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GPS Approaches – The Why, The How, The Ugly (Part 2)

I recently had the “pleasure” to complete my yearly recurrent ride. As it happens, our fleet of PC12NGs is getting a software update, which will eventually allow us to complete LPVs approaches virtually everywhere. Although we (the company) have been able and trained to conduct LNAV approaches where applicable, the introduction of VNAV/LPV technology brings … Continue reading

Brain Teaser: Vertical Profile | #Flying

Situation: You are on the final approach course to a major international airport in a light turbine aircraft. ATC is keeping you high and fast to blend you with the arriving heavy jet traffic on this busy hour of the day. At the last minute, you are issued a visual approach clearance. However, you are … Continue reading

GPS Approaches – The Why, The How, The Ugly (Part 1)

How many of us are guilty of conducting a GPS-based approach for it’s convenience, without really understanding the underlying principles or knowing all the pertaining regulations? I, for one… GPS use has become so widespread and easy to acquire (even through dash-mounted modules) that you will meet very few pilots who have not used it … Continue reading

The art of missing

“Pulse 101 MEDIVAC, in case of a missed approach, you are cleared to climb and maintain 11,000′, proceed direct to the YTS VOR”. Sounds familiar in some way? I certainly hope so! Everybody has heard the old addage a good landing starts with a stabilized approach. But every instrument rated pilot also knows that a … Continue reading

A landing you can walk away from – What to know about the most demanding phase of your flight (Part 3)

I remember one day getting one of the best compliments of my flying career. I had just battled strong, gusty crosswinds and a little bit of windshear, and finally welcomed with relief the sound of one of my main tires touching the pavement. Then the other. The battle was over. As I was helping my … Continue reading

A landing you can walk away from – What to know about the most demanding phase of your flight (Part 2)

Blue skies.. nothing but blue skies smiling at me! Can you say I’m ready for summer? If there is one season I love above all, it is the season of warm temperatures, long day-light and short-sleeves flying! Sadly, the same season more often than not also means thunderstorms, accompanied by heavy rainfalls. I can remember … Continue reading

A landing you can walk away from – What to know about the most demanding phase of your flight (Part 1)

Remember your first landing? Like – EVER? I do. It was not really a magic moment I should say. More like a… very down to earth thing. (I couldn’t resist!) But jokes appart, the one thing I remember about that day was how meticulously my flight instructor checked the weather, winds, etc. to insure a … Continue reading

Smart Apps for Smart Pilots

With an ever-growing list of technological tools put at their disposition, pilots all around the world are offered a great array of applications and programs that can be downloaded and installed in a moment on their iPhones as well as the new Android smartphones available. Having just myself made the acquisition of an Android-based smartphone, … Continue reading

Kiss my asphalt

You can ask any pilot around the world, flying any type of airplane. There is no better satisfaction than to finish a long day’s worth of flying with a real “kisser”, literally touching down on the runway with the softness of a romantic kiss in the sunset… no really!!! Continue reading

Three things I do not like about summer

So I guess it’s been a while…  I must say this summer has been rather terribly busy. But, you say, ’tis not a reason to abandon people like that! True, true… In any case, this summer has held quite a few good surprises for me. Sadly it also came with a few things I could … Continue reading