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Archive for the ‘How Planes Work’ Category


Another Podcast – The VOR

VOR stands for Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Radio Range. Why do we care? Like always, because we have an intense interest in how airplanes work, and the VOR is a great navigation aid. We also care because there will be a couple VOR questions on the test and they’ll be easy to get if you […]

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Checking the Airspeed Indicator For Leaks

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor and pilot based in Vancouver, BC. I AM NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND I AM NOT OFFERING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION! I am sharing my study notes and other things I’ve learned while getting my education as a pilot. You’re welcome to make use of this information, but […]

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Transponder Failure

It was a beautiful day on the South Coast yesterday, and I was able to get into the circuit for a bit. Halfway through a funny thing happened. Tower asked me to recycle the transponder, telling me that I’d stopped showing up. (This isn’t as bad as it seems, because I was still on radar […]

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