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Pilot Speak: Facelift: Jeppesen SID/STAR Charts Having “A Little Work Done”

Instrument procedure charts are not the sole domain of Jeppesen (now a Boeing company). Various governmental agencies and private companies have produced competing charts for decades. Yet, Jeppesen (Jepp) charts have long been the gold standard in Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) procedure publications for turbine aircraft operators the world over. They’ve always presented the detailed…

Pilot Speak: Breaking Away from Runway Overruns – The FAA’s New Rules for Runway Condition and Braking Action

Pilot Speak: Breaking Away from Runway Overruns – The FAA’s New Rules for Runway Condition and Braking Action

There is a premise among professional pilots that some FAA rules are intentionally vague and often open to interpretation in order to provide operational flexibility (within reason). For years, such has been the case with runway condition assessments and braking action reports. For example, most pilots who have operated under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part…

Pilot Speak: Balancing Your Backups, Part 2

Pilot Speak: Balancing Your Backups, Part 2

In Part 1, the article left off with GPS failures that would affect both primary and secondary GPS units (such as failures related to shared antennas, identical software bugs, satellite outages, or the loss of shared power sources or cooling equipment). In such cases, being able to revert to “old school” forms of navigation can…

Pilot Speak: Balancing Your Backups

Pilot Speak: Balancing Your Backups

[Author’s Note: This two-part series will discuss a variety of navigation system failures and abnormalities, with ideas for training and handling them. While this installment will deal primarily with management of GPS abnormalities, the next installment will focus on the utilization of other navigation systems in GPS failure situations.] It was a blustery spring afternoon…

Pilot Speak: Airline Safety First!

Pilot Speak: Airline Safety First!

Using Airline Safety Techniques in GA Operations A hearty eye-roll is often the first reaction when it is suggested that general aviation pilots should apply “airline techniques” to their operations to improve safety. First of all, GA is so multi-faceted that lumping so many types of aviation into such a catch-all term is ridiculous.  How…