VOR Navigation: A Worthy Backup

VOR Navigation: A Worthy Backup

You’ve just finished washing your hands as you step over and wave them in front of the paper towel dispenser. It remains motionless. You wave again, but nothing happens. Maybe tap on it? That didn’t work. Ok, now you step back, walk forward again and try...
Pilotage & Dead Reckoning

Pilotage & Dead Reckoning

“Hey Siri, set a timer for 14 minutes.” Out of all the high tech stuff that can be done today, I’m always the most amused that when I put my eggs on to boil every morning, I can speak that statement out loud and then my phone, which is across the...
Forward Slips vs. Side Slips

Forward Slips vs. Side Slips

Nowadays, I drink my coffee without any sugar in it. A little cream and I’m good to go. That wasn’t always the case, though. I’m not sure the age that most folks start drinking coffee, but I remember a coffee experience as far back as 7th grade. I...
Don’t Forget Your GUMPS Check

Don’t Forget Your GUMPS Check

I’m happy to say that I’ve never landed with my gear up. Of course that’s not surprising considering that that I’ve only flown fixed gear aircraft up to this point. The closest I’ve been was a simulated experience. After completing the...
The Cessna 172 Electrical System

The Cessna 172 Electrical System

I remember being told that the airplane was equipped with a 28 volt, direct current, alternator driven electrical system. “Is that good?” I thought, as a student pilot without a background in mechanical stuff. It could have been a 1.21 gigawatts electrical...