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I’m a commercial pilot and have an opportunity to do some sightseeing flights for a local operator. I’m under 40 and got a first class medical 16 months ago. Do I still have 2nd class medical privileges or do I need to get a new 1st or 2nd class medical?
I want to suggest a topic for an online course/safety seminar/accident case study/real pilot story, how do I do that?
You’re on a flight to grab lunch and you’ve invited one of your flying buddies to go along with you. Along your route of flight there is a restricted area and in the interest of shortening your ETE by about half an hour you ask the local ARTCC if the restricted area was “cold” or “hot”. The controller responds that the restricted area in question is not active or “cold”. You proceed to turn the aircraft to fly directly through the restricted area to your lunch destination. Your ... more
You’ve decided that it might be fun on the weekends to start giving flight instruction. You’ll make some money and be able to pass on knowledge to a new generation of pilots. You’ve already got a private instrument license and about 300 hours from over the years, including a couple training for your commercial rating. You currently have a 1st class medical, with 3rd class privileges. Would you be required to obtain a new 1st or 2nd class medical to pursue further ratings and ... more
You’ve just taxied up to hold short of the runway and call tower as usual with your request for takeoff. The response from ATC is not what you expected though; they responded to your request for takeoff with hold short instructions and the phrase “hold for wake-turbulence”. Doing most of your flying from uncontrolled fields this instruction is foreign to you. You thought that it was your responsibility as PIC to determine wake-turbulence avoidance. Why is ATC assigning ... more