CalAero Blog

Preparing for a Small Plane Crash

Preparing a Small Airplane for an Anticipated Hard Landing

With all of the safety advances in equipment and in pilot training, the vast majority of airplane problems are surmountable, and even if an airplane makes its way to the ground against the will of the pilot, in the majority of cases things come out acceptable and nobody dies. As a matter of fact, after a person learns the basics...

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flying in small airplane for the first time

Some Things that Surprise First-Time Small-Airplane Passengers

Flying in a small aircraft or even going down the runway is especially valuable for a first-time, front-seat passenger. In this case, they can look down the runway while the airplane is accelerating (or, if it’s landing, while the airplane is approaching the runway). That view is fantastic, and it is not available for passengers in large airliners, this will...

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CAU scholarship opportunity

Minter Field Airport District AeroCamp Scholarship

Minter Field Airport District will award a $725 scholarship to 3 Kern County residents for Summer AeroCamp at California Aeronautical University Minter Field Airport recently announced its “Minter Field Airport District Scholarship,” a $725 scholarship awarded to three Kern County residents who attend California Aeronautical University’s summer aviation camp, AeroCamp. As a Kern County partner who shares California Aeronautical University’s...

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Oxygen for passengers in small planes

Why Small Planes Don’t Have Oxygen for Passengers & Pilots

Oxygen (O2) is the most vital of the gases that comprise our atmosphere.  The typical percent of oxygen in breathable air is 20.9%, although we can live with as little as 19.5%.  That’s a small spread.  And it’s not just the percent of oxygen that is important:  It is the pressure of the air, and the oxygen within that air,...

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Pilot communications

Pilot Communications

Let’s begin with this:  You can be a terrible communicator as a pilot, make every mistake I’m about to describe, and still have a safe and comfortable flight.  There is considerable finesse in handling pilot communications properly, but it is not the end of the world if you have flaws in your technique. Pilots are trained to use very specific...

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