retractable landing gear explained
Aircraft

Retractable Landing Gear Explained

Even the Wright Brothers knew that planes needed some way to reduce friction while on the ground to enable roll out and flight. The easiest solution for this problem are wheels that are low enough to keep the propeller from impacting the ground while the plane is taking off or landing. The earliest planes had Read More…

ford trimotor
Aviation History

Ford Trimotor: 10 Fast Facts

The Ford Trimotor was one of the first large passenger planes, and proved its worth with its simplicity, ruggedness, and reliability. Nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” the Trimotor first flew in 1925, and served in constant use for over 60 years. For such a limited production run, the Ford Trimotor has a lot of interesting facts Read More…

types of hypoxia
Training

4 Types of Hypoxia Explained

There are many physiological factors to consider as a pilot, and one in particular can be as insidious as it can be deadly: Hypoxia. Hypoxia is medical jargon for “lack of oxygen.” While the cells in our body can die without enough oxygen, the most immediate threat is the effect Hypoxia has on the brain Read More…

atc light gun signals explained
Training

Light Gun Signals Explained

Most flights go smoothly, without issues. However, mechanical devices have their limits, and sometimes electrical components, like radios, fail. What happens if you fly out of a towered airport, but your radio fails? Are you able to get back to the airport without communications? What if your radio is broken, but your airport doesn’t have Read More…

left turning tendencies explained
Aircraft

Left Turning Tendencies Explained

I recall reading an article in AOPA magazine titled NASCAR drivers fly too! The article went on to discuss how a lot of NASCAR drivers also have pilot certificates. This didn’t surprise me. Why is that? Because flying airplanes can be similar to driving in NASCAR. One of those similarities involves the tendency to make Read More…