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Changes in Sim Time

First we had 20 hours, then 10, then back to 20, then 10 again, and finally back to 20. Confused? Yes, us too. So what’s going on in the FAA? Actually, it's kind of interesting. Charleston Flight School had a Letter of Authorization (LOA) that allowed us to use the...

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Arrows Across America

We have become so accustomed to modern avionics that we almost forget how wondrous GPS actually is, and perhaps even take it for granted. Talk to an old timer and he may tell you how impressed he was with LORAN when it came out. Of course the older guys will regale...

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Turbulence and You

In this part of the country, the early months of the year usually bring some unsettled weather.  Cold temperatures with lots of high winds can make a dent in our flying plans and this year has been no different. January is usually still pretty good and even early...

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New Student Pilot Process

It seems that the FAA is suddenly making a lot of changes. A few months ago, we told you about the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) that will replace the current Practical Test Standards (PTS.) I have no idea if this is an improvement, but at least one...

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Briefing the Pax

Any air traveler is familiar with the flight attendant's safety briefing before every flight. Most of us read through it because we've heard it so many times before, and you are probably aware that the briefing is an FAA requirement. But did you know that as PIC, you...

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The Area Forecast Discussion

The Area Forecast Discussion There's a little-known weather product out there that is actually pretty helpful- the Area Forecast Discussion, or AFD. This little beauty has been around for a while but I had never heard of it until Foreflight started to include it in...

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Drones and Us

Drones and Us Last week, the East Cooper Pilots Association hosted the South Carolina Breakfast Club, as we do about this time every November. If you haven’t checked it out, the Breakfast Club has a fly-in breakfast roughly every two weeks, to different airports...

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Goodbye PTS, Hello ACS

Goodbye PTS, Hello ACS If you haven't heard already, there are some big changes in how pilot applicants are tested. The first big change is the written test.The FAA knowledge test has been criticized for including too many questions that are: • Out-of-date (e.g., lots...

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Spin History

Spin History Airplane spins have always fascinated, and alarmed, most pilots. In the early days of aviation, they were considered as an unrecoverable and fatal maneuver and it wasn’t until the early part of this century that some brave aviators developed the theory of...

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In Memory of Matt Gaither and Graham Borland

  In Memory of Matt Gaither and Graham BorlandOn August 14 2014, a Cessna 150 crashed on the field at Mt Pleasant Regional Airport (KLRO), instantly killing both occupants, 20-year-old Matt Gaither and Graham Borland. Our deepest sympathies go to both the...

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