You’re sitting around after having finished some ground instruction with your student. Your flight school also contracts out to local news agencies for photo flights. One station’s photographer shows up to the office, needing to launch for photos of an active search scene. You do a logged, pre-flight briefing via the CSRA Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS), with no Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) established in the area published in the Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) section. You met the requirements of 14 CFR 91.103. You push start. Your estimated time enroute is 30 minutes.
If you are a current Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), you probably are aware of the existence of the Ground Instructor certificate described in Subpart I of Part 61 in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). However, you’re probably asking yourself: “Why would I want a Ground Instructor certificate when I have my CFI certificate already?” Let’s look at the types of Ground Instructor certificates available and their respective privileges.
Thankfully, the month of December was light in helicopter accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still in the process of investigating the accidents listed, so myself nor other readers can really judge the cause of each accident without further information. However, based upon the preliminary information, we can get an idea about what related subjects we should review to help prevent such accidents on our end.
If you’ve ever flown in Alaska or at least examined a sectional chart from the area, you’ve probably noticed the “WX CAM” notation at many airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosts a web site called FAA Aviation Weather Cameras, providing easy point-and-click access to the many public and third-party live cameras at airports throughout Alaska and Canada.
In my experience training and testing pilots working towards becoming Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs), I discovered more than a handful that had a difficult time explaining the records they were required to keep once acting as such. We all know the requirements for logging time, takeoffs, landings, and specific operations as a pilot, but extra things must be recorded once acting as an instructor. Let’s look at the regulation addressing this.