Back to Basics

The Back to Basics series, designed for GA (General Aviation) flight sim pilots, explores the fundamentals of flight that broadly follows a typical Private Pilot Licence (PPL) syllabus. No matter what level of experience, flight sim pilots will hopefully benefit. Whether you’re new to the hobby or need to brush up on your flying skills, you will find something in here for you.

 

Back to Basics

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 13

This time, we take a look at some key terms and aids that will assist you in nailing those perfect hand-flown ILS approaches.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 12

After learning about and practising key IFR flying skills, we now focus on one of the most commonly used and yet often poorly flown navigation aids – the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 11

In the previous lesson, we saw how Standard Instrument Departures can alleviate congestion at busy airports. This time, we look at how Standard Terminal Arrivals route inbound flights before landing.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 10

In previous lessons, we became familiar with the basic navigation aids and some elementary holding techniques. This time, we continue to up the ante by moving into the dark and mysterious world of SIDs and STARs.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 9

We continue to turn in circles but this time, we look at some useful tips to help keep you in the holding pattern and understand why new IFR pilots hate them so much.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 8

In this lesson, we wrap up exploring the various uses of the VOR radio navigation aid by learning to fly in circles or follow the DME arc.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 7

Having successfully completed a simple VOR approach, in this lesson, we take it a level higher while introducing a nifty invention from Australia – the DME.

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 Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 6

In our previous lesson, we left off overhead Mangalore VOR station. We now continue on our planned route to Albury when some unexpected ATC requirements test our understanding of VOR intercepts before we put it all together to make a simple VOR approach.

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Back to Basics – Series 4 Lesson 5

Having got to grips with the NDB and how pilots use it to navigate and approach airfields, our instrument flying series now turns its attention to a more common and accurate radio navigation aid - the VOR.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 4

In our previous issue, we left you with some airborne homework, so you will be ready to fly one of the oldest types of radio navigation procedures, an NDB approach.

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