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The “six pack” flight instruments: pitot-static

Flight instruments on a Cessna 172

Let’s do a review of the six main flight instruments:  Detail is provided, of course, there is so much more we can add here!  The most important and basic flight instruments have remained the same for a long period of time, and are called the ‘six pack’.  Three of them are connected to the static port system which measures outside ...

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Slow Flight – more detail on slow flight techniques

I talked with my instructor last night and he brought up a few very good points about slow flight. In my post about slow flight in the Cessna 172 I wrote that there are five signs that we can identify we are in slow flight; Stall horn cutting in and out low airspeed high nose attitude high power settings sloppy ...

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The Soft Field Procedure

Before I learned precautionary and forced approaches, I learned about soft field landings.  Here my account of the experience, and why soft fields are important and should be practiced regularly. When will we use a soft field landing? If we are planning to land on an unprepared surface. We also need to know the technique if we need to make ...

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The Forced Approach and Landing

Forced Landing of TACA Airlines Flight 110. Image Courtesy of airliners.net

So now that we know about the precautionary procedure, what happens if we have NO engine power? We plan a forced landing! The image above shows an actual forced landing of a Boeing 737 jet. TACA Airlines Flight 110 lost power in both engines and successfully glided and landed on an unprepared, makeshift field (image courtesy of airliners.net). Is planning ...

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Precautionary Landings

Starting Point for Precautionary Landing. Image Courtesy of Langley Flying School.

Preparing for a precautionary landing My next series of flights gets me out of the circuit and back into the practice area where I am learning how to do a precautionary landing. Why do we need to learn this? There are a number of reasons.  You may have a sick passenger on board, the weather may be a cause of ...

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Slow Flight

Slow Flight. Image courtesy of gauravteneja.com.

Why do we need to learn slow flight? Because we are really close slow flight whenever we are landing and taking off, and we need to know how the airplane “feels” to operate at such low speeds. We don’t want to be in slow flight during these phases, so we want to know how to avoid it.  Also, we pass ...

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