Aviation

Aviation Weather

 Posted 1 Aug 2017 at 06:39 UTC

Below is a set of slides on aviation weather theory. Please review and comment…

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Aircraft Performance Calculations

 Posted 11 Jul 2017 at 04:11 UTC

My presentation on Aircraft Performance is now available. Click on the slideshow below to play! And, don’t forget to send me feedback!

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Aerodynamics - Part 1

 Posted 10 Jul 2017 at 05:48 UTC

I’ve added slides for part 1 of Aerodynamics on Google Slides. You can view the slideshow below. Feel free to view the slides in full screen by clicking on the appropriate control in the player. The slides for my first online ground school session are posted here.  

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Presentation updates are on the way

 Posted 10 Jul 2017 at 05:24 UTC

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on updating my presentations for Aviation Ground School and will be posting them here shortly. Please stay tuned for the updates.

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Performance & Pilot Math

 Posted 19 Sep 2016 at 14:45 UTC

This is a video of my presentation to Private Pilot Study called “Performance and Pilot Math”. Click here to download a PDF of the slides. The video of the session can be found on YouTube:  

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Flight Physics Part 1

 Posted 1 Sep 2016 at 02:11 UTC

I taught a lesson on flight physics (or aerodynamics) today. The slides for my first online ground school session are posted here.  

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Ground School at Private Pilot Study

 Posted 1 Sep 2016 at 02:03 UTC

I just started teaching some sessions of private pilot ground school at an online study group called Private Pilot Study. I will be posting copies of my slides, and a link to a video recording of the presentations here very soon.

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Node.js on Raspberry Pi

 Posted 28 Nov 2015 at 07:10 UTC

For the past few weeks, I’ve felt a need to do something new - shake things up; that sort of thing. I’ve also been yearning to learn a new programming language. I finally settled on learning node.js and to explore how it runs on a Raspberry Pi (RPi). I’m the...

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Six aviation rules for the real world!

 Posted 7 Apr 2014 at 05:08 UTC

As everyone who knows me knows, I’m a stark, raving, aviation and flying addict. Fortunately, I have a “real world” job that enables me to indulge in my lunacy. So, while thinking about what to post next on this blog, I figured a post that connects my “hobby” and my...

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French (not Death) Valley Flyout: March 31, 2013

 Posted 1 Apr 2013 at 00:20 UTC

Talk about the need to be flexible when flying - well, more than when flying a commercial airline, at least! David Werntz, one of the instructors at the Caltech Aero Club, had tried to arrange a flyout to the Furnace Creek Airport (L06) in Death Valley, CA. Over the last...

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Night Flight to Chino and Ontario 3/30/2013

 Posted 31 Mar 2013 at 23:27 UTC

I had to get checked out in the Caltech Aero Club’s C172 (N54678) and so, my instructor, Russell Thomas and I decided to do some night flying as part of the checkout. Since I had told Russ that I’ve never landed at Ontario, he figured why not do some pattern...

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Flight to Whiteman (KWHP): March 10, 2013

 Posted 13 Mar 2013 at 05:30 UTC

I decided to take a short flight to Whiteman Airport (KWHP) this last weekend. It’s been a long time since I actually did anything remotely resembling a cross-country flight on my own and, even though KWHP is only 20 miles from KEMT, I thought it would bring back some old...

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PilotEdge: The BEST Thing to Happen to Flight Simulation… Ever!

 Posted 30 Oct 2012 at 05:31 UTC

I have been interested in Flight Simulation for a very long time, but it was only last year that I finally invested in a copy of X-Plane as a means of helping my with my real-world flying lessons. I flew with X-Plane many hours, but always felt that I was missing something big…...

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My Private Pilot Checkride - Part 1 of 3

 Posted 16 Sep 2012 at 03:33 UTC

As I mentioned earlier, I passed my Private Pilot checkride this week. I’m really happy that the training that I started, with some trepidation, about a year ago finally resulted in my getting a Private Pilot’s License (PPL). While I was preparing for the checkride, I kept searching on the...

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I Passed my Checkride!

 Posted 15 Sep 2012 at 22:58 UTC

I am very happy to inform you that I am now a licensed Private Pilot! That’s right. I passed my private pilot checkride on 9/11/2012. In my next post I will write more about my checkride and what it took for me to get here.

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Team Structure and Disruptive Innovation

 Posted 17 Dec 2011 at 15:58 UTC

For many years I have been fascinated with the relationship between team structure and innovation, assuming that such a relationship exists. In my career spanning over 18 years, I have worked with companies large and small. I have worked on products that could be considered innovative, and others that were...

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I'm back...

 Posted 4 Dec 2011 at 15:31 UTC

Apologies to anyone who has been expecting new content on this site. We were having a lot of issues at work which, ultimately, resulted in Meteor Games laying off almost the entire team on November 30, 2011. I, therefore, have a little more time on my hands right now and...

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Stalls

 Posted 1 Nov 2011 at 19:06 UTC

The very mention of the word “stall” in the context of flying conjures up images of aircraft falling out of the sky, for most people. While stalling is definitely an issue that can occur in an aircraft, all pilots are trained to recognise an imminent stall and take corrective action,...

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Steep Turns and Stalls

 Posted 25 Oct 2011 at 03:00 UTC

Most flight schools seem to start their trainees off real slow, by having the student go through things like climbs, descents, shallow turns, straight and level flight, etc. before getting into things like slow flight, stalls and steep turns. However, the folks at DuBois Aviation seem to take a contrarian...

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Flight Training - Day 1

 Posted 21 Oct 2011 at 00:07 UTC

My first real day of flying was on Sunday, October 16, 2011. A typical southern california fall day - sunny and warm (actually, hot!) with temperatures in the 80s. Ahhh. I do love SoCal when it comes to the weather - earthquakes… not so much. But I digress… The aircraft...

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TSA Approval Done!!

 Posted 4 Oct 2011 at 00:04 UTC

Looks like someone must have noticed my whining about the TSA approval because I received it a few minutes ago! Next Steps… Start flight lessons!

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TSA Clearance (or... the travails of an alien)

 Posted 3 Oct 2011 at 03:43 UTC

After the tragic events of 9/11, the US government decided that any non-US Citizen (i.e. an alien) would require TSA clearance to start flight school in the USA. The TSA clearance adds a bunch of expensive hoops for all non-US Citizens (like me) who want to learn flying in the...

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The FAA Medical

 Posted 3 Oct 2011 at 02:07 UTC

So, one of the requirements for a Private Pilot’s Licence is the successful completion of a medical examination administered by an FAA-approved Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Although the rules around the medical examination, especially the criteria for rejection and/or special issuances, are quite clear, a lot depends on the AME,...

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First Steps

 Posted 3 Oct 2011 at 01:18 UTC

As you folks probably know by now, I’m blogging my experiences while I work towards my private pilot’s licence for flying fixed wing aeroplanes. According to the FAA, the minimum requirements to obtain a Private Pilot’s Licence in the United States are: Be at least 17 years of age. Be...

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