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Aviation & Aerospace: Most Popular Articles

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Amelia Earhart to Fly Around the World. Wait,...
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Buying an Airplane: Can You Afford It?
Buying an airplane can definitely be affordable, but it’s not for everyone. Your specific financial situation and how you measure value as it relates to aircraft ownership will determine if you’re ready to take the plunge into aircraft ownership.
Q&A: Medical Certificate Requirements for Pilots
In order to keep everyone safe, the FAA requires a pilot medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner prior to flying solo or earning a pilot certificate. Pilot medical requirements vary depending on what kind of pilot you are.
In-Flight Wi-Fi Costs for Passengers
The price of airborne Wi-Fi varies depending on the package the customer purchases, but can range from $5-$15 per day, or $30-50 per month.
How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) are responsible for performing repair, preventative and routine maintenance on all kinds of aircraft and helicopters. Aircraft mechanics (also called Airframe & Powerplant mechanics or A&P mechanics) are in demand right now. The military, airlines and government, as well as many other employers, are hiring aircraft mechanics.
How to Become a Commercial Pilot
Many people are misinformed about what a "commercial pilot" is. They assume that if someone is a commercial
Scholarship Guide for Pilot Training
If you're like most pilots, it's likely that you have (or will) run out of money at some point during your training. But don't give up! There are resources out there to help. From recreational to commercial pilots, there's something for everyone.
The Aviation Medical Exam: What to Expect
For most people, the aviation medical exam will be a piece of cake. For others, it can be frustrating to wait for the waiver process to be completed. But most of the time, the FAA will let you keep flying in the end.
How to Plan a VFR Cross Country Flight
Planning a cross-country flight can seem like a daunting task. Flight planning can be a lot of work but the more you do it, the easier it gets! Here's a step-by-step process to break it down into pieces:
Basic Flight Instruments
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Airsick? How to Prevent and Treat Motion...
Feeling queasy? Airsickness, a specific type of motion sickness, happens to many pilots and passengers. It tends to happen more often early in flight training, as your body adjusts to the moving elements involved with flying an airplane. Passengers are also likely to get air sick, since they often read or focus on objects inside the airplane.
8 Steps to Aircraft Ownership
Aircraft ownership might seem like a dream for the average pilot, but those who have gone through it know that buying an airplane can be a real nightmare!
Bombardier Launches New Ultra-Long-Range Jets
Bombardier launched two additions to its family of ultra long-range jets at NBAA 2010. The new Global 7000 and 8000 will offer the largest cabins and longest range of any business jet currenttly on the market.
How to Become a Multi-Engine Pilot
If you want to fly higher, farther and faster, you'll need an airplane multi-engine rating in addition
The Best Job Search Websites for Pilots
After at least 10 very slow years, the aviation industry is in a period of growth. Experts predict that we'll encounter a drastic pilot shortage in the coming years, which means that your dream job may not be as far away as you thought!
How to Become an Airline Pilot
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an airline pilot? Learning to fly an airplane isn’t much harder than learning to operate your new iPad. The many different pilot training methods can be confusing, though, so here are four possible routes that a prospective pilot might take to become an airline pilot.
7 Reasons You Shouldn't Become a Pilot
There are a lot of reasons to become a pilot: flying is a lot of fun and for most, it's a very satisfying career. But there are a few misconceptions to clear up about the lifestyle of a commercial pilot. Here are 7 reasons that you should not become a pilot.
Buying an Airplane: Choosing the Right Airplane
Aircraft ownership comes with a lot of decisions, but if you stay focused on your specific needs, choosing the right one will be easier.
Aviation Medical Exams: Can You Fly After a DUI?
A commonly asked question when it comes to aviation medical exams is whether an applicant will pass the exam successfully with a previous DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated). This is a very difficult question to answer.
Flight Training: 7 Books You'll Need for...
If you’re wondering which books you really need for your private pilot flight training, and which you don’t, here’s a list.
How to Become a Private Pilot
Private pilots enjoy the freedom and convenience of flying a small aircraft for travel or business. Check out these steps for how to become a private pilot.
Aircraft Fixed Costs
Fixed costs, as opposed to variable costs, are defined as costs that remain the same over a period of time. An aircraft’s fixed costs are the same no matter how much the airplane flies.
How to Become a Flight Instructor
If you're interested in becoming a flight instructor, then you're in luck -- flight instructors are pretty high in demand right now, and this particular career path is expected to remain in demand for quite a few years, according to some experts.
