//
archives

pilatus

This tag is associated with 8 posts

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

Chuck Yeager and You – Or the Human Factor (Part 2)

I still remember laughing heartily at a small skit by the comedian Eddie Izzard. He was trying to describe his first experience as a small airplane charter client. I think the best part was when he explained in detail the small airplane, small cabin, and the single pilot who was giving a safety briefing over … Continue reading

Chuck Yeager and You – Or the Human Factor (Part 1)

So here we start digging in the heart of the subject. I think every pilot can agree that the biggest part of CRM residesin the cockpit, where he/she will have to spend the rest of his career either dealing with good/bad pilots or just complete idiots! But it goes beyond just learning to ”deal with” … Continue reading

Chuck Yeager and You – Or the Human Factor (Intro)

As Max called the item on the checklist, I responded with the appropriate setting and proceeded to set my altimeter. However, instead of confirming that his altimeter was also set as prompted, Max answered, ”My altimeter is set to 00.00! Like Chuck Yeager, I never fly under pressure!!” 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

The Wide Wild Blue

Have you ever felt like some moments are just…. perfect? This feeling of exhaliration and pure serenity?
This is how I felt, racing across the wide, wild blue. Continue reading

First Impressions

Finally. I see the numbers and the lines on the runway line up with the nose of the airplane. -”You have control”. In this short sentence, my captain just gave me total control over a 3M $ airplane I have never flown before, with a 1200HP waiting to answer to my every commands. Continue reading