Transponder Phraseology?
Apr06

Transponder Phraseology?

Report Text: I called ATC asking for a Basic Service. I was given the QNH which I entered into my altimeter; Sky Demon and GPS confirmed the same altitude – 2400ft. After approximately 4 minutes I was called by  ATC warning me that I was about to enter their controlled airspace at 2600ft! (controlled airspace minimum 2500ft.) I informed them that my instruments confirmed that my altitude was 2400ft. ATC asked to change to Mode...

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Busy Flight, Distractions, Minus Landing Checks
Apr03

Busy Flight, Distractions, Minus Landing Checks

After flying to another airfield, where the pilot flying had just revalidated an instrument rating, the pilot and examiner returned towards the base airfield for the pilot to complete a multi-engine proficiency check. The check concluded at the base where a number of circuits were to be flown. Downwind on the final circuit, the aircraft was configured for a simulated asymmetric approach and landing, with intermediate flaps selected...

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Left-hand & Right-hand Seat Differences
Apr03

Left-hand & Right-hand Seat Differences

A qualified pilot was receiving instruction on flying from the right seat in a single engine Cessna aircraft. The first approach to land resulted in a go-around because aircraft was too high and slow. During the latter part of the second circuit, the airspeed fluctuated and the instructor prompted the pilot several times when the instructor saw the speed reducing towards the targeted minimum. At 20-30 feet and with a low power...

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Short-field landing instruction led to nosewheel collapse
Apr02

Short-field landing instruction led to nosewheel collapse

The student pilot was being taught short field landing techniques, using flaps set to 30° but, during the first approach to the grass runway, a high rate of descent developed shortly before touchdown so the instructor took control and went around. Following an in flight re-brief, the student’s second approach was better until approximately 30ft agl when idle power was selected, with the result that the nose pitched down and the...

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First Drone-Caused Aircraft Accident?!
Mar25

First Drone-Caused Aircraft Accident?!

According to media reports, a helicopter crashed near Charleston South Carolina, whilst avoiding a drone. If these reports prove to be accurate, this will be the first drone-related aircraft accident. It is reported that the helicopter was involved in an instructional flight when, “a white ‘DJI Phantom quad-copter drone’ came close to the helicopter.” The instructor took control of the helicopter and attempted to avoid the drone, but...

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Achtung Mobile Phone: Loose Objects
Mar14

Achtung Mobile Phone: Loose Objects

I was several hours into a tail-wheel conversion course with my instructor at my flying club. During taxi to the runway hold point we heard a ‘thump’ in the aircraft. My mobile phone had fallen out of my back pocket and onto the floor space at the instructor’s feet (the seating configuration of this aircraft type means the occupants sit in front/behind each other rather than side by side). The instructor picked up...

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