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  1. I have spent the last couple of days getting the Resources, Tutorials and Aircraft sections all looking, in my opinion, absolutely incredible...these sections are looking cosmetically really appealing, easy to use and ready for an abundance of great material all making the site a comprehensive "resource" for all aviators. The Resources section has at this stage a full online working copy of an E6B and a comprehensive weather tool full of links to all the pertinent weather information you need The Tutorials section has had some great "How To Read" tutorials added coverin
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    One of aviation’s endearing characteristics involves the abundant myths surrounding aircraft operation: Do this, that or some other thing and your airplane will carry more, fly faster on less fuel and land on a dime. Such myths are great hangar-flying fodder, but most of them fall down when confronted with the real world. One such myth involves “the step,” the mystical and mysterious airplane attitude that, when established only by virtue of a pilot’s superior skill and experience, allows a higher cruise speed. It can be second only to “lean of p
  3. Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) A TAF is a coded statement of meteorological conditions expected at an aerodrome and within a radius of five nautical miles of the aerodrome reference point. Explanation of TAF Elements Identifier and Description TAF - Aerodrome Forecast TAF AMD - Amended Aerodrome Forecast TAF COR - Corrected Aerodrome Forecast TAF .. CNL - Cancels Aerodrome Forecast TAF .. NIL - Aerodrome Forecast will not be issued PROV TAF - Provisional Aerodrome Forecast Location The location is given by either an ICAO location i
  4. SIGMETs are issued to provide urgent advice to aircraft of actual or expected weather developments or trends that are potentially hazardous. SIGMETs are issued to advise of the occurrence or expected occurrence of the following phenomena: Code and Description OBSC TS - Obscured thunderstorm(s) EMBD TS - Frequent thunderstorm(s) SQL TS - Squall line thunderstorms OBSC TSGR - Obscured thunderstorm(s) with hail EMBD TSGR - Embedded thunderstorm(s) with hail FRQ TSGR - Frequent thunderstorm(s) with hail SQL TSGR - Squall line thunderstorms
  5. METAR/SPECI A METAR is a routine report of meteorological conditions at an aerodrome. A SPECI is a special report of meteorological conditions, issued when one or more elements meet specified criteria significant to aviation. SPECI is also used to identify reports of observations recorded ten minutes following an improvement (in visibility, weather or cloud) to above SPECI conditions. Location The location is indicated by either the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) location indicator or another approved abbreviation. Da
  6. Area Forecasts For Operations At or Below 10,000 Feet The Area Forecast system is designed primarily to meet the needs of pilots of general aviation. There is an emphasis on plain language and brevity in a simple, easy to read format. The system provides for the routine issue of forecasts for designated areas (see map below) and the prompt issue of amendments when prescribed criteria are satisfied. More detail of the area forecast boundaries with place locations is contained in Airservices Australia's Planning Chart Australia (PCA). There may be variations in
  7. Birth of a NOTAM NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) starts life as messages on the Aeronautical Fixed System (AFS). They are received centrally from originators within your country and from foreign NOTAM offices. Staff check and edit the NOTAM if necessary and they are then placed in the transmit queue for transmission to all NOTAM recipients. These include ATC offices, some airlines, briefing services etc. There is no central world-wide NOTAM database, databases are built up individually by users from the incoming message stream. ICAO NOTAM format The format of NOTAM is defined
  8. This FAA handbook provides knowledge for earning the Aviation Maintenance Technician certificate, General section. The FAA General test questions are drawn from this book (FAA-H-8083-30A). Available in the Downloads section right here on Recreational Flying
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    This download forms a part of the John Brandon Flying Tutorials - Getting Started - 1.9 Owner-pilot maintenance of RA-Aus aircraft The Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – General was developed as one of a series of three handbooks for persons preparing for mechanic certification with airframe or powerplant ratings, or both. It is intended that this handbook will provide basic information on principles, fundamentals, and technical procedures in the subject matter areas common to both the airframe and powerplant ratings. Emphasis in this volume is on theory and methods of appl
  10. The first installment of John Brandon's Flying Tutorials titled "Getting Started" have been uploaded to the new Tutorials Section of the site. Overall John's tutorials contain: Getting Started Aviation meteorology Flight theory Flight planning & navigation VHF Radio communications Decreasing exposure to aerodynamic risk Coping with emergencies Airmanship and Safety Builders guide to safe aircraft materials Airmanship and safety: other online reading Powered recreational aviation legislation, CASA advisories and the enablin
  11. Sport and recreational aviation is no longer purely the realm of dedicated minimum aircraft afficionados but has matured into an authoritative industry, well endowed with professional aviation business people and a number of recreational aeroplane manufacturers in regional Australia. These manufacturers currently produce most of the Australian-made factory fly-away aeroplanes — civil or military. In addition they, and other producers, supply aircraft kits for the many home-building enthusiasts — both in Australia and overseas. At the same time there are many RA-Aus members who are exercising t
  12. 1.10.1 The Civil Aviation Act and the Regulations The aviation Acts Australian sport and recreational aviation, in common with all other forms of civil aviation, is subject to several levels of government regulations and rules. The primary legislative Acts are the Air Navigation Act 1920 which generally deals with Australia's international obligations in regard to international air transport in accordance with the 1944 Chicago Convention; and the Civil Aviation Act 1988, which latter is " ... an Act to establish a Civil Aviation Safety Authority [CASA] with functions relating to civil av
  13. 1.9.1 Accreditation of RA-Aus maintenance personnel Aircraft conforming to and operated in accordance with the Civil Aviation Orders CAO 95.10, CAO 95.55 and CAO 95.32 are exempt from those Civil Aviation Regulations listed in the CAOs. The exemptions include CAR Part 4A Maintenance so RA-Aus assumes responsibility for specifying the maintenance requirements for aircraft registered with the administration organisation and thus, has responsibility for accrediting suitably qualified and experienced individuals to conduct maintenance on RA-Aus aircraft. See the Technical Manual maintenance po
  14. 1.8.1 What is airmanship? The definition of airmanship is somewhat indistinct. With the introduction of computerised control systems, the application of airmanship is certainly more broadly based and complex now than 50 years ago. Some might say it involves pilot proficiency, flight discipline, aircraft system and airworthiness knowledge, and skill in resource management, plus being fully cognisant of every situation and exercising excellent judgement. A few years ago someone did say — in relation to the management of airline transport aircraft — airmanship is "the ability to act wisely in t
  15. 1.7.1 Post-certificate learning The airmanship learning curve follows two contiguous paths. One is the airworthiness path where knowledge is sought — and accumulated — of the engine, airframe, propeller, avionics and instruments for each aircraft type encountered plus the skills and procedures required to maintain and repair airframes, engines and componentry. Thus the pilot is always able to assure an aircraft she/he intends to fly is fit for the operation, without being totally reliant on the opinion of others. Many people find advancement along this path most satisfying because it may ev
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