Understanding the Minimum Equipment List (MEL)

Minimum Equipment List
Excerpt from a MEL

The Minimum Equipment List, or MEL, is often a confusing concept for student pilots. As well as having a misleading name, many student pilots do not encounter the MEL in real life as more often than not trainer aircraft do not have them. However, understanding the MEL and how it features in the regulations is essential learning for those working towards their pilot certificate.

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Know your POH, folks!

I am a regular lurker on /r/flying over on reddit, and today I read a scary story about a pilot experiencing an apparent engine failure in a Cessna 172. Fortunately, the emergency ended as well as they can, with the pilot achieving a normal landing at a closed airfield – with no damage to the plane or its occupants.

Although it must have been a frightening experience, the pilot kept his cool and lived to fly another day. However, things could have easily turned catastrophic, as with any power loss event. Reading through the thread, it became apparent that this was an easily avoidable incident, caused by pilot error, that could have cost him his life. Continue reading “Know your POH, folks!”