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Canadian Xpress® Flying VFR Basics
These lessons demonstrate various aircraft systems and how to handle an aircraft without the use of automated flight control systems.

UNDERSTANDING FLIGHT
  • Four forces of flight.
  • Center of gravity.
  • Aircraft axis.
  • Make coordinated turns with proper rudder pressure.
  • Understand aircraft performance and limitations.
  • Make appropriate engine and configuration changes to comply with ATC instructions.
  • Choose a heading to compensate for winds aloft to follow a consistent ground track +- 10 degrees.
  • Start the aircraft from a cold condition, bring all aircraft systems to flight readiness, and return the aircraft to cold after parking at the end of the flight.
  • Taxi, take off, level, cruise, approach and land the aircraft within the published engine, configuration, and airspeed parameters.
  • Understand emergencies appropriate for the aircraft type and how to conduct them on the VATSIM network provided ATC approval is secured prior to commencing the emergency.

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AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
  • Power plant.
  • Propellers.
  • Wings and Empennage.
  • Landing gear.

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BASIC FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS
  • Altimeter.
  • Airspeed indicator.
  • Artificial horizon.
  • Turn and bank.
  • Vertical speed indicator.
  • Directional gyro.
  • Wet compass.
  • Outside air temperature.
  • Engine instruments.

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PITOT / STATIC SYSTEM
  • Pitot heat.

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NAVIGATION, INSTRUMENT AND AIRCRAFT LIGHTS
  • VOR Navigation.
  • NDB Navigation.
  • Aircraft lights.

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