Category Archives: Definitions and Explanations

What are all those antennas for?

Hi there!  Have you ever wondered what all those antennas sticking up out of an airplane are for?  This post from AOPA and Flight Training describes the majority of antennas on small airplanes.  Any surprises? Happy flying! Brian

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Are *your* aircraft tires airworthy?

Here’s a great video from AOPA and Goodyear.  This is part of a series about aircraft tires, so after checking this out, watch the rest too.  They are informative and entertaining! Happy flying!

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How to properly set the transponder

This is a good answer to the question “How do I set the transponder if ATC gives me a code?”  Sounds like some people have been taught to cycle the transponder to “standby”, or even to “off” before changing codes. … Continue reading

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what is night?

Yesterday, December 22, was the Winter Solstice. It made for the longest night of the year.   Unfortunately, I was unable to fly.  Too many last-minute things to take care of before Christmas!  I love flying at night though.  There … Continue reading

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Maneuvering Speed

Maneuvering speed (aka Va) is described in the Airplane Flying Handbook as “the ‘rough air’ speed and the maximum speed for abrupt maneuvers.  If during flight, rough air or severe turbulence is encountered, reduce the airspeed to maneuvering speed or … Continue reading

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