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Cross Country Flight Planning
Commonly Misunderstood Knowledge Areas
Date and Time:
Saturday, December 3, 2022, starting at 09:00 Pacific Standard Time Download Calendar File
Graham Harbman
Brief Description:

Stage Check Instructor Graham will review the most common topics he sees students falter on during stage checks, flight reviews, and advanced training. Using his insight into commonly misunderstood knowledge areas, he will guide you on your way to becoming a better pilot by digging deeper into fundamental aspects of flying safely. Mastering these weak areas will increase your confidence and propel you forward in your aviation career. Feel confident walking into your checkride or enjoy a thorough refresher toward your flight review.

Topics include 
Preflight planning:

  • How does a change in CG affect load factor and thus performance and stability?
  • What is Va? Why does it change with aircraft weight and why does it matter?
  • What is the difference between TAS, IAS and Ground Speed, and why does it matter for navigation planning?
  • What are the most common misunderstandings when dealing with inoperative equipment?

XC planning:

  • What is the difference between TAS, IAS and Ground Speed, and why does it matter for navigation planning?
  • Deciding to divert, what's the best process?
  • What is the most common mistake on a diversion?
  • Why should flaps be used or not used in gusty/windy/turbulent conditions?
  • And much more.


Graham Harbman, is a former Navy pilot and currently specializes in conducting mock Private Pilot practical exams for students at AeroDynamic Aviation.

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Location of Seminar:
AeroDynamic Aviation
2650 Robert Fowler Way

San Jose, CA 95148
Directions to Venue:

Our seminar will be held at the AeroDynamic Aviation building at Reid-Hillview Airport (KRHV) in San Jose. Our classroom is just inside the main office entrance.

This event is also being held as a webinar. Please search this title in webinars if you'd like to attend via Google Meet.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
40 seats at the facility, 13 remaining for online registration.
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Contact Information:
AeroDynamic Aviation
Phone: (408)320-9614
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

Prior to attending a safety seminar, please review and abide by current CDC, state, and local health guidelines.


Special thanks to AeroDynamic for hosting this seminar in their classroom.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
FAASTeam Project Information:
National Project:
Any Safety Event held based upon data/risk
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