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CG Location

Why Does CG Location Affect Your Airplane's Performance? When you load up your plane for a flight, you need to make sure you're within your center of gravity (CG) limits. And you probably know that when your CG moves... Read More



Power-On Stalls

5th October at 8:06am

Power-On Stalls Happen Where You Least Expect Them. Ask someone where they think a power-on stall is likely to happen, and they usually say "takeoff". But there are relatively few power-on stall accidents during takeoff... Read More



Wing Washout

19th September at 8:15am

How Wing Washout Makes Your Airplane More Stable. At first glance, it looks like the wings are straight on most light aircraft. But that's not actually the case. Almost all aircraft have something called washout built... Read More



Carbureted vs Fuel Injected

The Pros And Cons Of Carbureted vs. Fuel Injected Engines. There are two main types of fuel induction systems in airplanes: carburetors, fuel injectors. Each system has benefits and drawbacks - here's why.... Read More



Confused In The Clouds

2nd September at 8:35am

6 Ways Pilots Get Confused In The Clouds (And How To Prevent It). As fall approaches, we'll start seeing more gray, IFR days. And that's important, because 5-10% of all general aviation accidents result from spatial... Read More



Best Glide Or Minimum Sink

19th August at 8:30am

If Your Engine Fails, Should You Fly Best Glide Or Minimum Sink? When you think about power off landings, there are probably a lot of things that go through your head, like finding an airport within gliding distance... Read More



Follow The VASI

17th August at 9:00am

Should You Follow The VASI On Final Approach? It's a question debated by flight instructors and pilots around the country... after flying a traffic pattern, should you use the VASI as a descent aid for final approach... Read More



Power-Off 180 Landings

10th August at 8:59am

Why Every Pilot Should Practice Power-Off 180 Landings. It's unlikely you'll ever have an engine failure abeam the aim point markers on downwind...so why are power-off 180s so important to practice?... Read More



How Turbofan Engines Work

21st July at 7:43am

How Does A Turbofan Engine Work?. When you board an airline flight, you might not spend much time thinking about the engines. But they're the only reason that 700,000 pounds of aluminum and passengers can hurtle through... Read More



Spin Recovery Explained

16th July at 6:45am

The 4 Steps Of Spin Recovery, Explained. Have you ever practiced a spin? If you have (and even if you haven't), you've probably heard the recovery acronym "PARE". But do you know what each step is for?... Read More



Flying In Hot Weather

7th July at 7:35am

3 Rules-Of-Thumb For Flying In Hot Weather. When the weather gets hot, these rules-of-thumb can help. 1) Density altitude increases or decreases about 120 feet for each 1°C from ISA.... Read More



Turboprop Engines

22nd June at 8:45am

How A Turboprop Engine Works. Turboprop engines combine the reliability of jets, with the efficiency of propeller driven aircraft at low to mid altitudes.... Read More



Flight Controls Check

10th June at 8:30am

Why You Need A Flight Controls Check Before Every Flight The Cessna 172 started its takeoff roll, but just a few seconds in, the pilot knew he had a problem.... Read More



A Great Short Field Takeoff

1st June at 1:30pm

How To Make A Great Short Field Takeoff. Taking off from a short runway? Does your runway have trees or buildings at the end of it? Then it's time for you to dust your short-field takeoff skills. Here's how you'll do it.... Read More



Power-Off Landing

30th May at 8:10am

How To Handle A Power-Off Landing Following An Engine Failure. When you think about power off landings, there are probably a lot of things that go through your head, like finding an airport within gliding distance... Read More



Wings and Dihedrals

20th May at 9:00am

Why Do Your Wings Have Dihedral? If you look closely at the wings on most aircraft, they're tilted up slightly. Why would they ever do that? It's not because you pulled too many Gs on your last flight.... Read More



Ground Effect

14th May at 7:00am

Ground Effect: What Really Happens When You Get Close To The Ground. Love it or hate it, ground effect plays a big part in your landings (and takeoffs).... Read More



A Perfect Crosswind Takeoff

10th May at 7:32am

How To Make A Perfect Crosswind Takeoff. Crosswind on takeoff might not seem like that big of a deal, but if you don't add correction you could end up skipping down, or off, the runway. And nobody wants that to happen.... Read More



Leading Edge Slats

22nd April at 9:30am

Here's How Leading Edge Slats Get You Off The Ground. If you're flying a piston aircraft, chances are, you don't have slats. Unless, of course, you're flying a STOL aircraft. But if you're flying a swept-wing jet, chance... Read More



What's More Dangerous

20th April at 8:30am

What's More Dangerous: Light Or Strong Crosswinds? When you think of landing accidents that happen in a crosswind, you usually think of windy days. Really windy days. And it's true, a lot of landing accident do happen wh... Read More



