Show Us Your Tips

Show Us Your Tips

Welcome to our new section for sharing knowledge and tips. On this page you will find some hopefully interesting, useful or simply entertaining ideas that you can use to improve your flying, expand your brain or just amaze your friend/s.

If you have an aviation-related tip or idea worth sharing, please let us know and we will check it out and add it to this page if appropriate. The most recently-added tips will appear at the top of the page, so if this is your first visit, start at the bottom and work upwards (just like your aviation career). Enjoy!

Fuel Dips

As Pilot In Command, when someone tells you that “The fuel tanks are full”, you had best check for yourself to see if they are full of fuel or air.

Forgot to cancel SARTIME?

The usual method of remembering this is to set an alarm on your phone. But  for a low-tech alternative, what about placing a rubber band around your wrist when you submit your flight plan. Then it will still be there once your aircraft has been put to bed and your phone’s battery has died. (Thanks to Iain White from CASA for passing this one on).

The right way up

Storing Headsets

When you put your headsets in their carry bag, which way up do you put them? While that may seem like a silly question, carrying your headsets with the cable facing down (away from the carry handle) may lead to damage of the cable. The first you may know of any damage is when you are transmitting as usual but nobody is responding because the mic cable has fractured internally.

Of course if you have wireless headsets then you don’t need to worry about this. All you need to worry about is carrying spare batteries, RF interference and how long it is going to take to pay them off.

 

Log Book Entries

When making entries in your log book after a flight, in the Details column try to add information that will, in the years to come, remind you of anything interesting or unusual that happened during the flight. For example, instead of just entering “Circuits and Landings”, you might add extra detail such as “20kt Crosswinds with crab approach”, “First greaser with witnesses” or perhaps the names of special passengers. Also including the number of circuits may be handy to check currency if you don’t fly regularly.

 

Throttle Control

This example uses the basic Cessna style throttle but the principle applies to other throttle styles. Using your throttle hand (depends on which side you are sitting and the location of the throttle on your aircraft), first loosen the throttle friction nut, then adjust the throttle to the desired setting, and finally re-tighten the nut. This reduces the chance of damage to the friction nut and cable slide. In the video the operating hand is shown upside down for clarity. The point is to use your fingers to adjust the nut and your palm to adjust the throttle setting.

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