What is Crew Resource Management (CRM)?
Crew resource management, or cockpit resource management, involves the effective utilization of certain training procedures and resources for flight crews, cabin crews, air traffic control, maintenance and dispatch in order to ensure efficient flight operation. Let’s learn more about crew resource management and its importance in the aviation world. Brief History of Crew Resource Management In the 1970s, a team
Cable Systems vs. Hydraulic Systems vs. Fly by Wire in Aircraft
If you’re familiar with aviation lingo, it’s likely you have an idea about the varying control systems on an aircraft. However, do you know the differences between these systems, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of each? Let’s dive in. A Look at Mechanically Actuated Cable Systems Mechanically actuated cable systems are one type of primary flight control system.
Parts of an Airplane and Their Function
There are many parts of an airplane and each has its own specific purpose. Let’s look at the main components of an airplane and get a better understanding of their function. Fuselage The plane’s body, or fuselage, holds the aircraft together, with pilots sitting at the front of the fuselage, passengers and cargo in the back. Cockpit The cockpit is
Have you wondered what would happen if an airplane suddenly lost function of an engine? That’s where ETOPS, or Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards, come into play. What are ETOPS rules and why are they important? Let’s learn more about this acronym and its significance in commercial aircraft. What’s ETOPS? At some point, you may have boarded a plane labeled
What’s the Difference Between Flying Single Engine Aircraft vs. Multi-Engine Aircraft?
When training to be an airline pilot, students typically spend a certain amount of time flying a single engine aircraft as well as a multi-engine aircraft to get the proper experience under their belt. Let’s take a look at the difference in flying each of these types of planes. Single Engine Aircraft Flying any aircraft requires a certain level of
Commercial Pilot vs. Airline Pilot
There are all sorts of pilots out there. Some fly recreationally while others fly for compensation. Commercial and airline pilots are both professional aviators but are in contrasting positions. All airline pilots are commercial pilots, but not all commercial pilots are airline pilots. What are the differences between these two? Looking at a commercial pilot vs airline pilot, there are
FAA’s ADS-B Out Mandate
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is a Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technology for Air Traffic Control (ATC) to determine an aircraft’s position using a transponder on the aircraft. This technology can help create shorter flights and lead to a more fuel-efficient way to fly. There are two different types of ADS-B equipment for airplanes: ADS-B In and Out.
Aviation Weather Planning
Understanding and evaluating aviation weather before and during flight is a key component in ensuring your own safety, the safety of others aboard the aircraft and the safety of other pilots around you. We’ll be taking a closer look at weather planning and decision making and what that looks like for an aviator. Aviation Weather: Preflight and Briefing Prior to
Pilot License Types and What They Mean
Just like you need a license to drive your car, a pilot license is important to have for operating an aircraft. According to the FAA, “pilot licenses” are really called “pilot certifications”, but we’ll be referring to them as “pilot licenses” throughout this blog for the purpose of basic understanding and explanation. Using the information below, you can identify which
Women in Aviation: Past, Present and Future
The next time you board a commercial plane, notice who your pilots are. It’s very likely the cockpit will seat two males, as they, without reason, make up 93% of all certified aviators. In honor of the upcoming International Women in Aviation Conference, we’ll be examining the progression of women in aviation, from past to present and will also look