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 different...

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 room, responds with,...

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 was on a mission...

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 oral portion of a flight review...

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 system and...

Cessna 172 Flight Simulator Departure

In our last Clayviation YouTube session, we began a multi-part series showing each phase of a short cross country flight. We began in Smyrna, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, and started up the engine. This week, we are going to show the taxi, engine run up and...

Engine Startup In A Cessna 172

I sat in the cockpit, looking over the engine cowling, watching the mechanic as he worked his magic. "Okay try it now," he called, stepping away from the airplane. I ran through the checklist. "Mixture rich, carb heat cold, throttle open a quarter inch." I finished...