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A Peek into the Future; Large UAS in the National Airspace System

A Peek into the Future; Large UAS in the National Airspace System

BlogA Peek into the Future; Large UAS in the National Airspace System by Paul Volk The advent of drones in our national, local or even personal airspace is a much-covered topic. We’ve seen stories about drones delivering packages, monitoring traffic,...

IFR Current Pilots, How “Current” Are You Really?

IFR Current Pilots, How “Current” Are You Really?

BlogIFR Current Pilots, How “Current” Are You Really? by Jennifer Payne Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) is a set of regulations that dictate how aircraft are to be operated when the pilot is unable to navigate using visual references under Visual Flight...

Loss of Control

Loss of Control

BlogLoss of Control by Scott Kellam The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines aircraft Loss of Control as: “Loss of aircraft control while in flight.” Loss of Control (LOC) related accidents are the leading cause of all General and...

Important Update – Hurricane Harvey

Important Update – Hurricane Harvey

Thank you to all who have expressed concern regarding the recent weather events in Houston. Our thoughts are with the local Houston community and surrounding areas. Our team members are safe. Due to the massive impact this storm has had on Houston and the surrounding communities, we will be operating on a limited basis this week and may not be able to respond to customer inquiries as quickly as we normally would. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. Email will be the best way to reach us, and we will try to respond to all phone calls as our schedule allows.

Weather Back to Basics: Clouds

Weather Back to Basics: Clouds

Blog Weather Back to Basics: Clouds By Pamelyn Witteman, PhD We have weather because of the star at the center of our solar system, the SUN. Basically, the uneven heating of the earth surface produces rising thermal columns that cause uplifting of air...

Should Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) be an Endorsement?

Should Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) be an Endorsement?

BlogShould Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) be an Endorsement? by Jennifer Payne Advancements in technology have come a long way for aircraft and the pilots that fly them. So many options are available in the flight deck from navigation guidance and...

Loss of Control: FAASafety Team Seminar on August 16th, 2017

Loss of Control: FAASafety Team Seminar on August 16th, 2017

BlogLoss of Control On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, John Hollingshead, Commercial Pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, High Performance Aviation, LLC will present an FAA Safety Team talk on Loss of Control. Loss of control can happen in any phase of flight, in any...

Crossing the Line: Datalink Weather and Thunderstorms

Crossing the Line: Datalink Weather and Thunderstorms

BlogCrossing the Line: Datalink Weather and Thunderstorms by Paul Volk It’s summer, and one way to tell is that it’s very easy to find “how not to fly into thunderstorms” articles. These are important reminders to GA pilots of the hazards of convective...

The Advantages of Scenario-Based Training

The Advantages of Scenario-Based Training

BlogThe Advantages of Scenario-Based Training by Jennifer Payne Over the years aviation training has undergone massive change and growth. Advancements in aircraft, new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards and procedures and the...

Bird Strikes: a Fowl Experience

Bird Strikes: a Fowl Experience

BlogBird Strikes: a Fowl Experience By Pamelyn Witteman, PhD Imagine flying along on a bright, unlimited-visibility day to get a $100 hamburger and all of a sudden, BAM! My windshield glass is shattered, there is red on the windshield and on me....

Human Factors in Aviation: Mitigating the Danger of Distraction

Human Factors in Aviation: Mitigating the Danger of Distraction

The aviation industry quickly realized the usefulness of utilizing human factors studies to mitigate accidents in the late 1970s after a rash of high-profile aviation accidents took place around the world. Most notable was the Tenerife, Spain accident occurring on March 27, 1977 when two Boeing 747s collided on the runway.

Flying Your First Aerial Photography Mission

Flying Your First Aerial Photography Mission

Flying and taking aerial photographs have been around as long as the first cameras could safely be taken aloft. Scouting and bringing back imagery for analysis gave the airplane its first true utility in wartime. Nowadays, despite the ubiquity of manned and unmanned imagery found on the Internet, there are hundreds of cases where a person simply wants a special photograph that cannot be found online.

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