Archives: Pilot Proficiency

Accident Rate vs. Advanced Avionics

by Harold Green Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 Recently, concern has been expressed that technically advanced avionics – including autopilots – may not have produced a significant reduction in general aviation accident rates. Nonetheless, there has been … Continue reading

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Getting Pilot Proficient At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

by Harold Green Published in Midwest Flyer – Oct/Nov 2016 This year I decided to look at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as a source of educational opportunities and attempt to gain some insight into the reactions of people in attendance. First, … Continue reading

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Keeping Ahead of the Proficiency Curve

by Harold Green We pilots tend to like lots of communication and navigation equipment in our airplanes. The more the merrier. Redundancy has become a catch phrase and is considered good, and for good reason. Then there seems to be … Continue reading

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The Well-Grounded Pilot

by Harold Green Virtually every student pilot has asked, “Why do I have to learn ground reference maneuvers?” The other day, while staring out the window as my student attempted to turn a lopsided ellipse into a circle with a … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, June/July 2016, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I Get The Darndest Questions

by Harold Green Sometimes I get the darnedest questions. One of the latest was, “How do you handle the situation when the person you are flying with is doing something you think is not safe?” That, at least, was food … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Columns, Columns, February/March 2016, Pilot Proficiency | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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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

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