Aircraft Variable Costs
Fixed and variable costs are important to determine when buying or operating an airplane. While fixed costs are relatively obvious, variable costs can be somewhat more complex. Determining both fixed and variable costs ahead of time can offer insight for a potential buyer to determine if he or she can afford aircraft ownership.
Inside the Aircraft Accident Investigation...
Air travel today remains safe, thanks in part to accident investigation. Findings from accident investigators pave the way for changes to be made in aviation.
FAA Final Rule: Pilot Duty and Rest Requirements
In December 2011, the FAA established a final rule for pilot duty and rest requirements in an effort to combat the risks of fatigue in aircrews. This new regulation provides more stringent rest requirements and flight hour restrictions than previously, a move that the FAA hopes will satisfy the public demands for a safer flying environment.
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) or Maximum Gross...
: In the FAA's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Max Takeoff Weight is defined as the "maximum allowable
Basic Flight Instruments: The Vertical Speed...
The vertical speed indicator is a basic flight instrument that tells the pilot whether the airplane is climbing, descending or in level flight. The VSI also gives rate information in feet per minute (fpm) for the climb or descent.
Aircraft Profile: Learjet 70 and Learjet 75
Learjet announced its two new light business jets, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75, at EBACE 2012. The light business aircraft is priced between $11-13 million, and is expected to enter into service in 2013.
Aircraft Systems: Pitot-Static System
The pitot-static system supplies power to three basic aircraft instruments: The airspeed indicator, altimeter and vertical speed indicator.
The ADF/NDB Navigation System
The ADF/NDB navigation system is one of the oldest air navigation systems still in use today. It works from the most simple radio navigation concept: a ground-based radio transmitter (the NDB) sends an omnidirectional signal that an aircraft loop antenna receives. The result is a cockpit instrument (the ADF) that displays the direction to an NDB station, allowing a pilot to
Advisory Circular
Advisory Circulars are informational documents produced by the Federal Aviation Administration to inform and guide institutions, operations, and individuals within the aviation industry, as well as the general public.
How to Become an Instrument-Rated Pilot
An instrument pilot can legally fly in the clouds, rain and fog, which broadens his or her abilities and keeps them in the air instead of on the ground during inclement weather.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Airspeed Indicator
The airspeed indicator is part of the pitot-static system, a differential pressure system that measures both dynamic air pressure from the pitot tube and static pressure from a static port.
In-Flight Wi-Fi Status Update
To date, at least 1,700 commercial airliners have in-flight Wi-Fi capability, making it completely possible for you to Facebook your friends or complete that business presentation at 30,000 feet. Wireless internet on airplanes is becoming more and more common, as airlines rush to equip their aircraft with Wi-Fi capabilities for demanding customers.
Top 12 Gift Ideas for Aviation Enthusiasts
If you need gift ideas for an aviation enthusiast, look no further. The good news is that aviation enthusiasts usually aren't picky about their gifts. A true avgeek will probably like anything aviation related. Here are a few ideas with a wide price range to get you started:
Aviation Medical Exams: Disqualifying Medical...
If you're applying for an aviation medical certificate for the first time, it's smart to know what to expect. There are some disqualifying factors that you should be aware of before applying for your first aviation medical certificate.
The National Airspace System Explained
The National Airspace System has proven to be a reliable system. In fact, the United States has the safest skies in the world with respect to air transportation. The NAS involves more than just the control tower at your local airport, though.
PAVE: A Personal Minimums Checklist for Risk...
PAVE is an acronym devised by the Federal Aviation Administration for use as a personal minimums checklist for pilots. Each letter of the acronym stands for a different risk factor associated with flying
How to Become an Aircraft Dispatcher
Aircraft dispatchers work for airlines and other scheduled carriers to ensure the safety of flight. They share the overall responsibility for the safety of each flight with the captain and work to maintain safe, efficient operations for their company. It takes only about 5-6 weeks of training to obtain your FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.
In-Flight Wi-Fi Fleet Status
Check Out the Current Status of U.S. and International Airlines with In-Flight Wi-Fi Capability, including which aircraft are equipped and which companies are providing the service.
The Recreational Pilot Certificate
By far the least popular of all of the pilot certificates is the recreational pilot certificate. It was meant to be a simpler version of the private pilot certificate, but the restrictions placed upon it aren't popular with students. Regardless, the certicate is still available as a less intense version of the private pilot certificate.
