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Flight Planning

Aircraft Flight Planning

Preparing for a flight encompasses a multitude of tasks for the pilot in command. From obtaining and interpreting the latest NOTAMs and weather reports, to selecting the route on aviation maps. He must also calculate airplane performance which depends on the weight, outside air conditions and runway characteristics. The pilot must know it all and be proficient with these tasks.

Below we have a selection of articles helping the pilot with his job of safely flying the cargo to their destination.

Flight Planning Sections




Flight Planning Sections

General Flight Planning

Route planning and selection, looking ahead checking the weather and preparing the navigation logs are skills every pilot needs to master, and remain proficient at. This section helps with these basic skills. Aviation calculations and conversion factors are also available.

  • VFR Route Selection
  • Weather Planning
  • Navigation Flight Log
  • Flight Information
  • Airport Information
  • Aeronautical Publications
  • Aviation Calculations
  • Conversion Factors

Aircraft Navigation

During flight the pilot uses several means to navigate to the destination. Compass and clock, radio and satellite based systems are available today. To be assured of good reception during IFR flight static wicks are used to dissipate static charges from the aircraft.

  • Aviation & Time
  • Compass Navigation
  • Basic Navigation Skills
  • VOR/DME Navigation
  • ADF/NDB Navigation
  • Area Navigation
  • Static Discharge Wicks

Weight & Balance

A safe flight begins with weighing the crew, passengers and their baggage, cargo and fuel required. Making sure that the aircraft is not overweight and in balance is one of the important duties of the pilot in command.

  • Weight & Balance
  • Weight Shifting & Payload
  • Terminology
  • Performance Checklists
  • WX / Diversion Checklists

Pre-flight Inspection

Before the flight commences the PIC must make sure that the aircraft is airworthy, here we present some tips when performing the so called walk around and items to look for during aircraft inspection.

  • Pre-flight Inspection

Fuel Management

Before the flight the crew calculates the amount of fuel needed and the legal reserves and they must keep an eye on fuel consumption during the flight.

  • Fuel Management
  • Fuel Quantity
  • Onboard Fuel
  • Fuel Consumption

Range & Endurance Flying

By setting the proper power settings the aircraft can be flown efficiently, lower its fuel consumption and fly with minimum cost for the operator.

  • Engine Power Settings
  • Range & Endurance

Take Off & Landings

Take off and landings are usually the busiest times for the pilot and crew. Flying into short airstrips under hot and high conditions can be a challenge for some pilots. For them we try to explain the finer points here. Especially at high elevation airports where density altitudes go up and aircraft performance goes down.

  • Air Density
  • Head & Tailwinds
  • Take-off & Landing Thrills
  • Weight & Ground Effect
  • Obstacles & Flaps
  • Soft & Short Fields
  • Runway Surface Conditions
  • Distance Factors

Lift, Stall & Speed

During training the pilot learns to fly at the limits of lift and airspeed, gaining proficiency in handling and becoming familiar with the aircraft at different and slow speeds. Helpful when the unforeseen happens .

  • Aircraft Speeds
  • Lift & Stall Effects

Aviation Hazards

Some things are best avoided. For aviation in general there are a number weather related situations a pilot must stay away from to keep the airplane and its occupants safe.

  • Avoiding Birds & Ice
  • Thunderstorms (cb)
  • Winds & Turbulence

Mountain & Winter Flying

Without a doubt it is the best flying there is: during winter time and in the mountains. Both have their dangers too, read on for details.

  • Amidts High Peaks
  • Frosty Conditions

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