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Understanding air density and its effects

By Jack Williams, USATODAY.com

In simple terms, density is the mass of anything – including air – divided by the volume it occupies.

In the metric system, which scientists use, we usually measure density in terms of kilograms per cubic meter.

The air’s density depends on its temperature, its pressure and how much water vapor is in the air. We’ll talk about dry air first, which means we’ll be concerned only with temperature and pressure.

In addition to a basic discussion of air density, we will also describe the effects of lower air density – such as caused by going to high altitudes – on humans, how humidity affects air density – you might be surprised – and the affects of air density of aircraft, baseballs, and even racing cars.

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Coast Flight Academy is excited to announce that we have the I-20 document capabilities!

This means that we are, now, able to flight train international students, from all over the world, in our Professional Pilot Program.

The I-20 is a document through which the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and U.S authorities differentiate between individuals who are in the United States for legitimate academic pursuits, and those who are not.

Coast Flight Academy is the only Cirrus Training Center in San Diego and we offer one of the best pilot training environments in the world so students can prepare themselves for a career in the aviation industry. Students enrolled in Coast Flight Academy’s Professional Pilot Program will receive all of their licenses/ratings, including Commercial Multi-Engine, in a matter of only 9 months. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to experience flying in every imaginable weather condition, fly in some of the busiest airspaces in the world, learn from Cirrus certified instructors and fly to a wide variety of airports in places such as Las Vegas, Tahoe and even Mexico http://iflycoast.com/destinations/.

Today is the time for you to take the step to realize your vision… and begin a new career path that will take you to new heights. If you or someone you know is interested in the Coast Flight Academy’s Professional Pilot Program. Contact us today as enrollment is limited, 858-279-4359.

For more information about the I-20 and the Visa process, please check out http://iflycoast.com/professional-pilot-training/

Notice Number: NOTC2092

In an effort to reduce pilot deviations in the Washington DC Special Flight Rules area, the FAA now has a regulatory training requirement for any pilot flying VFR within a 60 nautical mile radius of the Washington, DC VOR/DME. (more…)

INFORMATION BULLETIN

A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advising pilots, owners, operators, and maintenance personnel of potential hazards of resetting an opened circuit breaker on General Aviation aircraft was published on December 23, 2009, and then a revision was issued on January 14, 2010 that can be found (more…)

Becoming a pilot for a major airline, such as United and Northwest, takes years of hard work, dedication and perseverance.  Many aspiring pilots are under the impression, that upon completion of the Commercial license, they will be qualified to work for an airline immediately.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  The good news is there are many different options and routes pilots may take in order to achieve their final goal. (more…)

To many pilots, flying in metropolitan airspace is confusing and scary.  Trying to stay clear of class B airspace, avoiding other aircraft in the area and flying your aircraft, all at the same time, can be grueling and tedious!  Seasoned pilots know, initially, the San Diego area airspace looks challenging and complex; however, students training at Coast Flight Academy, located at Montgomery Field (KMYF), are better prepared and more confident, than the average pilot, with a variety of airports and airspace areas. (more…)

As a Cirrus pilot, you are on the forefront of aviation and should maintain proficiency in the aircraft in order to ensure overall safety.  This is why Cirrus has developed the Cirrus Pilot Learning Plan, for operators and owners, to ensure you stay current and proficient following your initial transition training. (more…)

The anticipation of the FAA Checkride is considered one the most nerve racking and stressful situations a pilot must go through in the course of their training.  Once the training is completed and the students has passed all written tests and stage check exams, the daunting Checkride is then scheduled.  Even though the Checkride is stressful and taxing, one should have total confidence in their abilities, as both the student’s flight instructor and the flight school have signed off the student; therefore, indicating they feel secure in their decision.  However, most students still feel the pressure. (more…)

Statistics indicate that human factor errors are involved in 85% of aircraft accidents.  A number of these accidents have been the result of hypoxia.  Coast Flight Training is one, of only a few, flight schools that offers a High-Altitude Chamber Training Course for its students.

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The term “mountain flying” may conjure up romantic images of aircraft flying over a spectacular mountain ranges with the orange and yellow sunsets gleaming over the horizon.  Such images of mountain flying are very romantic indeed, however, are quite simplistic as well.  As any pilot, with experience flying in mountainous areas, knows, soaring within this high territory can be far more grueling and dangerous that it appears. (more…)