Buying an Airplane: Reducing the Cost of...
For many, purchasing an airplane is thought to be an unattainable dream. Aircraft ownership can become a reality, though, if you do some research and find creative ways to make the cost manageable.
5 Ways to Make Your Airport More Eco-Friendly
With the world’s focus on sustainability, making your airport more eco-friendly becomes more important every day. Your airport probably has a good waste management plan in place, but how environmentally-friendly is it? And can you do more? Here are five ideas for making your airport more eco-friendly.
Aircraft Profile: Amelia Earhart's Lockheed...
The Lockheed Model 10 Electra is most famous as the aircraft that Amelia Earhart flew on her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937. Built for early airline operations, the Electra Model 10 was a twin-engine, all-aluminum aircraft with retractable landing gear, variable-pitch propellers, and twin tail fins and rudders.
FAA Passenger Safety Briefing: How to Brief...
If you really want to give a professional and adequate passenger safety briefing, there are a series of items you should include. Learn how to brief passengers like a professional pilot and you'll impress your check pilot and put your passengers at ease. As a bonus, when you provide a successful briefing from the beginning of your flight training, you'll transition easily to the next step in your flying career.
Air Navigation
Air navigation is accomplished by various methods. The method or system that a pilot uses for air navigation will depend on the type of flight that will occur (VFR or IFR), which navigation systems are installed on the aircraft, and which navigation systems are available in a certain area.
The Search for Amelia Earhart
Amelia's attempted flight around the world in her Lockheed Electra was cut short when she disappeared with her aircraft somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. To this day, the search for Amelia Earhart and her plane continues.
6 Airports That Have Gone Green - Here's How...
Six major airports have gone green. Here's how they did it.
Aircraft Navigation Terms and Definitions
Aircraft navigation terms can often be confusing, especially when a pilot doesn't use them every day. Experience with cross-country flights and practical use of navigation techniques makes these terms easier to identify.
Aircraft Profile: Pilatus PC-12 NG
The Pilatus PC-12 is a single engine turboprop aircraft best known for its long range, large cabin and safety features. It's popular because it's easy to fly and is certified for single-pilot IFR operations and flight into known icing conditions.
Composite Materials on Aircraft
Common composite materials used in aviation are fiberglass, carbon fiber and fiber-reinforced matrix systems, or a combination of any of these.
What Are Light Sport Aircraft?
Light Sport Aircraft (LSAs) are gaining popularity, and for good reason: pilots can earn a sport pilot certificate in a light sport aircraft for cheaper and in less time than a traditional private pilot license. These smaller aircraft are also less expensive and easier to operate than the typical flight training aircraft of the past.
4 Advancements in On-Board Communication Devices
Technology is changing the way we do business everywhere, and it’s no different in the aviation world. If you haven’t already seen this new aviation technology in the cockpit, you will soon.
The Top 4 U.S. Aviation Universities
Choosing an aviation university can be difficult. This article compares four commonly known aviation universities, including student enrollments, tuition and aircraft fleets.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 747-8
Boeing has done it again. Rolling off the production line at the end of 2011, the first Boeing 747-8 aircraft is sure to impress. But does the longest airplane in the world have good enough customer appeal to compete with its rival, the Airbus A380?
Aircraft Weight & Balance Terms
Definitions and explanations for popular aircraft weight and balance terms.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 777 Family
The Boeing 777 family is a group of long-range airliners designed and built in the early 1990s and first delivered into service in 1995.
Career Profile: Airport Management and...
Airport managers are at the center of each airport. They are the decision-makers and policy-makers for airports. They create jobs and manage each airport department.
How to Become a Sport Pilot
The sport pilot certificate was created with the aviation enthusiast and hobbyist in mind. It was partially developed to encourage more people to fly. The sport pilot certificate costs less to obtain than the customary private pilot license, and doesn't require a student to have an FAA medical certificate, making it a more viable option for some.
Aircraft for Sale: Websites for Buying &...
If you are ready to take the plunge and become an aircraft owner, check out these websites that list private aircraft for sale.
What is a NOTAM?
A NOTAM is an abbreviation for a Notice to Airmen. NOTAMs are issued by the FAA for many different reasons, but mostly to inform pilots of changes to airports, airways and local procedures that affect the safety of flight.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is known as one of the world's most successful aircraft. It's fuel efficient and clean, and is built for sustainability.
