An Exercise To Develop Your Situational Awareness

An Exercise To Develop Your Situational Awareness

I like to think of myself as a “defensive driver.” When I get to a four way stop, and I stop, I don’t just glance around and go again. What if someone coming from another direction fails to stop? That means I’m getting hit. Sure, it’s not...
Return To Home: An Unmanned Emergency

Return To Home: An Unmanned Emergency

An alarm was blaring.  It was loud and unfamiliar.  My drone was well out over the lake, a couple hundred feet high.  I was standing on the shore, trying to make an immediate assessment of what was going on.  I’m used to hearing a low battery warning.  I have...
When The Norm Becomes The Abnorm

When The Norm Becomes The Abnorm

If you’ve been flying for much time at all, you’ve probably noticed that a significant portion of flight training is dedicated to handling deviations from the norm (or the “abnorm” as I have coined it).  A classic example is when your...
The Simple Magic of Gyroscopic Precession

The Simple Magic of Gyroscopic Precession

Some of the concepts that we have to grasp in aviation are fairly straightforward. If you nose the plane over towards the ground, you tend to speed up. Wind blows you sideways, so you have to correct for that drift by adjusting your heading into the wind. These...