.
Updates include weather services avaialble to pilots
AIM Change 2 went into effect September 13 and includes recommended advisory practices at non-towered airports as well as weather services and standard terminal arrivals (STARs). The changes include:
4−1−9. Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports Without Operating Control Towers This change adds a recommended practice instructing pilots to use the correct airport name as identified in appropriate aeronautical publications.
5−4−1. Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR) Procedures This change clarifies that once a Descend Via clearance is issued, pilots are allowed to begin a descent while still navigating inbound to a STAR. The previous language was vague, referring simply to pilots “on” STARs.
7−1−2. FAA Weather Services 7−1−3. Use of Aviation Weather Products 7−1−5. Preflight Briefing This change updates information regarding contract FAA weather services available via the Internet as a primary source for obtaining preflight briefings and filing flight plans. This change also reflects the cancellation of the Direct Users Access Terminal (DUATS II) contract held by Lockheed Martin and CSRA.
I had the pleasure of hosting a popular online panel discussion earlier this year featuring designated pilot examiners (DPEs) and Chief Instructors from around the country offering advice and insight on how to effectively prepare for, and pass, the checkride. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view it, the recording is available free (see below) and would be well worth your time, especially if you have an upcoming exam. Test anxiety is the norm rather than the exception, and the advice from this experienced panel will do wonders at calming the nerves. It also will help you identify common weaknesses of pilot applicants.
During some of the offline preparation and discussion, as the group haggled over busy schedules, the topic of commonly misunderstood procedures and regulations sparked strong opinions among the group. The topics mentioned could be classified into three categories: non-towered airport operations, equipment lists, and night operations.
Now offering Basic Med evaluations – schedule now for remainder of 2018
FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, Dr. John Held, offers aviation medical exams and basic med evaluations at Sporty’s Clermont County Airport on select Saturdays. The cost of the exam is $100 payable by cash or check (no credit cards accepted). An EKG (if required) is subject to an additional $35 fee.
Saturday, October 6
9am – noon
Saturday, November 3
9am – noon
Saturday, December 1
9am – noon
To schedule, please call Sporty’s at 513.735.9100 ext. 0.
For pilots pursuing Basic Med, the required online training is now available through two approved sources – AOPA and Mayo Clinic.
CERTIFICATES, RATINGS AND SOLOS
Congratulations on recent achievements at Sporty’s Academy
August 31 – Randy Queen, Multiengine (above) with instructor Tom Baresel
September 6 – Ryan Nicolaci, Private Pilot (right) with instructor Clayton Lulay
September 11 – Dustin Hagedorn, Instrument Rating (right) with instructor Jason Schroyer
September 14 – Anthony O’Connor (right) with instructor Erik Trogdon
VIDEO TIP: HOW TO RECOVER FROM UNUSUAL ATTITUDES
There are 2 unusual attitude maneuvers you’ll practice during your private pilot training, simulating the scenario of inadvertently flying into IFR conditions and ending up in a nose low descending or nose high climbing pitch attitude. This week’s tip shows how to recognize either condition and use the flight instruments to recover to straight and level flight.
WINNERS OF SPORTY’S/RECREATIONAL AVIATION FOUNDATION PHOTO CONTEST
First-place – Charles Christenson
1967 Cessna 182 on Alder Lake with Mount Rainier in the background. Alder Lake is a 7-mile long reservoir on the Nisqually River in Eatonville, Washington, which was created by the construction of Alder Dam in September 1944.
Second-place – Jim and Janette Riley
Husky on short final at Wilson Bar which is a public-use U.S. Forest Service Airport located near Dixie, Idaho.
Third-place – Cory Kittle
PA-18 Super Cub in front of Colony Glacier near Lake George, Alaska.