Power-On Stalls

13th April at 7:45am

Power-On Stalls Happen Where You Least Expect Them. Ask someone where they think a power-on stall is likely to happen, and they usually say "takeoff". But there are relatively few power-on stall accidents during takeoff.... Read More



In-Flight Electrical Fire

28th March at 9:30am

How To Survive An In-Flight Electrical Fire. Ask any experienced pilot what they think is the worst in-flight emergency, and they'll probably tell you "fire." Most pilots feel comfortable with their ability to land an ai... Read More



Soft Field Landings

23rd March at 7:20am

How To Make A Perfect Soft Field Landing. Spring is here, which means if you're planning to touch down on a grass or dirt strip soon, it's time to brush up on your soft-field landing skills.... Read More



Stall Speed & Bank Angle

9th March at 10:00am

Why Does Stall Speed Increase With Bank Angle? When you bank while maintaining altitude, your stall speed increases. And it's something that you need to be aware of, especially when you're in the traffic pattern. So why ... Read More



How to Prevent Spatial Disorientation

25th February at 8:00am

How To Prevent The 6 Types Of Spatial Disorientation. Flying through the clouds on an IFR flight can be one of the most exciting things you do as a pilot. But between 5-10% of all general aviation accidents result from s... Read More



How A Propeller Generates Thrust

14th February at 9:00am

How A Propeller Generates Thrust, You probably know how an engine starts and runs, but how exactly do propellers generate thrust? The answer is relatively simple, and it all goes back to how lift is created and directed.... Read More



Your Alternator Just Failed. Now What?

4th February at 8:30am

You're cruising along, when suddenly your low voltage light turns on. Now what? Your alternator is your aircraft's primary source of electricity, and when it fails, you need to start making some decisions. But first, why... Read More



Choosing Your Flight School

12th January at 7:30am

The 12 Steps For Choosing Your Flight School. Choosing a flight school is tough. Here's what you need to know... 1) Decide On Your Pilot Goals. Before anything else, you need to ask yourself what your long-term goals in ... Read More



Should Pilots Demonstrate Spins

5th January at 9:35am

Should All Pilots Be Required To Demonstrate Spins? Have you ever spun a plane? For most pilots, the answer is "no". But that wasn't always the case. Today, spin training is only required for flight instructor applicants... Read More



Simple Practice

3rd January at 7:45am

How Simple Practice On Your Next Flight Could Prevent An Accident. When you're training for a new certificate or rating, you practice. A lot. And whether that practice is short-field landings for your private pilot check... Read More



Rules-Of-Thumb

20 Dec 2016 at 9:30am

Rules-Of-Thumb Every Pilot Should Know. Flying gets a lot easier once you know some basic rules-of-thumb. Here are 7 of the best rules, and how to use them. 1) When To Abort A Takeoff: The 50/70 Rule. A general rule for ... Read More



Don't Land With A Tailwind

15 Dec 2016 at 8:50am

Why You Shouldn't Land With A Tailwind. From the moment you start learning to fly, you're taught to not land with a tailwind. But is it really that bad? Here are three landing accident reports from the NTSB that prove it... Read More



How Winglets Work

08 Dec 2016 at 10:45am

This Is How Winglets Work. What does a winglet do - besides make an airplane look cool? They're known to increase performance, increasing range and decreasing fuel burn - but why? Winglets oppose the drag wingtip vortice... Read More



Your Engine Just Quit

01 Dec 2016 at 6:15am

Your Engine Just Quit, Should You Land On A Road Or A Field? When your engine fails, where should you land? Awhile back, we posted a video of a pilot making a forced landing on a highway. The landing was a success, and f... Read More



Crosswind Takeoffs

22 Nov 2016 at 7:15am

How To Make A Perfect Crosswind Takeoff. Crosswind on takeoff might not seem like that big of a deal, but if you don't add correction you could end up skipping down, or off, the runway. And nobody wants that to happen. W... Read More



Fly As A Crew

17 Nov 2016 at 9:15am

Prevent A Crash By Learning To Fly As A Crew. Have you ever flown in someone else's airplane? Have you had another pilot fly in your airplane? The answer to both of those questions is probably yes.... Read More



The Affects of Interference Drag

10 Nov 2016 at 8:30am

How Interference Drag Affects The Performance Of Your Airplane. To fly efficiently, it's important that you understand how drag affects your airplane in different phases of flight. Here's what you should know about one o... Read More



Why Is Landing So Hard

29 Oct 2016 at 7:30am

Why Is Landing So Hard After Shooting A Perfect ILS? Two days ago, a 737 slid off the runway at LaGuardia airport. The jet was carrying vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence, as well as a group of campaign staff and med... Read More



Power-On Stalls

18 Oct 2016 at 8:45am

Ask someone where they think a power-on stall is likely to happen, and they usually say "takeoff". But there are relatively few power-on stall accidents during takeoff, mostly because pilots are focused on one thing: tak... Read More



