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Tony Birth
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7 THINGS EVERY PILOT SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN FLYING CROSS-COUNTRY
Acknowledgements:
Spidertracks Flying cross-country can be a pretty daunting experience,
especially in busy airspace areas – but with the right planning and
preparation, anyone can do it. In 2015 Spidertracks’ US Sales Manager Jerry Lee
completed a one-mill...

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20 TIPS FOR VFR FLYING
Acknowledgements: Bill Cox
(Plane & Pilot) VFR flying can be more difficult than
you might imagine, so here’s a series of suggestions to make it easier,
safer and more fun. 1. Resist the temptation to fly direct on GPS. Rather, put together a flight
plan to...

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PILOT COMPETENCE (Part 5)
Acknowledgements: CAA Skyway Code 2017 DECISION MAKING Good decision making is one of
the first lines of defence against risk since it allows for risks to be avoided
or mitigated, rather than relying purely on skill or luck to manage them. There
is a large ...

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PILOT COMPETENCE (Part 4)
Acknowledgements: CAA Skyway Code 2017 PRE-FLIGHT PREPARATION     PLAN TO AVOID INFRINGEMENTS When flying a route close to controlled airspace, there are
a number of steps you can take to avoid becoming one of the hundreds of pilots who infringe controlled ...

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PILOT COMPETENCE (Part 3)
Acknowledgements: CAA Skyway Code 2017 MAINTAINING SKILLS Guidance  The average GA pilot only flies about 30 hours per year.
Most would admit to not always finding this enough to maintain proficiency in
their chosen aircraft. While it may be sufficient for ...

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PILOT COMPETENCE (Part 2)
Acknowledgements: CAA Skyway Code 2017 PILOT FITNESS A large number of aviation accidents identify pilot
fatigue or medical factors as contributory. Pilots often get away with flying in
a less than optimal physical and mental condition, but it can have a cr...

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PILOT COMPETENCE (Part 1)
Acknowledgements: CAA Skyway Code 2017 ATTITUDES T here are a few specific attitudes that have been
consistently identified as being factors in poor decision making and the cause
of accidents: ·   Anti-authority – aviation regulations sometimes have (occasi...

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THE MOST USEFUL INSTRUMENTS IN YOUR COCKPIT
Acknowledgements: THE UK CAA’S AIRPROX
SAFETY MAGAZINE 2017 Every
year there’s an increase in Airprox occurrences as the better weather arrives.
It’s probably no coincidence; those who aren’t hardy winter flyers get back
into the cockpit, perhaps a little r...

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SPATIAL DISORIENTATION
(Acknowledgements: GOLDI PRODUCTIONS Ltd.) Most
problems related to disorientation can be traced to the inner ear, a sensory
organ about the size of an eraser on a pencil. The
inner ear is similar to a three-axis gyro. It detects movement in the roll,
pitch...
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