We've all heard about the 80/20 rule, and it applies to buying an airplane too. Applied to aircraft ownership, the rule means that you should purchase an aircraft for the type of missions that you'll actually fly, 80% of the time, rather than the occasional missions you hope to fly.
Topics: aircraft ownership
The Aviation Weather Center is the "go-to" for all aviation weather products. It is brought to us by NOAA and the National Weather Service. Many of us have spent time during training and working to get to know the products that it offers. How often do we check to see what has changed?
We've previously discussed the multitude of weather briefing information that is currently available in our How Can You Find Cloud Tops Without PIREPs? and How Can I Get Free Aviation Weather Now that DUATS is Gone? blogs. There is more and better information available than ever but it can take a lot of time to really get the big picture.
As pilots, we need to know what the weather is doing before we take off and once we're in the air. There are copious free weather sources while you're on the ground, but unless you have your own flight dispatch department supporting you from the ground there are really only two options once you're airborne.
By now you're probably aware that SiriusXM is a satellite based system that brings a lot of capabilities to the cockpit but for a price. The alternative is the ADS-B Flight Information System, which has some limitations but that is rapidly catching up in terms of capabilities.
Our comparison chart gives you an up-to-date comparison of the features and limitations of each solution since there have been a number of recent changes.
There are more options than ever before when it comes to EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags). Some only work on certain hardware platforms. Some include advanced features such as synthetic vision and in-flight weather.
Want to compare the options without having to sift through long descriptions?
When you do a big home improvement project don't you usually get bids from multiple contractors?
It can be very time consuming but when you're making such a big investment, you usually want to make sure that your getting charged a fair price and that you are going to get the quality that you expect. It can be just as time consuming when you're shopping for services for you or your aircraft.
Ever wondered what IACRA stands for? Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application. You've got to give it to the FAA for coming up with the world's best possible acronyms.
The field is IFR or MVFR and you're headed on a cross country. If you fly in remote areas, like us Vermonters, you'll notice a lack of pilot reports, particularly if you're launching early in the morning. So, how do you check for cloud tops?
The FAA discontinued the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS) Program on May 16th, 2018 but there are more ways for pilots to get aviation weather than ever before.
Ever wondered what would happen if you lost your logbook?
Those of us that still use paper logbooks shudder at the thought of losing our logbook and even those of us that have switched to electronic logbooks are not immune from the loss of our data unless the logbook solution we use has cloud back up functionality.
There is good news, should you ever have to deal with this unfortunate situation...........