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SMAC122 Airmen Certification Standards Go Live and Climb Gradients Explained

ACS ElementsPreflight:

Welcome to Episode 122 of Stuck Mic AvCast. We have a great discussion today about the new Airmen Certification Standards. Also, we have been receiving feedback on climb gradients so we will explain how to calculate the required rate of climb. Before we take off there are a few things to go over on our preflight check list.


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Aerospace Students at Polk State College Get "Hired" T-Shirts at the open house. 

Cruise Flight:

Today Airmen Certification Standards (ACS) Go Live for the Private and Instrument rating. We will go through some of the highlights of ACS. For a an in depth explanation listen to Eric Crump Explain the new Airmen Certification Standard in episode 116. We are excited about the new ACS!

In this episode we will discuss climb gradients and calculating your rate of climb. One of the questions I receive while teaching IFR and a question often asked by examiners is "how do you know you will be safe while climbing to your cruise altitude".  Methods of calculating your rate of climb are discussed in the article Departure Procedure Climb Gradient And Calculating Your Rate Of Climb . We review these methods and provide tips used by pilots and instructors.

After Landing:

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