Proficiency

When the Chatter Ceases »

Peace and quiet is something that every parent has longed for at some time or another. A lack of chatter is not so great when in the clouds and rain—being vectored for a parallel ILS approach to a major airport like Atlanta. More

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ATC Pitfalls —... »

Effective communication between pilots and controllers is at the heart of safe operations in our National Airspace System. It means listening and... More

Flying The Nosewheel »

Just because the vast majority of the airplanes most of us fly have their little wheel mounted on the nose instead of the tail doesn't mean the nosewheel is... More

Blowing Off the Regs »

Maybe it's my imagination, but I think the number of pilot scofflaws is growing. More

Unpublished Holds »

There are situations where you'll be blithely minding your own IFR business and hear ATC say, "… I have holding instructions for you. Advise ready to... More

When It All Goes Dark »

Aircraft electrical system failures are serious, but not usually life-threatening emergencies. Here's how to handle them expediently and safely. More

Categories of the ILS »

The category of ILS approach refers to how low a visibility you can legally fly your airplane down to during the approach. Here's what they are and who and... More