Composite VS. Base Radar

06 Oct 2016 at 11:15am

When you're checking radar before your flight, you always see two radar options: composite reflectivity, and base reflectivity. When you look at both, they sometimes look the same, and other times they look very differen... Read More



Skids VS. Slips

23 Sep 2016 at 11:15am

Why Skids Are More Dangerous Than Slips. You may have heard that a skid during a stall is more dangerous than a slip, and it's true. But, why? Stall-spin accidents have been a problem since the first days of flight. Most... Read More



Why Become A Pilot

17 Sep 2016 at 2:25pm

10 Reasons You Should Be A Pilot. Thinking about becoming a pilot? Here are 10 reasons you should start right now. 10) Nothing beats your first solo flight.The minute you lift off the ground, you realize you're the only ... Read More



Emergencies That Scare All Pilots

07 Sep 2016 at 9:00am

7 Emergencies That Scare All Pilots. In your flying career, you'll experience challenges and possibly an emergency. Hopefully it's not one of these...... Read More



Survive An Electrical Fire

30 Aug 2016 at 9:10am

How To Survive An In-Flight Electrical Fire. Ask any experienced pilot what they think is the worst in-flight emergency, and they'll probably tell you "fire." Most pilots feel comfortable with their ability to land an ai... Read More



Slow & Fast in the Traffic Pattern

25 Aug 2016 at 8:50am

How Do You Fly A Traffic Pattern With Fast And Slow Aircraft? You're entering the traffic pattern at a non-towered airport, and there's an aircraft in front of you. It's a J-3 Cub, and its pattern speed is 20 knots slowe... Read More



Learn From Student Pilots

20 Aug 2016 at 10:37am

6 Tips You Can Learn From Student Pilots For Your Everyday Flying. As pilots, there's a lot we were taught during training that applies to us each and every day we fly. But there are some things you probably had to do as... Read More



A Go-Around can be dangerous

09 Aug 2016 at 7:20am

Go-arounds are in the news again. The latest accident being an Emirates Boeing 777 that crash-landed with its gear up after attempting a go-around. And it doesn't matter if you're flying a Boeing 777 or a single-engine p... Read More



The 50/70 Rule

28 Jul 2016 at 8:30am

The 50/70 Rule Could Save Your Next Takeoff. Will you make your takeoff before you're out of runway? It's not an question you want be asking yourself on your takeoff roll, especially as you approach rotate speed. So how ... Read More



Tricycle Gear Problems On The Ground

09 Jul 2016 at 9:35am

It's Not Just Tailwheel Aircraft That Have Problems On The Ground. If you've ever flown a tailwheel aircraft, you know they can be more unstable on the ground than a tricycle gear. And while tricycle gear aircraft usuall... Read More



Your Magnetic Compass

07 Jul 2016 at 9:32am

What You Need To Know About Your Magnetic Compass. If You're A Pilot, This Is What You Need To Know About Your Magnetic Compass. Since the beginning of flight, pilots have been using the magnetic compass for navigation.... Read More



How Turbofan Engines Work

09 Jun 2016 at 10:00am

How Does A Turbofan Engine Work? When you board an airline flight, you might not spend much time thinking about the engines. But they're the only reason that 700,000 pounds of aluminum and passengers can hurtle through t... Read More



Spin vs. Graveyard Spiral

07 Jun 2016 at 1:00pm

What's The Difference Between A Spin And A Graveyard Spiral? Neither one sounds good, and both can end in disaster. But, both of them can be recovered, if you follow the right steps.... Read More



Soft Field Landings

07 Jun 2016 at 9:30am

6 Things You Need To Remember During Soft Field Landings. So you think you're ready to land on grass? Landing on a soft-surfaced runway can be a ton of fun, but requires a few different steps compared to a conventional h... Read More



How Landing Gear Struts Work

26 May 2016 at 10:15am

No matter how hard we all try, not every landing is perfect. But thanks to landing gear struts, even a not-so-perfect landing doesn't break your airplane into pieces.... Read More



Why Do Aircraft Engines Have Two Spark Plugs Per Cylinder

19 May 2016 at 8:25am

When it comes to spark plugs, are two really better than one? Most car engines have just one spark plug per cylinder, and that seems to work just fine. But when it comes to airplanes, dual spark plugs are important for 3... Read More



How Do Stall Strips Work

12 May 2016 at 9:30am

Stall strips create a more controlled stall across the wing, as well as increased wing buffeting before a full stall occurs. So how do they work? It starts with something called the stagnation point.... Read More



How CofG Affects Performance

25 Apr 2016 at 12:30pm

When you load up your airplane with passengers, bags, and fuel, you need to make sure you're within the center of gravity (CG) limits. And you probably know that when you move your CG forward or aft, it affects your airp... Read More



What Causes Engine Fires During Start?

