Tag Archives: Aviation

Information about Flight Accidents

As a pilot your are always trying to improve your skills. Therefore it is always good to get reports on flight accidents, causes and possible failures. I actually like the Aviation Herald [1] quite much since it provides always the latest issues/incidents with quite good reports. Another quite good page is the Aviation Safety Network [2], which can provide you an overview of incidents for each year – which can be drilled down on the individual countries. If you are not a pilot please take in mind that flying is still the most safest way to travel. Businessinsider [3] gives you 12 reason for it.

Happy landings to all of you!

[1] The Aviation Herald

[2] Aviation Safety Network

[3] businessinsider.com, Flying is still the safest way to travel

Private Pilot Licence – Aerodynamics

2014-09-13 17.09.11So, second session – aerodynamics. In a nutshell: theoretical, mathematical and most of all very interesting. I mean, did you know that a plane is flying only by a 0.6% difference in air pressure between the lower and the upper part of the wing?

Furthermore did you know that the perfect aerodynamic body has an circle as form. This also refutes the common myth that you need this well known aerodynamic form, where two particles, which enters the form at the beginning, will meet at the end again. No, a plane is flying because it is sucked up into the air! NASA has explained this myths in detail, as you can read on [1],[2],[3].

If you think that aerodynamics is just applied science, then have a look on the Navier-Stokes equations [4] which are relevant for aerodynamics. Its one of the Millenium problems worth 1 Mio USD if you manage to  resolve this problem.

[1] NASA, Incorrect Lift Theory 1

[2] NASA, Incorrect Lift Theory 2

[3] NASA, Incorrect Lift Theory 3

 [4], Wikipedia, Navier–Stokes equations

Private Pilot Licence – The take-off

A long childhood dream is finally coming to truth. After back and forth I finally took the decision to do the private pilot licence. Since I am living in Vienna, the decision was clear for me to do it somewhere close by. So first of all I meet a friend of a friend (what a cliche) who was in the middle of the course and gave me some first insights. At this point I would like to refer to his blog, which is very good: [3].
Then after some time has passed I made up a meeting with a flight trainer from Pilotenclub Wien [1], which informed me about all requirements, processes and costs.

So main points from this discussion I picked up has been:

  • It is required to do a proper medial check (Medical Class 2).
  • The course is split up in a theoretical part and a practical part, whereby they are independent from each other. Only for the practical course you have to complete the first three lessons of the theoretical course.
  • The theoretical course takes around 120 classroom hours and is split into various topic areas. For the final exam you have to do an internal pre-test.
  • For the practical training your have to decide for a plane as well as for 2 trainers, whereby the trainers can be changed within the course. For the machine, it might be possible to change once, but definitely not more often. The training itself is also split up into 4 stages.

After that I decided to sign up for the membership in Pilotenclub Wien [1] and additionally I signed up for the course, which organised by 3fly.at [2] but actually held by MFU Wien [4]. It should be noted that 3fly.at is a cooperation between 3 pilot clubs to bundle their resources.

So then followed by one month of waiting, last weekend my course finally started. Saturdays from 09:00 to 18:00 – learning like in the old days!


We started off with an introduction into the training itself, a short overview about each topic area followed by the first big chapter: general aviation, where all kind of parts of an aeroplane are described. A first highlight has been the sit-in during lunch-time, where we could sit into all kind of machines which are available for the practical training.

After finishing a long hard day, I am already looking forward for next weeks class. And to be honest – the most forward looking classroom training is the third one, since after that I can start with the practical lessons!

[1] Pilotenclub Wien

[2] 3fly.at

[3] WB8 Flugschülerblog

[4] MFU Wien