Category Archives: Safety

Scanning for traffic?

When scanning for traffic, did you know, traffic at the same altitude will actually appear slightly above the horizon? Due to the curvature of the earth and the higher you are the greater the effect, learn more here:

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R22 – Pull cruise trim, NOT mixture!

Always reach left around the cyclic column when pulling cruise trim in an R22 to minimize the chance of pulling the mixture by mistake.

This recent accident is not the first and won’t be the last I’m sure. Happened a couple of months ago, see the NTSB report here.

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FAA Mobile

FAA Mobile is a mobile optimized website with quick links to the following:

  • N-number lookup
  • Airport Status & Delays
  • Advisory Circulars
  • FSDO Locator
  • Reporting a laser incident or wildlife strike

It also features Mobile-optimized Runway Safety Flashcards & Quiz – great for when you are revising for a checkride:
FAA Mobile Flash Cards Example

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Near OGE hover limits with a tailwind

Out of ground effect (OGE) hover charts are based on zero wind conditions. What happens if you are near OGE limits with a tailwind? See NTSB report here.

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How a NOTAM is born

Over the past few weeks KBDN (Bend, Oregon) airport has had large formations of geese flying over the field, usually south to north or vice-versa at around 200 to 300 feet. I’ve personally witnessed a couple of near misses with aircraft. One such time I was supervising my student as he did his preflight as three huge formations overflew the field, one coming close to a departing airplane. So I called the airport manager to tell him about the situation – thinking he might send out an email or perhaps consult a wildlife specialist (to find ways to deter the birds maybe). About 2 hours later I was doing my usual preflight planning for the next flight and found the following NOTAM* and email had been issued:

I have received a report, verified by Unicom, that pilots are reporting a high number of migrating geese at around 300’ AGL although the elevation could vary considerably.

Please use caution and be aware that a NOTAM for this situation has been issued. Although being close to Thanksgiving it might bring some smiles this is a legitimate NOTAM issued for your safety.

!MMV 11/082 BDN AD GEESE ACTIVITY NEAR AIRPORT 1311271948-1312111948EST

This is a courtesy notice only. Dates and times may change. The only official source of NOTAM information is from the FAA Flight Service Station systems.

Bottom line is we are all responsible for safety – see something that doesn’t look right or might be a safety issue – speak to someone about it.


*NOTAM = Notice to Airmen – to alert pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight. More information, see 5-1-3 in the AIM.

Check for current NOTAMs by speaking to a flight briefer (1-800-WX-BRIEF) or

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