From the Flightdeck – James McBride
Jul10

From the Flightdeck – James McBride

Stable Approach From my position, sitting behind the two pilots making their approach to land, I could see that things were not going well. The B737 was well above the glideslope, not yet configured for the final descent and with way too much energy. The airspeed was eye-wateringly high and they were only just inside the limit speeds to deploy the flaps. Needless to say, as their instructor I was more than a little curious about how...

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Unexpected problems for students
Jun12

Unexpected problems for students

After you’ve been instructing for a while, it can become fairly routine for most of the time. You give pretty much the same briefings for each flight exercise, although you may adapt them a little to suit the individual student. And, especially in the early stages of flying training, teaching the actual exercises is fairly similar with every student. For each manoeuvre, you go over what to do, you demonstrate, then you let the student...

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UK CAA Allow Portable ADS-B Operation
Jan27

UK CAA Allow Portable ADS-B Operation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has cleared portable Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices to transmit ADS-B data on 1090MHz, when carried in an aircraft also operating a 1090MHz transponder, including Modes A, C, and S. The clearance was notified in an Air Information Circular (AIC 141/2019) released on 19 December 2019. Aircraft transponders operate on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard frequency of...

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BGA Warn on Overflight of Winching Sites
Jan24

BGA Warn on Overflight of Winching Sites

The British Gliding Association (BGA) have launched an awareness campaign to dissuade pilots from getting to close to glider sites where winch launching may be taking place and is currently working with other organisations to try to highlight the significant hazards associated with overflying winch launch gliding sites. As gliding clubs have reported a gradual increase in occurrences, since March 2019 the BGA have been collecting...

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Right-Hand Seat Flying with no Training
Oct17

Right-Hand Seat Flying with no Training

Report Text: Towards the start of February, a newly qualified friend and I decided to take our C150 to a shortish grass strip. My friend who had only received his licence a few weeks prior was Captain/PIC and wanted to practise some short field landings and we chose the best location for it -a 700m well-kept strip with hedges at either end of the runway. The flight to the airfield was uneventful, the weather was perfect VFR and...

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8.33kHz Radio Concerns
Oct15

8.33kHz Radio Concerns

Report Text: This is not an incident report but a general observation in response to a number of reports of 8.33 radios being operated incorrectly. My club has three aircraft and as a result of EU rulemaking we now have five different radios in the fleet and two different transponders. The new radios are significantly more difficult to operate than their predecessors. Some have a system where the rotary knob changes all three...

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