Twin Proficiency

Twin Proficiency: Departure Control

Twin Proficiency: Departure Control

Focus the same amount of care and attention to a low-visibility departure as you do an instrument approach. From an NTSB Preliminary Report: A Cessna Citation 525 (CJ4) was destroyed in a collision with Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from runway 24R at the Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL), Cleveland, Ohio. The pilot and five passengers Read More

Reading Between the Logbook Lines

Reading Between the Logbook Lines

The real meaning behind the words “Maintenance,” “Inspection” and “Repair.” Three Airworthiness Responsibilities Maintenance is something actively done to maintain airworthiness before something breaks. Maintenance cannot usually be put off until the next annual inspection (although some maintenance functions are routinely re-done as part of an annual). Inspection is done to confirm that the maintenance Read More

Twin Proficiency: Missed Approach: The First 400 Feet

Twin Proficiency: Missed Approach: The First 400 Feet

300 feet to go…hand on the throttles (you’re going to have to pull them back if you see the runway, or push them forward if you don’t). 200 to go…localizer centered, glideslope centered. 100 to go…still nothing but gray outside. Missed approach point: no runway environment in sight, miss the approach…. You’ve now entered what is Read More

Twin Proficiency: Night Risk Management

Twin Proficiency: Night Risk Management

It’s the time of year when you are more likely to be flying in the dark. Objectively, it shouldn’t make much difference, especially if you’re flying IFR—just fly the procedures and keep your eyes on the instruments, and you should be all right. The record shows, however, that the rate of accidents at night is Read More

Twin Proficiency: The Second Most  Important Checklist

Twin Proficiency: The Second Most Important Checklist

Often, single-pilot operators don’t use checklists like pilots of crew-type airplanes. Yet the reason checklists exist is to ensure that nothing is forgotten, that the airplane is fully configured for the current or next phase of flight. With no First Officer acting as a backup and quality control, the Captain of a single-pilot airplane is Read More