New rules requiring FAA IR conversion to EASA IR

FAA IR Conversion to EASA IR. There are quite a few pilots resident in EASA land who fly “N” registered aircraft IFR on their FAA IR licences. Very soon they will need to obtain an EASA IR in order to continue operating as they have. This ruling has been...

The landing is not over until the aircraft stops

The landing is not over until the aircraft stops. How often have you heard that? So when do after landing checks get done? That’s right, once the aeroplane is clear of the runway and stopped. Don’t go retracting the flaps, switching off systems or lights as you roll...

cockpit management

• In the course of training and examining I often come across pilots who do not get things done in a timely manner. Take the situation where a pilot is in receipt of vectors for an approach. I regularly see that the avionics are left in Navigation mode, either GPS or...

Pre take off briefs

• I sit and listen to many pre take off briefs and the one thing that comes up almost every time is the use of the term “emergency”. As a professional I like to think I train for as many eventualities as I can envisage, I feel the term emergency suggests panic and so...

When was the last time you made a perfect flight?

For those of you who believe you have, leave now, aviation does not have room for the infallible. For the rest of you, this is how I try to advise students and test applicants not to dwell on errors. “Its not the mountain you just missed you need to worry about,...