April 27, 2016 Leave a comment
Here’s a basic intentional spin in the Extra 300L. The camera shows the instruments in the front cockpit. Note the airspeed during the spin.
Every seat's a window seat on BruceAir
April 13, 2016 Leave a comment
The National Weather Service plans to drop ALL CAPS from some of its public forecast products. Alas, aviation reports and forecasts will continue to use the teletype-era format.
The NWS announcement is here. Excerpts:
April 11, 2016 LISTEN UP! BEGINNING ON MAY 11, NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU…
Better late than never, but the slow change was not for lack of trying. The National Weather Service has proposed to use mixed-case letters several times since the 1990s, when widespread use of the Internet and email made teletype obsolete. In fact, in web speak, use of capital letters became synonymous with angry shouting. However, it took the next 20 years or so for users of Weather Service products to phase out the last of the old equipment that would only recognize teletype…
Certain forecast products with international implications, such as aviation and shipping, will continue to use upper case letters, per international agreements that standardize weather product formats across national borders. [Emphasis added]
April 10, 2016 1 Comment
Many pilots like to have PDF copies of the handbooks for the avionics installed in their aircraft or for reference when considering upgrades. As a flight instructor, I fly a variety of aircraft, so I keep PDFs of the pilot’s guides and cockpit references for many GPS navigators, autopilots, and other avionics on my iPad for quick reference when working with customers—and in the cockpit, as noted in AC 91-78. (The Documents feature in ForeFlight is handy way to keep these items organized and available.)
To save you the trouble of tracking down references, I keep PDF versions of the handbooks for many popular avionics in my Aviation Documents folder at OneDrive, ready for you to download. But to ensure that you always get the latest (or, if necessary, earlier versions of the manuals), visit the manufacturers’ websites.
Most avionics manufactures provide free PDF versions of their handbooks on their websites. But sometimes navigating those websites to find the references can be daunting. Here’s a quick guide to finding the handbooks for the popular Garmin GTN 750 Touchscreen GPS/Nav/Comm/MFD. You can follow a similar process to locate the handbooks for other Garmin products or the references for products sold by other avionics manufacturers.
You can find handbooks for other popular avionics at the following manufacturers’ websites. If the name of the manufacturer you’re interested in doesn’t appear in the following list, Google is your friend:
Start at the main Garmin website, www.garmin.com. In the search box in the upper-right corner, type gtn 750 (or the name of any other Garmin product).
In the list of the search results, click the name of the product you’re interested in.
On the product page, click Manuals.
When the Manuals page appears, click Appliance Data in the Choose product version drop-down box. (Why Garmin chose Appliance Data as the name for this option is any engineer’s guess.)
A list of all of the handbooks and references for the GTN 750 appears. Choose the document you want to download, and copy the PDF to your device. Repeat the download step as often as necessary to collect all the documents you want. Note the revision dates and revision letters to ensure that you copy the documents that correspond to the system software installed in the units installed in your airplane.