The best we can write about February is that it’s over and we had some snow, but not too much. However the rain and wind has slowed everybody’s flying. March is here which bring longer days, Daylights Saving Time, and hopefully more flying and outdoor activities.
We are introducing an “AVIONICS NEWS” article every month, as this is an area that has experienced enormous change in technology and regulations over the past few decades. We will try to keep you aprised of these as time goes on.
And didyou know that our website is now mobile friendly. Just try going toprincetonairport.com on your mobile phone, and you will see our mobile website.
AVIONICS UPDATES ADS-B or Automatic-Dependent-Surveveillance-Broadcast
What is ADS-B? ADS-B, or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, is a new technology that allows air traffic controllers to see traffic with more precision than ever before. Instead of relying on decades-old radar technology, ADS-B uses highly accurate GPS signals. As a result, ADS-B works where radar often doesn’t – even in remote areas or mountainous terrain. And because it can function at low altitudes and on the ground, it can also be used to monitor traffic on airport taxiways and runways. Air traffic controllers aren’t the only ones who will see the benefits of ADS-B, though. Aircraft with certain equipment can also receive ADS-B traffic and subscription-free weather information while in flight over the U.S.
As a GARMIN dealerfor many years,we are well equipped to handle the specific needs of your aircraft. Speak with Ken, and he’ll guide you through these changes.
GARMIN has a very informative video which should be very informative. Check it out.
If you would like to join the Ground School Class, the next session will be the fourth week. Perhap you wold like to get a refresher, this might be what you need. Wwill pro-rate the cost.
The class will meet once a week from 7:00 – 10:00 pm on MOnday nights.
SAFETY CORNER – by Assistant Chief Pilot Peter Rafle
Recent study of the accident record for general aviation shows what we have long suspected. Despite all the improvements in aircraft design, better avionics, and instruction, pilots make errors. Further examination of the data shows that 95% percent of training time is spent on the technical aspects of flight and only 5% is spent of teaching about human factors that lead us to make mistakes. But, it is clear that 95% of the accidents can be directly linked to human error!
So, we all have to become more aware of how we each make decisions, and how we can avoid making bad ones.
Join us for coffee and a bagel and share your goals for this spring, which is around the corner. Bng a friend and let’s Hangar Fly!
Topic: Aviation Weather Reports
Instructor: Chief Pilot John Bastan
Date: Tuesday, March 26, ’13
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm Free – bring a friend.
Chief Pilot John Bastan
Blocked pitot tube:
A blocked pitot tube is a pitot-static problem that will only affect airspeed indica-tors. A blocked pitot tube will cause the airspeed indicator to register an increase in airspeed when the aircraft climbs, even though actual airspeed is constant. This is caused by the pressure in the pitot system remaining constant when the atmos-pheric pressure (and static pressure) are decreasing.
In reverse, the airspeed indicator will show a decrease in airspeed when the aircraft descends. The pitot tube is susceptible to becoming clogged by ice, water, insects or some other obstruction. For this reason, aviation regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommend that the pitot tube be checked for obstructions prior to any flight. To prevent icing, many pitot tubes are equipped with a heating element. A heated pitot tube is required in all aircraft certificated for instrument flight except aircraft certificated as Experimental Amateur-Built.