36 articles in the archive July 17, 2017
Over a year ago I wrote about my initial experiences building and testing out the
open-source Stratux ADS-B In receiver. I've gotten more involved with the project since then, testing out new hardware and changing my existing build. I've also had the chance to use some competing hardware! TL;DR: build yourself this $140 Stratux
If you're a pilot without existing access to ADS-B In weather and traffic, build this list. The same results
cost $233 a year ago, and the software has matured while the hardware has improved. For under $150, you can get dual-band ADS-B In traffic and weather with WAAS position data. It's fantastic. March 26, 2016
I first heard about the
Stratux project a few months back, in a subreddit that described how to build your own ADS-B In receiver for under $120. It uses software-defined radios to pick up ADS-B data, then processes it using open-source software. As a pilot who's dabbled with the idea of plunking down around $1000 on the Stratus 2S, this was a pretty attractive idea: less than $200 for traffic and weather on my iPad? Heck, I could build a receiver and order a new iPad for less than the list price of the Stratus.
I took the plunge, ordered the parts, and tried it out.
The verdict? It works brilliantly.
April 20, 2013
A basic outline for a complete Flight Review in the United States.
April 20, 2013
A basic outline for a complete Instrument Proficiency Check as required in the United States.
April 9, 2013
Lots of words about flying in Iceland as a tourist.
April 6, 2013
Most pilots have heard horror stories about General Aviation in Europe. Iceland is a breath of fresh air in comparison.
April 19, 2012
Why are we sending out emails that are formatted exclusively for desktop email clients? Not even necessarily all that well, honestly.
April 27, 2011
After this ~40 minute briefing, the student should have a working knowledge of the pitot-static and gyroscopic flight instruments. In order…
April 27, 2011
After this briefing, the student should have a reasonable understanding of navigating with the Radio Magnetic Indicator (RMI) and Horizontal…
April 4, 2010
This is a rough overview of the FAA requirements for an instrument rating - what
must be part of the checkride - and some of the areas that… April 3, 2010
The student should gain a working knowledge of instrument flight maneuvers and unusual attitude recovery, and understand the techniques and…
May 4, 2009
The student should be able to apply previous lessons about approach components to an instrument approach chart, and be prepared to fly an…
December 22, 2008
These are sample questions for private pilot candidates that will hopefully allow them to demonstrate some level of correlation-level…
May 7, 2008
That's the ultimate standard for success, right? Take something that you enjoy, then find a way to get paid for it. So far, I think I'm…
April 10, 2008
After a pretty marginal winter here in the Puget Sound, the weather is finally starting to improve. Low ceilings and lots of rain have…
August 12, 2007
Develop the student’s ability to plan and execute a steep spiral, improving options in an emergency situation.
standards… August 12, 2007
Develop the student's knowledge of the aerodynamics, setup, and execution of steep turns to improve aircraft control and finesse.
June 27, 2007
The student should gain an understanding of air traffic control clearances, and how they relate to instrument flight operations.
May 22, 2007
The student should gain an understanding of DME operation and the instrument landing system, and be able to apply that knowledge to flight…
May 19, 2007
The student should be able to, with assistance, plan an IFR cross country, then fly it.
April 30, 2007
The student should gain an understanding of departure and arrival procedures and clearances, as well as a basic ability to read enroute and…
April 29, 2007
The student should have an understanding of the national airspace system, and be able to apply it to a cross-country flight or sectional…
April 26, 2007
This briefing should develop the student's knowledge of -- and ability to use -- weather products to increase flight safety and situational awareness.
February 17, 2007
The student should gain an understanding of straight-in and circling approaches and be able to apply that knowledge to several landing…
February 11, 2007
The student's understanding of aeronautical decision-making should be reinforced, bringing it to an instrument-pilot level of knowledge.
January 24, 2007
At the conclusion of this briefing, the student should be able to explain the execution of (and reasons for) the instrument cockpit check.
… December 13, 2006
The student should gain a working understanding of aircraft weight and balance, including methods for calculation and aircraft limits for…
November 28, 2006
This briefing will introduce the student to basic attitude instrument flight maneuvers and the procedures used to execute them.
November 18, 2006
This briefing should develop the student’s understanding of the setup, procedures, and execution of chandelles to improve control smoothness…
November 18, 2006
Familiarize the student with the fundamentals of flight and the control inputs required for basic maneuvers.
November 12, 2006
This lesson should establish the student's familiarity with situations leading to (and the execution of) stalls, while explaining the danger…
November 2, 2006
This briefing reviews stalls and introduces spin aerodynamics, as well as the procedures required for the successful avoidance of and…
November 1, 2006
The student should become familiar with the behavior of the aircraft in slow flight, gaining an understanding of the inputs and procedures…
November 1, 2006
Develop a pilot’s ability to execute maximum-performance, short-field takeoffs and landings, safely clearing any obstacles.
October 26, 2006
This lesson should establish the student's familiarity with situations leading to (and the execution of) the more complex and dangerous…
October 19, 2006
The student should gain a working understanding of flight planning and the basics of navigation, including aeronautical charts and radio…