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Brain Dichotomy Achoo!
My First Solo The Best Gift
Too Much Air Feeling the Heat
Flying While Impaired Gatekeepers


Accident Prevention

Top Ten Pilot Killers and How to Avoid Them
Safer and Better Approaches and Landings
Wake Turbulence Avoidance Through Situational Awareness
Maneuvering Flight - Article with Accident Analysis
Abnormal Procedures


Airborne and Special Operations Museum
American Airlines Flagship Detroit
Military Aviation Museum


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Accident Reconstructions

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ERA11FA414 This reconstruction describes a fatal accident involving a Cirrus SR22. An improperly secured oil dipstick led to oil starvation which resulted in catastrophic engine failure. The pilot stalled the airplane during the forced landing attempt. 5.56
MIA08FA070 This accident reconstruction details the collision, on the runway between a Velocity XL RG and a Vans RV-8. The accident happened in Florida on March 1, 2008. Three people were killed and a fourth was seriously injured. 3:39
ATL04FA190 This reconstruction shows the loss of control and subsequent inflight breakup of a Piper Saratoga. The crew consisted of two instrument flight instructors, one doing a checkout for the other. It happened in Georgia in September of 2004. 4:51
ATL06FA078 The importance of takeoff planning is illustrated in this accident reconstruction. An airline pilot and his passenger died in May of 2005 when a Cessna 150 was unable to climb over obstacles immediately after takeoff. 3:28
IAD05FA067 Maneuvering at low altitude is dangerous as illustrated by the crash of this Cessna 172 on the beach at Coney Island, New York in 2005. Four young people, including the flight instructor, lost their lives. 3:58
LAX03FA298 Runway collisions can happen even at controlled airports. Two pilots were seriously injured when a Piper Malibu Mirage and a Piper Arrow collided at the intersection of two runways in North Las Vegas. 2:32

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Important note about the courses valid for Wings credit: Upon completion of each course, a quiz will be presented. Once the quiz has been successfully completed, you will be taken to a form to notify me of your completion so that I can issue the Wings credit. I must issue the credit manually, so it is not instantaneous as with courses hosted on some other sites. Credit is usually issued within 24 hours, but may take up to a week if I am traveling. Please do not request credit via as that creates additional work and will result in a delay in your credit being issued. Once your credit has been issued by me, you will receive a verification email from

SEPT 25 AND OCT. 12, 2015

I will be out of the country and mostly without secure internet access during the above dates. Since the FAA requires that I access their server only via a secure connection, I will be probably be unable to issue course credit during those dates. Credit for any courses taken during that time will be issued by Oct. 13, 2015.


(Valid for FAA Wings Credit and CAP Safety Education Credit)

Help! My Brain is Trying to Kill me! (Also works on mobile devices)
This course is valid for the coveted Basic Knowledge-1 Wings credit. It discusses aeronautical decision making from a human factors perspective, particularly how cognitive biases can negatively influence our decisions. Some practical mitigation strategies are presented.

Psychology of Approach and Landing (Also works on mobile devices)
This is a Master Level Wings course that examines some of the psychological aspects of the approach and landing. It looks at how our brains can be influenced by our expectations and by illusions. The course will now work on most mobile devices. The course is valid for one Master Knowledge-2 Wings credit.

Improving the Margin (Also works on mobile devices)
This course examines the Taskload vs. Capabilities Graph. It explores some ways in which pilots can decrease their taskload and increase, or avoid decreasing their capabilities. Completion of the course is valid for one Advanced Knowledge-2 Wings credit.

Flying Abnormally
This course will explain the difference between emergency and abnormal procedures, provide some examples of abnormal procedures for use in general aviation, and discuss how to create your own set of abnormal procedures, customized to your airplane and your comfort level. The course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 2 Wings credit.

Why Did They Do That? - Vol. 1 CFIT
Why do competent, experienced pilots sometimes fly into terrain or obstacles? This course explores some human factors causes and suggests some mitigation strategies. The course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 Wings credit.
Why Did They Do That? - Vol. 2 Fuel Related Accidents
Fuel related accidents are among the most common kind of general aviation accidents, but are also among the most preventable. This course explores some of the underlying human factors causes of fuel related accidents and provides some mitigation strategies. The course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 Wings credit.
Why Did They Do That? - Vol. 3 Loss of Control Accidents (Also works on mobile devices)
Inflight loss of control has emerged as the number one causal factor for fatal general aviation accidents. On the premise that prevention is better than cure, this course will focus on practical ways to help prevent inflight loss of control rather than recovery techniques. In addition to the technical reasons for aircraft loss of control, this course will examine the human factors that are frequently underlying causes in LOC accidents. The course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 Wings credit.
Call the Ball! (Also works on mobile devices)
This course shows a few ways that airline and military procedures can be adapted for use in general aviation. The course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 Wings credit.
Avoiding Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) for VFR
This course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 credit and one, Advanced Knowledge 2 credit in the FAA Wings Program.
Avoiding Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) for VFR and IFR
This course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 credit and one, Master Knowledge 2 credit in the FAA Wings Program.
Checklists - What? Why? How? (Also works on mobile devices)
This course is valid for one, Basic Knowledge 3 credit in the FAA Wings Program.
FAASTeam Civil Air Patrol Note to Civil Air Patrol members: To insure that Safety Education Credit is received, make sure that your FAA Wings profile is updated with your CAP membership ID number.
(No FAA Wings Credit)
Propellers: Fixed Pitch and Constant Speed
Fuel Systems
The Pitot-Static System
Turning Tendencies (Video)
Weight and Balance
All Kinds of Flaps
Thrust, Drag, and the Power Curve
Wake Turbulence
Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI)
Holding Patterns
Stall Review
Power Loss


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