25 Oct 10 Free EAA Student Membership Maintains Young Eagles' Connection To Aviation

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From AeroNews.net: EAA Young Eagles can now stay connected to the aviation world and enjoy a variety of benefits at no cost through the EAA Student Membership supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The EAA Student Membership, available free of charge to all Young Eagles and valid until the individual's 19th birthday, is the next element of a "Flight Plan" for EAA Young Eagles interested in earning a pilot certificate. Young Eagles can register for their free EAA Student Membership online

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Fly Smart,
Kent


17 Oct 10 What Makes Flight Situations Risky?

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Here is a research paper shared by Dr. Ute Fischer of the Georgia Institute of Technology on perception of risks in aviation. The findings are interesting, and would be of special benefit to student pilots and their flight instructors.
Abstract: Despite its significance to aviation safety, surprisingly little empirical research has addressed how pilots conceptualize risk and how flight experience might influence their understanding. A sorting study was conducted in which expert (= commercial airline) and novice (= private) pilots were asked to categorize aviation incidents in terms of their risk levels. Analyses of their judgments revealed differences between more and less experienced pilots in their conceptualizations of risk. Private pilots classified incidents in terms of the magnitude of their consequences, analogous to the dread factor observed in studies of the general public’s understanding of risk.
Commercial pilots used two factors: the timeline of a threat and its controllability. These findings suggest that flight safety in the GA environment may be improved by instructing private pilots in the more complex and action oriented risk concept of commercial pilots.
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Many thanks to Dr Fischer for sharing.
Fly Smart,
Kent


16 Oct 10 Book Review: Jet Age by Sam Howe Verhovek


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If you are interested in the history of aviation and how jet transportation forever changed our world, this is the book to read...and even if you hadn't thought about it, check it out. Global air travel is now taken for granted and this book details the trials and tribulations of those who were in competition to shrink the globe by developing the first jet transport.
I took a bit different approach to reading the book, skipping to the end to read about the genesis of the book in the Epilogue. Author Sam Howe Verhovek has conducted extensive research on Boeing, de Havilland and the people who were the visionaries within those companies. He located great resources in libraries and company archives and crafted a history that is very readable. His writing skills allow the technical information on the 707 and the Comet to be interleaved with the personalities of the engineers, test pilots and executives in a way that personalizes the technical nature of the endeavor. The book is broken down into chapters that detail the efforts of both manufacturers, the aviators, the companies and the race itself, and each story is covered nicely.
There is a lot of entertainment packed into 272 pages, I highly recommend taking it along on your next flight to learn how people and planes forever changed our world.

Fly Smart and Fly Fast (if ya want to...)
Kent

15 OCT 10 Lubbock FSDO Newsletter

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Here are some good articles on aviation compiled by the Lubbock, Texas FSDO FAASTeam Program Manager Mr John Boatright. There is an especially good article by H.-P. Schuele on approach and landing best practices.
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FMI: John H. Boatright, FAASTeam Program Manager, LBB FSDO, (806) 740-3811

JB and H-P, thanks for sharing so we all can Fly Smart,
Kent