What happens when an aircraft alternator fails?

2021-07-06T15:22:45-05:00June 1st, 2021|

Private and commercial pilot training includes some basic information on systems failures and what to expect in case of an electrical malfunction but there is no substitute for experiencing the real thing. I can now speak from experience after an alternator failure on a recent cross-country flight and it wasn’t quite what I expected. On [...]

Does anyone still monitor the distress frequency 121.5 MHz?

2021-03-29T21:46:49-05:00March 29th, 2021|

The answer to this question is yes and no, because there are different kinds of monitoring of this international distress frequency. In the U.S., air traffic control towers, FSS services, national air traffic control centers and other flight and emergency services continuously monitor the 121.5 MHz frequency. Many commercial aircraft also monitor this frequency which [...]

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