Do Certified Flight Instructors Need To Be “Night Current” When Conducting Training In Robinson Helicopters?

You’ve been stuck teaching primary maneuvers to new students in a Robinson helicopter for the past three months. Next week, you finally have an initial night cross country flight with a student pilot, but you also realize that you won’t have met the night passenger carrying requirements of 14 CFR 61.57(b). Do you need to get current before you fly with the student? Is the student a “passenger”?

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This Helicopter Pilot’s Minimalist Lifestyle: Part 4 (The Final Months)

The header photo for this final part is the only one I can find (I never intended on writing about this) directly from living in my office: the workout mat I tried to sleep on with my pillow and blanket. Now, my office location was about to change. This was not part of the original plan. Changing my office potentially changed the ability to keep this office-living experiment up. But, I needed to be smart about this and not jump into living in an office I haven’t evaluated. I was going to have to experiment with vandwelling (truck-dwelling, in my case) to give me time to safely assess the new office area for living.

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This Helicopter Pilot’s Minimalist Lifestyle: Part 3 (The First 100 Days)

I had discovered extreme minimalism, one-bagging, vandwelling, and office-living. I had chosen to attempt an experiment with office-living and had reduced my possessions to two bags. It was time to move into the office… Continue reading about my journey into these minimalist lifestyles with a look at the first 100 days of my office-living experiment.

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Say Goodbye To The Textual Area Forecast (FA)

I haven’t used the textual Area Forecast for flight planning since the early 2000s, aside from showing it to students for training. The same goes for actually phoning a weather briefer. I use the wide array of digital weather resources available to us from both official and unofficial sources for determining conditions for each flight, and I believe that all pilots should be comfortable and capable of determining this from these textual and graphical resources without assistance. Guess what? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is finally getting rid of the limited-utility Area Forecasts (FA).

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