Advanced Skills

CASA has released a Civil Aviation Advisory Publication offering pilots advice on how to best prepare for and handle ditching events.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

What does the red line on your ASI mean? It seems to say bad things might happen if the pointer goes past that mark. Jim Davis disagrees. Here he explains why things can sometimes go seriously wrong way before the needle gets near the red.

Not all that comfortable with a long flight over strange territory? Jim Davis has some tips that will turn this potentially scary flight into one that is not only safe, but also a whole lot of fun.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

Want to see the club greybeard twitch and foam? Just mention a low level turn after take-off. Jim Davis looks at the dragons that lurk around this seemingly benign manoeuvre.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

Aiming to make safer pilots of us, here veteran instructor Jim Davis looks at extracts from official CAA Accident Reports from his own homeland of South Africa and analyses why things went wrong and how we may all avoid making similar mistakes.

With decades spent in the cockpits of countless aircraft, Jim Davis intimately understands the importance of a solid vital actions checklist. Here Jim explains exactly what is so vital about these actions, and shares tales of the spillage of blood, or near spillage, for almost every one of them.

While night ratings don’t have a use-by date, instrument flying skills do. By Jim Davis.

When you Aviate, Navigate and Communicte, these are not one-off things. By Jim Davis.