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10 Things You Never Learned in Flight School


Flight Instructor ACS Updates and Recommendations Mike shared more about the Flight Instructor Airman Certification Standards (ACS), which would not affect current knowledge tests. He presented several changes to the flight instructor curriculum, including the reintroduction of two versions of slow flight maneuvering, the acceptance of electronic navigation for cross-country planning, and a revised risk management section. Mike also outlined new techniques in aviation that would significantly improve flying skills and hinted at a segment on the ACS in the following week's meeting. Addressing Flight Planning and Aviation Training The complexities of flight planning questions, highlighting the inaccuracies and unnecessary procedures in current aviation practices was discussed. Mike noted that the FAA handbooks lack certain important details, such as the reason for entering steep spirals in an aircraft and how to manage bank angles during these maneuvers. Mike also expressed skepticism about the necessity of flying the plane over a certain manifold pressure and RPM, referring to it as "over squaring." He emphasized the importance of experience and the need for more accurate aviation training. Flight Instructor Observations and Improvements Mike then discussed observations on the strengths and weaknesses of flight instructors, emphasizing the importance of clear concept definition and first-principle teaching. The was an emphasis made on rote memorization and paper flight planning logs, advocating instead for a systems approach to the emergency checklist and a quick pre-flight weather briefing. The suggestion of mastering fundamental flying skills, such as cross-country flight planning, and discouraged the over-reliance on electronic flight planning tools at the expense of basic navigation principles. We believe that flying should be accessible to all, requiring only a sound understanding of tools and the ability to make informed decisions.

ADS-B Importance and Redundancy Discussion

Disscussion of the importance and application of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in aviation.

ADS-B is required in certain areas, such as: Class B airspace and above, and within 12 nautical miles of US coastlines. Mike emphasized that ADS-B provides valuable information for weather decision-making and situational awareness. He also demonstrated how to use ADS-B in conjunction with synthetic vision systems for enhanced situational awareness. Finally, Mike stressed the importance of having backup systems and ensuring redundancy, recommending the use of an SOP for setting up these systems. Aviation Timing, Technique, and Landing Challenges

Mike underscored the significance of precise timing and technique in aviation, particularly in relation to aircraft descent and landing. He explained the challenges of identifying the appropriate moment to begin descending and how to adjust the airspeed and power accordingly. Mike emphasized the importance of using visual cues for guidance during descent and the role of the wind in determining the descent path. He also stressed the necessity of accurate airplane aiming and speed control during landing, including adhering to speed limits and adjusting the plane's speed, pitch, and power to achieve the desired outcome.

Understanding Systems for Emergency Checklists

Emphasization of the need for a better understanding of systems when using the emergency checklist, rather than just following the steps blindly. The pointed of importance - knowing the corrective actions, the effects of different actions, and the potential consequences of not correctly following the checklist. Mike also discussed the appropriate use of the checklist and demonstrated how it can be applied in real-life situations, such as dealing with carburetor ice during a flight. He highlighted that a systems approach to the emergency checklist can improve situational awareness and decision-making in emergencies. Enhancing Safety, Weather, and Controller Communication

The importance of remembering key safety-related items from the GA checklist and using abbreviated briefings for weather information to save time was focused upon. Mike recommended utilizing aviation-specific weather sources like GFA and Foreflight for better presentation of information and using the 4 flight profile view for risk management and weather decision-making. It was also mentioned that the detailed the expectations of controllers from pilots, including clear communication, timely responses, and a professional demeanor. Mike highlighted the need for a clear and efficient communication system for safe flying Improving Crosswind Landings and Alignment

It was then explained in-depth on improving crosswind landings, stressing the importance of maintaining the center line and parallel alignment with the runway. We discourage reliance on the ball indicator and encouraged developing a keen sense of balance in the cockpit. The point was also made that a comprehensive guide on the proper use of aircraft controls, particularly wing leveling, rudder use, and coordination techniques.

The hour long lesson concluded the session by emphasizing the importance of practice and providing resources for further learning...

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