Most pilots, like us, were taught that Va protects your plane from structural failure in flight. But in reality, that's not always the case. An example of this is American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 that broke apart in flight, while flying below Va the entire time.
So what does Va protect, and what doesn't it? Listen in and find out.
Most pilots, like us, are used to having an engine on the front of their plane. But there's a whole world of non-powered flight, and we wanted to learn more about it. So we headed out to the Boulder glider field to talk to the local gliding experts. We learned about how they keep themselves airborne for hours a time, and the different types of lift that keep them aloft.
There's been a lot of talk about the danger of drones, and how they're endangering the lives of pilots. But is that really the case? What's being done to keep us at a safe distance from drones, and are they more dangerous than birds?
We talked to three industry experts to get their opinion: Jon Resnick, Policy Lead for DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer, Ben Marcus, co-founder of AirMap.io and founder of NoFlyZone.org, as well as Al Palmer, Director of the University of North Dakota's UAS Research Center. Listen in and see what they have to say about the future of drones, and if they're a real threat to aviation.
If you've ever topped off a 737's tires (bet you haven't), or if you're a fan of NASCAR, you know that they fill up their wheels with Nitrogen. But why? And should light GA aircraft do the same? We take a look at the science behind dry nitrogen - and whether the payoffs are worth the cost for your plane.
And, have you ever wondered where your squawk code comes from? We take a look at how a Parrot evolved into your transponder - and how the ATC system divvies up squawk codes for VFR and IFR flights.
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