VOR Navigation System
The Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR) system is a type of air navigation system. Though older than GPS, VORs are very commonly used and have been a very reliable source of navigation information since the 1960s
Airborne Wifi FAQs: Broadband Takes Flight
Airborne wifi is taking the aviation industry by storm. Airlines and private jet operators are scrambling to add the new technology, while manufacturers and installers are also looking to cash in on the demand. Finally, carriers have found a service they can offer for an additional charge that customers embrace.
The Global Positioning System (GPS)
The global positioning system, or GPS as it is commonly known, is a vital component to modern air navigation, and an invaluable component to the FAA's NextGen program.
6 Reasons You Should Become a Pilot
Everywhere you go, you'll find people talking about why you shouldn't become a pilot. They're quick to talk about the misfortunes of airline pilots and various other hardships that pilots face, but deep down, they probably still believe that becoming a pilot is the best thing they've ever done
Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance...
LPV approaches and WAAS capabilities in general open up new options for pilots. With properly-equipped aircraft, operators will save time and money by using WAAS as an extremely precise navigational aid.
CRM: Crew Resource Management
Crew resource management is an essential part of any flight department's training and a critical piece of knowledge in a pilot's career. All professional pilots are trained in CRM, and the focus remains on specific concepts such as aeronautical decision-making, risk management, leadership, and error management
The MH370 Timeline: How it All Went Down
The world continues to speculate about the whereabouts of missing Malaysian Airline Flight 370. All we know for sure are the facts, which will be continuously updated here as the mystery develops.
Buying an Airplane: Ownership Options
The cost of aircraft ownership is high, especially for the typical general aviation pilot. There are ways to reduce the financial burden of buying an airplane, though, such as entering into an agreement with others to share the cost.
7 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Flying
Being a pilot is expensive. Here are seven ways to cut costs of flying.
The Pilot Fatigue Problem
For years, pilot fatigue has been a real issue. Airline pilots, as well as cargo, corporate and charter pilots all face fatigue while flying. While fatigue can be common and overlooked in the aviation industry, it poses a very troubling threat to safety and should be taken seriously.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Altimeter
The conventional aircraft altimeter works by measuring the atmospheric pressure at the airplane's flight altitude and comparing it to a preset pressure value.
Why Did Delta's Flight Attendants Reject Union?
Delta Air Lines' flight attendants voted down an attempt to unionize. The decision should clear the way for full integration with their colleagues from Northwest, more than two years after the two carriers merged.
The I'M SAFE Checklist
As pilots, we love our checklists. So it's no surprise that there is a self-assessment checklist to assist pilots in determining physical and mental health before flight. The I'M SAFE Checklist is taught early in flight training and is used throughout a pilot's professional career to assess their overall readiness for flight when it comes to health.
Aviation Medical Exams: Types of Aviation...
There are three different types of FAA aviation medical certificates: First class, second class and third class. The type of flying you do (or intend to do) will determine the category of aviation medical certificate you will need.
Aircraft Profile: Cessna 162 Skycatcher
Cessna's newest training aircraft, the Skycatcher, answers the market's call for light sport aircraft. An all-metal, high-wing aircraft with roomy side-by-side seating, the Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA is marketed for personal use and flight schools.
7 NextGen Programs to Watch For
How much do you really know about the NextGen programs? If you haven't studied up on it yet, now is the time. NextGen, the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System, is being implemented whether you're ready or not. Here are seven NextGen transformational Programs you need to know:
Flight Schools: The Pros and Cons of Aviation...
The question of whether to attend an aviation university and get a degree in a flight-related program or obtain your pilot certificates through another means is one of the most widely asked questions from prospective pilots. Find out if an aviation degree is right for you.
Technologically Advanced Aicraft
Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) is a modern term used to describe light aircraft with advanced equipment on board
Your Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
An aviation enthusiast's guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Learn how to get tickets, arrival options, lodging options and what to bring to the world's greatest aviation event.
Federal Aviation Regulations: Seat Belts and...
Are you familiar with child restraint systems on aircraft? How old can a child be to ride on the lap of a passenger on a plane? Can any old car seat suffice for aviation use? What about parachute operations?
