Great video on slips

Here’s a great video lesson on forward slips and side slips by Jason at MzeroA.  It’s an excellent overview on the differences of these types of slips, and how they should be used.  Let me know if you’re interested in trying them out sometime!

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.  Check out AOPA’s video for the answer…

Happy Flying!

– Brian

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New Apollo GX-60 GPS videos!

Hi everyone.  I just found a bunch of instructional videos for the Apollo GX-60 GPS that have been posted on youtube.  This is the GPS that is installed in 05J.  These videos, along with the user guide and quick reference are very helpful in getting familiarized with the on-board GPS and COM functions.

They are the videos that came with the GPS unit when new, and they include communications, VFR navigation, and IFR navigation.  They were originally VHS tapes (remember those?).  I set up a channel on the NEFlyers youtube page so they can be found easily.  Thanks to “tdebber” on youtube for posting these!

Here they are:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBFA02D1E978F1EFB&feature=plcp

Happy flying!

– Brian

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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 aren’t many other airplanes flying around, so you get a lot more of the sky to yourself.  ATC can be much more accomodating as well for the same reasons.  I’ve been able to fly over Boston with no trouble at night, while during the day it’s much more difficult to get similar clearances.

The Solstice also made me think back to when I was training, and all those times I would scour the regs to determine my night currency requirements according to the Federal Aviation Regulations. Back then, we didn’t have the “internet”. Back then, we had to actually look in “books”. And we liked it! Now, the regs are searchable online, and I like this more!

Since this can be a pretty confusing topic, I’ll sum-up…
FAR 1.1 has the definition of “night”…
FAR 61.57(b) has the night currency requirements
FAR 91.209 has the position and anti-collision light requirements

So the first place to start to find out about night as it pertains to the Private Pilot is the definitions section of the FARs. FAR 1.1 defines night as:
“The time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight, as published in the American Air Almanac, converted to local time.”

Next is to determine if you are current for taking passengers at night.  Part 61 uses different criteria other than simply “night” as defined above. In short, the reg says that you need 3 takeoffs and landings within the preceeding 90 days to a full stop. The takeoffs and landings need to be made between 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise.

Finally, Part 91 says that the airplane needs lit position lights and anticollision lights if equipped.

Thanks to all who picked up Gift Certificates for Christmas – I can’t wait to fly with that special someone!

Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night.

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