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The FAA Safety Policy Voice of Non-commercial General Aviation

The January/February 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on how to better "Know Your Aircraft." Feature articles cover each major section of an aircraft, highlighting the many design, performance and structural variations you’ll likely see and how they affect your flying. We’ll also take a fresh look at understanding aircraft energy management.

Know Your Aircraft

The January/February 2020 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on how to better "Know Your Aircraft." Feature articles cover each major section of an aircraft, highlighting the many design, performance and structural variations you’ll likely see and how they affect your flying. We’ll also take a fresh look at understanding aircraft energy management.

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Feature Articles

No Surprises! Keeping Control of Avionics and Automation No Surprises! Keeping Control of Avionics and Automation
The Beating Heart: How Your Engine Works and How to "Treat" It The Beating Heart: How Your Engine Works and How to "Treat" It
The Arthropod’s Revenge: How the Airplane’s Fuselage Has More in Common With Bugs Than Birds The Arthropod’s Revenge: How the Airplane’s Fuselage Has More in Common With Bugs Than Birds
L’Empennage: A Guided Tour of Your Plane’s Tail Feathers L’Empennage: A Guided Tour of Your Plane’s Tail Feathers
The Wing’s The Thing: How Wing Design Affects Your Ride, and How to Preflight for Safety The Wing’s The Thing: How Wing Design Affects Your Ride, and How to Preflight for Safety
Give Me a Brake ... And Maybe a Tire and a Strut Too: Understanding Your Undercarriages Give Me a Brake ... And Maybe a Tire and a Strut Too: Understanding Your Undercarriage
On The Money: Getting to Know Your Airplane as an Energy System On The Money: Getting to Know Your Airplane as an Energy System

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