FAQs: The Sport Pilot Certificate
The sport pilot certificate was was developed by the FAA in 2007 in order to make flying more affordable and available to people. There are two main advantages to the sport pilot certificate: first, you don't need an aviation medical exam, and second, you can complete the training in less time.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is an organization that works under the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) as a governing body to the aviation industry. The FAA creates and enforces regulations in an effort to provide a safe, efficient airspace system.
The FAA FITS Program
The FAA developed the FAA-Industry Training Standards (FITS) in 2003 as a way to further reduce the general aviation accident rate and address the need for a training program that would match the new technologies that were arriving.
Aircraft Profile: Cessna's Citation Longitude
Citation Longitude, Cessna's newest super mid-size business jet, was unveiled at EBACE 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. It it a long-range, large-cabin jet, and is the largest in the Cessna business jet family.
What is FIS-B?
FIS-B is short for Flight Information System-Broadcast. FIS-B is a data broadcasting service that works with ADS-B to allow aircraft operators to receive aeronautical information such as weather and airspace restrictions through a data link to the cockpit.
Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM)
Through single pilot resource management (SRM), a single pilot is taught to manage workload, mitigate risk, correct errors, and make good decisions -- just the same as a crew would do with CRM concepts.
How does ADS-B Work?
ADS-B works by using satellite data to provide accurate aircraft information to air traffic controllers. ADS-B is part of the FAA's NextGen program, a modernization plan for the nation's air traffic system.
Aircraft Profile: Airbus A350 XWB
The Airbus A350-WXB is a family of wide-body jets introduced to rival the eco-friendly Boeing 787, and Boeing 777.
12 Annoying Things Flight Instructors Do
A list of the 12 most annoying habits of flight instructors, as compiled Reddit pilots.
The ABCs of Emergency Landings
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Checkride Prep: Explaining Aircraft Systems the...
How to explain aircraft systems in a simple, organized manner.
Career Profile: Airport Emergency Response...
Every airport must have emergency response plan in place. A well thought-out and practiced emergency response plan can save lives in an emergency. An inadequate plan, however, can have fatal consequences.
Top 12 Gift Ideas for Professional Pilots
Professional pilots are sometimes difficult to buy presents for. They usually have all of their necessary
Accident Profile: Colgan Air/Continental...
On February 12,2009, a Colgan Air jet,operating as Continental Connection Flight 3407, crashed during approach. The accident was gained notoriety for many safety issues, including regional airline pilot salaries, pilot fatigue, airline training standards and pilot commuting policies.
NextGen in a Nutshell: The Next Generation Air...
NextGen is short for Next Generation Air Transportation System, an FAA program developed to modernize today's national airspace system with the help of the entire industry. NextGen isn’t just a single program; it's made up of a series of different initiatives designed to make the airspace system more efficient.
Top 12 Gift Ideas for Flight Instructors
Looking for a great gift idea for a flight instructor? Here's a list of gift ideas for the flight instructor that covers a wide range of budget options.
Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
The Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) is a voluntary program in which airlines and other Part 121 operators team up with the FAA to enhance flight safety. The goal of ASAP is to detect problems and negative trends in flight operations before those problems cause an accident.
Flight School: The Pros and Cons of Aviation...
The decision to attend an aviation university is a big one. Aviation universities can be very beneficial when it comes to learning, networking and getting a job as a pilot. But they’re costly and many people recommend a back-up plan in case you’re grounded in the future. Page 2.
Airport Emergency Plans
Ever wonder how airport emergency operations work? What exactly happens in the moments after a plane crash? Well, all airports have a detailed airport emergency plan (AEP) to help everyone deal with the aftermath of an emergency or disaster
4 Summer Fly-In Destinations You'll Love
If you're getting your airplane out of the hangar for some summer flying, consider this list of the best fly-in destinations.
Full-Flight Simulator
A full-flight simulator (FSS) is the most advanced type of simulator available to pilots and training institutions. A FSS must include a full replica of an exact make, model and series of aircraft cockpit and must perform in the same way that the actual aircraft performs in flight.
What is TIS-B, Anyway?
TIS-B is short for Traffic Information System-Broadcast. It's a traffic reporting system that uses ADS-B ground stations and radar data to transmit aircraft position data to aircraft cockpit displays. In essence, TIS-B will allow the pilots in the cockpit to see what the air traffic controller sees.