18 Apr 2016 at 12:30pm

Understanding how an engine starts is pretty straightforward. If you can visualize when and why each step happens, learning aircraft systems becomes a lot less intimidating. What many pilots don't realize is that engine ... Read More



13 Training Tips For Every Student Pilot

13 Apr 2016 at 12:30pm

Have you started flight training? Here are a few tips that will help you become an awesome pilot. 1 - There's nothing wrong with armchair flying. Bring a checklist copy home with you and get more familiar with your cockp... Read More



Prevent Disaster On Your Base-To-Final Turn

03 Mar 2016 at 12:30pm

Overshooting your base-to-final turn can be a problem. Getting yourself back on course can be deadly. Here's how you can stay safe. When you're in the traffic pattern, your base-to-final turn is the most important, and ... Read More



Mongena Lodge Fly Away

29 Feb 2016 at 1:20pm

The CFA Team and Students alike took a trip to Mongena Game Lodge. Located north of Pretoria, Mongena is a beautiful game lodge with Zebra and Nyala herd living within the gardens, which can be viewed from the Breakfast ... Read More



The Porpoise Landing

22 Feb 2016 at 9:00am

They say any landing you walk away from is a good one, but that's not always the case. Sometimes landings are bad, and other times they're downright dangerous. Porpoising on landing is a perfect example. If you don't cor... Read More



What You Need To Know About Your Magnetic Compass

27 Jan 2016 at 9:00am

If You're A Pilot, This Is What You Need To Know About Your Magnetic Compass. Since the beginning of flight, pilots have been using the magnetic compass for navigation. It doesn't matter if you're flying a Piper Cub or a... Read More



Left Turning Tendencies

07 Jan 2016 at 9:00am

Why You Need Right Rudder To Stay On Centerline. "More right rudder!" It's something you've probably heard from your flight instructor. And they most likely said (or shouted) it during takeoff, as you were careening towa... Read More



Mabalingwe Fly Away

07 Dec 2015 at 9:22am

Sunday 6th of December 2015, 0600 Zulu, the safari fly-away took off from Rand Airport and set course for Mabalingwe Nature reserve. The reserve is situated 28km west of Bela-Bela in the Limpopo province north of Gauten... Read More



Sun City Fly Away

On Sunday the 31st May 2015, CFA undertook yet another successful Fly-Away. The destination was the much loved Pilansberg Airport, a mere 11km from Sun City. With 5 aircrat packed and ready, including golf clubs stowed i... Read More



CAA - "SMS is not a one-size-fits-all"

14 Apr 2015 at 11:00am

As we have touched broadly on the safety legislative framework, successful implementation of both the SSP and SMS will help the state aviation safety assurance. Safety management provisions state that the SSP and SMS are... Read More



CAA - What is a State Safety Programme (SSP)?

14 Apr 2015 at 10:40am

The main objective of the SSP is the improvement of safety in the State. Therefore, States are required to establish an SSP in order to achieve an acceptable level of safety in civil aviation. This is achieved through t... Read More



Mongena Lodge Fly Away

01 Apr 2015 at 9:15am

Located North of Wonderboom Airport this tranquil 4 star Lodge is a well-hidden secret for a Fly Away breakfast or a very relaxing weekend break away.... Read More



On A Mission - Best Practices On Thunderstorm Avoidance

24 Mar 2015 at 9:45am

The best advice when dealing with thunderstorms is "don't"; The pros offer their strategies on avoidance. - By Thomas P. Turner. Thunderstorms can impede our progress any time of the year. If we kept the plane in the ha... Read More



Taxi Smack

18 Mar 2015 at 4:15pm

Driving the airplane to and from the runway is a piece of cake, right? Not for the dozens who prang something each year. Many pilots appear to have the attitude that a flight begins with takeoff and ends when the airplan... Read More



The Problem With Flight Training

11 Mar 2015 at 10:30am

The Problem With Flight Training - How modern flight instruction is training pilots to make fatal mistakes. - By Rich Stowell, MCFI-A.... For a long time now, loss-of-control accidents in general aviation have been drive... Read More



Safety Letter - Take-off Emergency!

As a South African flying school it is our responsibility to instill safety conscious habits in all our students. Let's take a particular scenario : You're lined up on the runway, the pre-departure checklists complete, r... Read More



Secunda Fly-in

05 Sep 2014 at 10:57am

Our monthly Sunday Fly Away weekend was not dampened by the threatening weather that we had planned to Zebula Lodge. as all was clear we decided to head South and had an amazing flight to Secunda where all 5 aircraft lan... Read More


Bristell Southern Africa

We are the Southern African distributer for BRM Aero’s BRISTELL aircraft. BRM AERO LTD offers excellent customer service, maintenance work and any kind of modification, as part of their standard service - Visit www.bristell.co.za for more information.