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--Pilot Mike
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EST

Dr. Chien answers a question from a pilot with a Corneal Hole.


  • Corneal hole
  • Corneal infections
  • Eye surgery
  • Corneal transplants
  • Medical Certification with monocular vision

00:04:18 - 3.1MB

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Copyright © 2007

Direct download: ame005_2007.01.16.mp3
Category:audio -- posted at: 8:50am EST

CFIcast #2 - Cirrus Access, Type A students, Not getting the NOTAMS

Enjoy listening and learning as you eavesdrop on the Hangar Flying conversation with Certified Flight Instructors!

  • The CFIs comment on the Cirrus Access program as described by Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier on Pilotcast #51
  • What technique will work when teaching "Type A" students?
  • When the flight service station doesn't give you the NOTAMs you need. Types of NOTAMs and how to ask for them.
  • How to instruct and practice emergencies.
    • The ICAO prohibits CFIs from simulating engine failures.
    • Simulators are preferred.
    • Can't pull the mixture.
    • "Practicing bleeding."
    • Doing realistic simulation of failures.


The CFIcast #2 CFI panel:

  • Your host: Rick Durden, CFI, Aviation lawyer and author of "The Pilot's Lounge" column on and articles for AOPA Pilot and Aviation Safety, from Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Ron Levy, CFI, a P.I.C. 10 day course instructor from Maryland
  • Dr. Bruce Chien, M.D., CFI, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner from Peoria, Illinois from the The AMEcast Aviation Medicine podcast.
  • Jason Miller, CFI, from Oakland, California from The Finer Points aviation podcast.
  • Tony Condon, CFI, student and glider pilot from Ames, Iowa
Recorded Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 01:29:05 - 40.8MB


Theme Song: "Learn to Fly" by Josh Woodward

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Copyright © 2006, 2007
Direct download: cfi002_2007.01.07.mp3
Category:audio -- posted at: 12:01am EST

Alan Klapmeier, CEO and Co-Founder of Cirrus Design joins the hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent and Pilot Mike.

Cirrus' plans to respond to accidents and improve safety for Cirrus Owner/Pilots.

Alan Klapmeier's letter to Cirrus Owners (PDF) urging a focus on safety.

  • COPA - The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association
  • The Jet
  • The Cirrus Access Program
  • A new career path for instructors
  • Avoiding traffic and airspace.
  • Getting the word out that General Aviation is the not the problem of the airlines.
  • Disengenuous arguments

01:11:50 - 33.1MB Recorded 2006.12.05

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Direct download: Pilotcast_051_2007.01.02_Cirrus.mp3
Category:audio -- posted at: 11:21pm EST