The House of Rapp

The Key to Good IFR: More VFR

Posted by in IFR, Safety

The most common landing procedure used by IFR airplanes is the visual approach. It’s fast, efficient, and simple. So why did the crew of Asiana 214 have such a hard time with it on a good clear day? Because quality IFR flying starts with a solid VFR background — and VFR flying is something ab initio pilots see very little of.

Mandated Spin Training

Posted by in Safety

The stick-and-rudder skill deficiencies in today’s pilots didn’t start today. It began years ago when they were learning how to fly. Fixing it will require a journey into the past. It’s time to get back to basics, and you won’t cover all the bases unless spin training is a central part of the mix.

The Missing Link in Flight Simulation

Posted by in Opinion Leaders

Several months ago I mused about the how ever-advancing computer technology has led to a marked improvement in simulators for the light GA market. Reader Keith Smith later alerted me to a corresponding service he had developed called PilotEdge. His company’s mission is to add a level of realism to the general aviation FTD that not even the multi-million dollar Level D boxes have thus far been able to offer. I was intrigued. What could possible transform an inexpensive Flight Training Device that way? In a word: radios.

Looking Back: How I Got Started in Aviation

Posted by in Aviation, Blogging in Formation

Hard to believe I’ve been in the flying game for 15 years now. Let’s take a look back and see how it all started.

IPC as a Flight Review?

Posted by in Aviation, IFR, Instructing

I’m often asked if an Instrument Proficiency Check can double as a flight review. Unfortunately, it can’t. Here’s why.