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Avweb Articles on Aircraft Electrical Systems

Avweb has two very good articles on small aircraft electrical systems: When It All Goes Dark (Note that Swissair had unsafe entertainment system wiring and bundles were wrapped in metalized mylar (ie. flammable plastic), which aren’t small aircraft problems) Batteries … Continue reading

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Truckee-Tahoe Circling Approach Accidents

I have to admit, doing a circling approach at night in the mountains in snow and fog – with a passenger – is pretty risky: Freedom To Choose Only 4 years earlier, a Learjet crew tried the same thing and … Continue reading

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Garmin GPSMap 96C GPS Updates

Originally, the Garmin 96C shipped with a 2006 GPS database. The Feb. 2011 obstacle database size increased enough to require a new version of the software, 3.0.0. The 96C software update steps are: connect USB cable (regular to mini) from … Continue reading

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FAA Certificate and Rating Price Chart for 2014

I just passed my FAA ATP Part 121 written exam, and the escalating price of training came up in conversation when I was at the airport. FAA Cert./Rating Min. (Part 141/61) 2000 2014 How to Save Money Sport 20 hours … Continue reading

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Jeppesen Tech Star Flight Computer Manual

I haven’t seen any Jeppesen Tech Star Flight Computer manuals online, so here’s a feature summary. Overview uses 4xAAA batteries, thus prone to corrosion comes with plastic film to protect keyboard (leave it on) math calculations are instant, but menu … Continue reading

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