Archives: Pilot Proficiency

Confidence vs. Complacency

by Harold Green Recently, I was asked, “How does a pilot develop confidence in his/her piloting ability?” My answer is weak because everyone reacts differently and I am certainly not an expert, or anything remotely close to it, when it … Continue reading

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Traffic Patterns & Rube Goldberg

by Harold Green Some of us remember when the name Rube Goldberg conjured up visions of unduly complex contraptions designed to accomplish some simple task with a level of complexity that was mind-boggling. For example, to turn on a light … Continue reading

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Instrument Training For One & All

by Harold Green We have all heard, or even participated in, discussions as to whether or not an instrument rating is a good thing. For those whose flying requires them to be at a specific place at a specific time, … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, October/November 2015, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Perspective On Checklists

by Harold Green Over the years our safety record in general aviation has improved dramatically. I submit that one reason for this is the development and use of written checklists. There are checklists for pre-flight, starting engines, pre-taxi, taxi, pre-takeoff, … Continue reading

Posted in Aug/Sept 2015, Columns, Columns, Flight Safety, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Failures In The New World

by Harold Green This discussion is a continuation of previous articles dealing with the changes in training and operations brought about by the transition currently underway in general aviation. The increased capability in avionics and aircraft offer tremendous potential for … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, June/July 2015, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Emergency or Just A Nail Biter?

by Harold Green As aircraft performance and avionics technology forge ahead, we are confronted with training challenges to ensure that both new and experienced pilots can keep up with both airplanes and avionics as they change. As an added concern, … Continue reading

Posted in April/May 2015, Columns, Columns, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Why & How To Avoid Aircraft Icing

by Greg Gorak, CFII This seems like an excellent time of the year to talk about icing. When I started my career as a charter pilot in a Merlin III, I served my apprenticeship as copilot to a wonderful 24-year-old … Continue reading

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FAA Pilot Currency Rules & Regulations

by Harold Green, CFII I was recently asked what it takes to stay current according to the FAA. My immediate reaction was: “That’s simple.” Well, no it really isn’t. Just like most things in flying, staying  current has become more … Continue reading

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The Annual Pilgrimage To AirVenture – Good For GA & You & Me!

by Harold Green EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, also known as “Oshkosh,” took place this year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 28 thru August 3, 2014, as it has each summer since the early 1960s. In the early years the fly-in convention was … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, Dec 2014/Jan 2015, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Minimizing The Cost Of Instrument Training – Part II

by Harold Green This is the second of two articles intended to assist aspiring instrument pilots shorten their training time and hence safely reduce costs. The first article discussed pilot skills in flying the airplane. In this article, ways to … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, October/November 2014, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment