The House of Rapp

To Pull or Not to Pull

Posted by in IFR, Instructing

Simulating partial panel used to be so easy: slap a cover over one or two of the instruments and let the fun begin! In an era of integrated glass panel avionics, however, it’s not always so simple. Take the G1000 for example. The FAA doesn’t like us pulling circuit breakers, so they ask instructors and examiners to use a method that’s far less realistic. That might be better for the electronics… but what about the pilot?

Back to Basics

Posted by in Aviation, Safety

Further analysis of comments coming in from the blogosphere about the pros and cons of cockpit automation. My take? In the end, it’s all about the beginning.


Junk In, Junk Out

Posted by in Aviation, Humor, IFR

Computers are a boon to the cockpit. Fast, informative, and efficient. But they’re susceptible to human error. Here’s one humorous example of


Are Needle, Ball, and Airspeed Obsolete?

Posted by in Aviation, IFR

I teach glass panel. I’m a fan of glass panel. But we need to stay proficient on the steam gauges, too! Here’s why.