UVA Pilot Guides
This is a new series that will gradually expand as time permits. Written by the Training Dept. staff,
a given topic in expanded detail, topics that may not be thoroughly covered elsewhere, or that may be
more complex or difficult to understand.
A discussion of holds, their proper entries, speeds and distances and basic principles.
SIDs & STARs
SID & STAR usage is critical for operations on VATSIM, and expected for every checkride you fly. This
guide provides some background information, details the concepts, explains the charts and then outlines
how to fly them. It should get you up to speed quickly.
METARs & TAFs
You cannot fly, if you do not know the weather. Now METARs and TAFs are very narrow airport focused
conditions and forecasts, but they are critical for takeoff and landing operations. Here you will find
the basics explained, and then a comprehensive practical listing of examples with decoding explanations,
including some some of the less often used, cryptic RMK section codes.
Aircraft Performance & Theory
This is a thorough review of flight theory, from the basics of lift, gravity, thrust and drag, to the
nitty gritty equations and theory. It is not so much an introductory piece, but most anyone can wade
right in to some depth. Version 3. Updated March 2015.
This guide first covers the basics of Instrument Approaches, but then also delves in depth to give you
the background and design theory, and even tickles your fancy by covering some of the less commonly
available approaches. Version 2, updated Dec 2014.
An advanced, in-depth guide on Flight Planning, the "what", "when" and "why" plus a review of the weather
charts that play an important role in every flight planning. Version 2, updated Dec 2014.
An in-depth look at Meteorology, from general atmospheric circulation to hazardous weather, the ideal
companion to both the METARs and TAFs and the Flight Planning Guides. Version 2, updated Jan 2015.
A list of the many codes used in the NOTAMs, quite useful to decipher those cryptic but important
A full description and in-depth explanation of the flight controls, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, air
conditioning and anti-ice systems on modern airplanes.
Air navigation is the process of planning and safely executing a route from one airport to
another, according to preset rules, adhering to established route practices, taking into account
weather, terrain, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and airplane performance variables. Find a general overview
in this manual. Version 2, updated Dec 2014.
Complete discussion of reciprocating engines and turbines, covering the theory, design, operation and