7 Flight Instructor Essentials
Flight instructing can be a challenging job. Arm yourself with the right instructional tools and resources, and you'll be able to handle just about any situation! Here are the top seven flight instructor essentials to start your career off right:
Aircraft Profile: Gulfstream G280
After making its debut at EBACE 2012, the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280 is expected to deliver more than promised to its first customers in late 2012.
5 Things Every Instrument Pilot Needs:
There are countless supplies on the commercial market for instrument pilots and instrument pilots in training. But which ones are really important? Here are five must-haves for instrument pilots.
What's the Difference Between ADS-B Out and...
There are two types of ADS-B that can be installed on an airplane: ADS-B Out and ADS-B In. Both are valuable, but as of 2013, only ADS-B Out is mandated by the FAA's Final Rule, issued in 2010, which states that all aircraft operating in designated airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out by January 1, 2020.
A Beginner's Guide to Plane Spotting
Plane spotting is a great way to learn about and enjoy the aviation industry and the aircraft and airlines within it. For anyone who enjoys airplanes, plane spotting makes a great hobby. Here's how to get started.
Aircraft Profile: Terrafugia Transition
The Terrafugia Transition -- a flying car -- is making its way into the skies and streets as America's first street-legal aircraft.
Aircraft Profile: Gulfstream G650
At Mach .925, The Gulfstream G650 is the fastest civilian jet in operation today -- for now, anyway.
Does Heightened Airport Security Make Us Safer?
US officials have issued a new terrorism alert - warning U.S,. citizens in Europe to be on alert for possible terror attacks.
Who is required to use ADS-B?
ADS-B is an FAA NextGen program designed to make airspace safer and more efficient. Is using ADS-B mandatory? Will your aircraft need to be equipped for ADS-B?
Company Profile: Fly With Amelia Foundation
The Fly With Amelia Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Colorado created by Amelia Rose Earhart, a pilot who happens to share the love of flight - and a name - with the legendary Amelia Earhart.
A Look at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, and all aviation enthusiasts typically have a fond admiration of Oshkosh, also known as EAA AirVenture. It's thought to be the best aviation event in the world. It's big. It's exciting. There's something for everyone. What's not to love?
Plane Spotting? What NOT to Do
There's really no right or wrong way to spot aircraft. There are, however, a few unwritten rules and guidelines for plane spotting. Here are a few of the do's and don'ts of the plane spotting world.
Aviation Mnemonics and Memory Aids
Pilots use mnemonics and other memory aids to remember checklists, procedures and action items at different phases of flight and for studying ground lessons.
ETOPS in a Nutshell
ETOPS stands for Extended Operations or Extended Twin Operations, and it describes a type of operation in which air carriers are allowed to fly an extended range over places where airports and landing areas are sparse, such as long routes over the ocean (although ETOPS is not limited to oceanic flights.)
How do I equip my aircraft for ADS-B?
Learn how to equip your aircraft for ADS-B according the the FAA's final rule, which requires all aircraft operating in designated airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out capabilities.
Aviation Safety Information Analysis and...
In 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a program called Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing, or ASIAS. The program is meant to be a central hub for data sharing among industry members, including airlines and other operators, the FAA and NTSB.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
The National Transportation Safety Board is a government organization in the United States that is responsible for investigating transportation accidents and promoting safety across all aspects of transportation.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Deliveries Delayed Again
Boeing says that first deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner have been delayed again for the sixth time since the revolutionary new airliner was introduced. Deliveries are now set to begin early next years, early enough to beat the competing Airbus A350 to market, but not soon enough for Boeing's anxious customers.
Scoot: Asia's Newest Low-Cost Airline
Following in the footsteps of flailing Air Asia X, the newest air carrier to emerge is Scoot, a low-cost airline flying under parent company Singapore Airlines.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 737 MAX
Since the first Boeing 737 aircraft was flown in the late 1960s, it has proven itself over and over again as the most popular airliner ever. The latest model, the Boeing 737 MAX, is part of Boeing's Next Generation 737 aircraft group, and is meant to be the most efficient single-aisle airplane on the market.
Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is perhaps the most valuable tool for pilots today. Currently, it is the most precise location-providing service that is available in North America.
Aircraft Structure and Components
The basic structure and components of an airplane are explained, including the fuselage, wings, horizontal stabilizer and powerplant, along with structure materials and frame design.
Learner-Centered Grading and the Flight...
Maneuvers-based evaluations have been the focus of the FAA’s Practical Test Standards for decades. Now the industry has come to realize that decision-making and resource management are perhaps the most important tools an instructor can arm a student pilot with.
