Monthly Archives: April 2015

Free King Schools Courses

These are nice short courses offered for free by King Schools. They are good review for current pilots and a nice way to try out King Schools as a student before buying any of their other courses.

Non-Towered Airport Communications

This free course will take you through the paces of arrival and departure from airports without an operating control tower and show you how to use skillful communication together with situational awareness to manage collision risk.

Radio call-up procedures, correct radio terminology, and how to use your radio for increased safety and utility are all there—even the best way to resolve on-air disputes. A wealth of pointers on issuing clear and professional communications.
13 minutes.

Crosswind Landings Made Easy

If you have ever struggled to stay aligned with the centerline with zero sideways drift while landing in a stiff crosswind, this mini-course will give you all the secrets to make it a “breeze”. In-flight footage and clear teaching will give you the perspective you need to nail it—every time! 12 minutes.

Tie Down the Airplane

It’s spring and big winds are back. Tie down your aircraft if you aren’t at the controls because enough wind can fly anything from this…

An airplane flies away in a gust of wind because it wasn't secured.

Click to see what happens…

To this! All the wing needs is sufficient airspeed and it *will* fly. That’s what happened to the 747 in the link above. It’s been stripped down at the boneyard so it’s very light, and stall speed decreases with weight, so the wing needs less airspeed to fly. The only reason this 747 didn’t do like the light airplane above is the 747 was tied down at the main landing gear.

This isn’t just a windy day piece of advice. Helicopter downwash on a ramp can fly most light airplanes just as easily (if not more so) than high winds can.

So secure your aircraft. Tie it down fast if you aren’t at the controls.