Mark Zee’s statement above is sticking in my mind as I prepare for the IFR add on to my CFI. Mainly because I see it leaking into how we learn.
Archaic CFII and IFR prep questions remind me that much aviation is more about a right of passage than learning.
Becoming a rockstar at decoding weather outputs should make you wonder. And on a more crazy note, let’s look at the rafts of NOTAMs we’re all asked to process – before each flight. Then consider that a NOTAM’s obvious urgency could have saved Malaysia MH17.
What if the crew knew what the NOTAM meant, that would have saved their lives?
When I first got into aviation I called my company Skywagon Air Service. That’s how nuts I was. Nuts about the 180 / 185 that is. In the basement, of this house, next to this 185, is where the company was born. I got these photos the other day from Mike Ball of KRKD who reminded me of the day he “took the 185 home for lunch.” The drive was all of 7 min. But why do that when you can land your 185 in your driveway and taxi it up to the front door… for lunch: Continue reading
Big thank you to Elliot Seguin for showing what a long term spin can look like in slow mo – in a vertical wind tunnel (iFLY in Ontario, CA). The PT-17 is a hallmark of WWII training and current day warbird aficianados (aka “The Stearman”).
This F-18 is showing off critical Mach.
Sometime around 1962 aerodynamicists realized there was more that could be done.
More efficiency to gain at speeds near the speed of sound.
But most importantly, the phenomena so iconic in this picture wasn’t fully understood until the mid 1960s. Sure, wings had been swept and shock waves studied. And it is no coincidence that the area rule was being noodled around this time.
This is a Super Cub. It is ready.
If you live in northern California, have too much money (well, only ~$2500 too much) or like to explore risk management meets airplanes on water, then please contact me to do your seaplane rating. Until they throw me out of here, I’ll be allowed to use my instructor’s license to add your “SES” to your private, commercial or ATP license. Yes, I even train ATP’s, but only when they ask nicely.
This is the Piper Super Cub that is waiting for you in Sausalito. It is docile, efficient, and likes long walks on the beach and prefers coffee ice cream. If you are nice to it, it will help you add ASES to your lonely ASEL rating. (Airplane Single Engine Land -> Airplane Single Engine Sea).
I found this image on reddit and realized that since criticism and CRM are topics of interest, this would be a nice post to prime the pump for an upcoming article I’ll be doing on the supercritical wing.
The interesting thing about the supercritical wing is its age, ubiquity and connection to the area rule, which I wrote about here for the pilot and aviation buff community. It was timely for me since so many of us offer blank stares when quizzed on the “why” of shapes that fly. Whether we are asked about the hump on top of a 747 or the big blobs behind the wing where the flaps are (what is in those things?) most of us pilots know surprisingly little about design.