Airline Passenger Complaints Skyrocket
Despite service improvements and stronger customer protection rules, passenger complaints against scheduled airlines skyrocketed in August. What can we do to improve relations with our customers? And do most carriers care enough to do something about it?
Farnborough International Airshow
As airshows go, the Farnborough International Airshow is one of the finest. The Farnborough International Airshow is a massive aviation expo and airshow held in England every two years.
Amelia Earhart: The Castaway Theory
There are two main theories surrounding Amelia Earhart's disappearance: Amelia either ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean, or she landed safely on an island and lived as a castaway for a short time.
Airport Emergency Plans (AEPs)
An AEP is always being revised. One of the things that helps managers and coordinators to develop the best possible plan is to practice the plan over and over again, exhausting different scenarios and utilizing all available resources to make sure all parties know their role in the event that an emergency occurs. Page 2.
Aviation Medical Exams: Medical Certification...
There's no clear answer to whether you can fly after having multiple alcohol-related infractions on your record. The FAA is clear that substance abuse is a disqualifying condition, but many disqualifying conditions have special considerations and the FAA will review your application.
Spring Maintenance for Your Airplane
Aircraft owners should practice good aircraft maintenance all the time. This list will help you get your airplane ready for summer flying, and offers some advice for successful aircraft maintenance planning.
Definition: Aircraft Accident
The term 'aircraft accident' is defined in the Federal Aviation Regulations and is a useful and important definition when it comes to the aircraft accident investigation process. The definition of this and as other aviation-related definitions can be found in 14 CFR 830.2.
Company Profile: The Institute for Aerospace...
The Institute for Aerospace Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, resources and opportunities to young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a focus on creating aviation and aerospace career pathways.
Hawker 400XP Production Suspended
Hawker Beechcraft has suspended production of the Hawker 400XP light jet. The troubled manufactured is struggling to cope with declining demand for its aircraft.
Company Profile: Women in Aviation, International
Only about four percent of ATP-rated pilots are female. The number of women in aviation is improving, though, with the help of one major nonprofit organization: Women in Aviation, International.
FAA: Airline Passengers Can Use Electronic...
In a highly-anticipated move, the FAA said on October 31st that they've issued new guidance for electronic devices in flight that no longer requires passengers to turn off their personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing.
A Complete Guide to Aviation Gifts
Here's an entire gift guide for various types of aviation fans. Here, you'll find over 50 aviation gift ideas for flight instructors, airline pilots, aircraft owners and even the plain old aviation enthusiast!
Aviation Acronyms
A comprehensive list of aviation acronyms and their corresponding meanings.
Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS)
Designed cooperatively by Honeywell and Safran, the Electric Green Taxiing System would create a way for pilots to reverse an airplane using cockpit controls. Along with fuel savings and fewer emissions, the taxiing system would save time and extend engine life.
Aviation and Aerospace Job Sites
Check out these on-line sites for aviation and aerospace employment. Some are free, others charge to subscribe, but all have positions for people of all experience levels and skills. Companies are hiring - good luck!
The Flight Management System (FMS)
An aircraft's flight management system (FMS) system can easily calculate alternate airports, holding patterns and estimated time enroute, drastically reducing the workload of pilots.
Southwest to Acquire AirTran for \$1.4b
Southwest says it will acquire AirTran in a deal valued at $1.4 billion.
Terror at LAX: Gunman Shoots TSA Agents
On November 1, 2013, 23-year-old Paul Ciancia walked into the Los Angeles International Airport and opened fire on Transportation Security Administration employees near a security checkpoint area. He then continued through the airport, causing chaos and inciting terror inside the gate area of Terminal 3.
10 Fantastic Aviation Finds from Etsy.com
The WWII radial piston iphone dock makes a great gift for a pilot or aviation enthusiast.
Profile: Space Shuttle Discovery
NASA's third orbiter, the space shuttle Discovery, (OV-103)launched its first mission in August of 1984. Since then, it's flown over 30 research and crew missions with NASA.
What is ACARS?
A datalink system that allows aircraft to communicate with ground systems digitally while in flight, ACARS has proven to be a reliable tool, making flight safer and more efficient.
Aircraft Profile: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird holds the record for the fastest operational military jet in the world. Here's a look at its design, specifications and where you can find the remaining SR-71 aircraft today.

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