Episode 7 – Takeoffs and Landings

plane spokenIn Episode 7, we venture into the word of takeoffs and landings. Do you know your short fields from your soft fields? Your Vx from your Vy?

Listen to find out my top tips for making that perfect landing, and how to gain those stick and rudder skills you’ll need to pull it off.

I also share some exciting news about my private pilot checkride. Enjoy! Please email any questions to planespokenpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 6 – Steam Gauges (aka The Six Pack)

plane spokenIn Episode 6, I explain the six main flight instruments that make up the classic ‘six pack’. I explain what each instrument shows you. I go into the basics of how each instrument works, and the inherent limitations of the instruments that every student pilot should know.
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AIRMETs and SIGMETs

AIRMET chart
Example AIRMET chart from aviationweather.gov

All pilots should be very familiar with the meaning of AIRMET and SIGMET – they both represent warnings of conditions which could threaten the safety of flight. Find out what they mean and why it is important to understand them in this quick introductory guide.

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Review: The Complete Private Pilot (Book)

The Complete Private Pilot (Bob Gardner) is the book I used to prepare me for my flight lessons, knowledge test, and oral portion of the checkride. It is an accessible book which walks you through each of the major learning topics you need, taking you by the hand and leading you from zero knowledge to an excellent, rounded understanding of the basics in twelve easy-to-digest chapters. Read on to find out why I recommend this book, even if you haven’t yet decided that learning to fly is right for you.  Continue reading “Review: The Complete Private Pilot (Book)”

Aircraft stalls – do you really understand them?

airflow around stalled airfoil
Credit: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), resized

Aircraft stalls are one of the most misunderstood phenomena of aerodynamics amongst student pilots. In fact, even qualified pilots often struggle to truly understand the aerodynamic stall. Read on to dispel the myths and gain a solid understanding of this important concept. Continue reading “Aircraft stalls – do you really understand them?”