A PSYCHIATRIST TOLD ME SO! Jim Trusty 2011 I flew with a doctor/pilot recently and did not feel he was in total control of the airplane at any time. According to him, it is normal for humans to forget a particular skill stored in their memory bank if they go … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: IT’S NOT MY FAULT!
Not again, I thought, we’ve already done that . . . TWICE! Jim Trusty 2006 I got a call from an old student of mine today and he said he had hung the wing tip of his Mooney while trying to taxi between some hangars. … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: Today we are going to learn to TAXI?
Are you ready to be one with the beast? Jim Trusty 2012 Ubiquitous—adj.—existing or being everywhere; widespread; constantly encountered. This definition from Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary really and truly describes the computer. And you say, not in my house! Don’t be too sure. At … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: The “Ubiquitous” Computer is Here to Stay!
www.faasafety.gov Jim Trusty 2012 Yes, www.faasafety.gov is the newest way to communicate with your government. They have almost stopped using mail-outs and gone over to the computer for information about the Federal Aviation Administration, some of the business it conducts, and upcoming safety events across our great nation. About 40% … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: The Newest Way to Reach Out For Information…
. . . and some proven tips on how to pass it . . .OR NOT! Jim Trusty 2012 On the road back from my semi-annual FAA Physical, I thought about writing this article in hopes that it might help someone else about to face this ordeal. I really wanted to point out some of … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: THE DREADED FAA PHYSICAL EXAM
Jim Trusty 2012 It seems like such a simple question and really, it should be. We have spent an entire lifetime learning one thing or another, so why now should the inner workings of a flying machine pose a problem or three for us, the pilots? If we investigate just a little more, we start … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: HOW DO WE LEARN?
The fact that an individual holds a pilot's license does not guarantee that he is a good pilot. Nor does the fact that he has managed to survive a number of years of flying. We all know pilots who have been living on borrowed time. The good pilot is well trained, familiar with his aircraft, … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Conclusion
Passengers come in all sizes, shapes, and temperaments. It is not uncommon for a pilot to take up a friend who is ordinarily calm and relaxed, only to find that he becomes completely unnerved and panicky during some incidental flight mishap. All of us operate at two levels: the rational and the emotional. Our daily … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 20 – The Flying passenger
Your attitudes and general mental state are just as important to safe flight as the condition of your aircraft. Any disturbing feelings which affect your ability to concentrate are a potential threat. These include anger, fear, frustration, depression, worry, and anxiety. A certain amount of anxiety is inevitable in flying. In small amounts, anxiety is … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 19 – Some Psychological Aspects of Flying
At what age are you considered an "undependable" pilot? The natural process of aging is of more interest to you as a pilot than for most other groups because of the exacting demands on individual abilities and capacities. It is natural and expected that some physical components and sensory functions will deteriorate somewhat as you … Continue reading Medical Handbook For Pilots Chapter 18 – Age