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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drug Use Trends


The NTSB publishes a study focusing on the possible impairing effects of drugs



Drug Use TrendsThe NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Too Late Gives No Warning


If you have dreams, put them into action today



Too Late Gives No WarningThey live their retirement dreams before retiring.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Truckee


Honoring women in aviation



TruckeeI was faced with the decision to cancel an air show I had booked the winter before—the Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Dangers Of CFIT


It’s one of the most common probable causes of IFR accidents



The Dangers Of CFIT If you fly IFR long enough, you'll probably have the unpleasant experience of knowing someone who'll die in an IFR accident.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of Pilot




From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of PilotOur comprehensive 2015 Buyer's Guide features aircraft for all kinds of pilots, from light-sport planes and single pistons to turboprops and jets.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Your Engine Talks To You


A mid-season engine change



When Your Engine Talks To YouIf you drive down Sheridan Road just outside the perimeter of the Tulsa International Airport, you'll find a row of small industrial buildings housing aviation engine, machine and hose shops.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flying The Middle East


These days, the most intelligent advice might be simply, “Don’t”



Flying The Middle EastThe Sinai Desert isn't very big, but it certainly looks forbidding from the air: desolate black, hot mountains, seas of sand, and large plains of heat and misery.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From The Editor: Red Rock Country




From The Editor: Red Rock CountrySedona, Ariz., is known for red rock formations that come alive in the low light of sunrise and sunset.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Heart Transplant


Overhauls, new sounds, the Old Gal labors on



Heart TransplantI've known for a while my engine wasn't totally happy.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ice You Can’t See Out The Window


Extra awareness is needed to detect the onset of induction system icing



Ice You Can’t See Out The WindowSome pilots may harbor the mistaken notion that if the airplane they're flying doesn't have a carburetor, they don't need to be concerned about the possibility of induction system icing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Different Kind Of Calendar


Our year begins and ends in Wisconsin



A Different Kind Of CalendarIf, at any given time, there are around 200,000 people on the grounds at the Oshkosh orgy of aviation, then there are probably the same number of reasons why they're there.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are They Crying Wolf?


Piloting skill and judgment involves recognizing which information is pertinent



Are They Crying Wolf?He falsely claimed he was being attacked by the wolf so often that when the wolf really did appear, no one came to help.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Energy Management


Turning science into art



Energy ManagementEnergy management is a pilot's most important task.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Learning To Trust Turbos


Once regarded by some pilots as inventions of the devil, turbochargers have gained respectability



Learning To Trust TurbosLike the vast majority of pilots, I learned to fly in a relatively innocent two-seater.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From The Editor: Aviating, Kiwi Style




From The Editor: Aviating, Kiwi StyleNew Zealand is known for its dramatic topography—snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, fjords—and as pilots, we're fortunate to experience natural beauty from the air.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sky King, Roy And The Gang


Was it a time of innocence or the formation of a generation?



Sky King, Roy And The GangIt doesn't seem that long ago that more than just the TV was black-and-white.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Asiana Flight 214


The airplane was too high on the approach, until it became too low



Asiana Flight 214Are there lessons for pilots of comparatively small general aviation aircraft to learn from the crash of a large Boeing 777 packed with 309 people?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Instant Family


The benefits of joining flying clubs



Instant FamilyI've never thought of myself as a joiner.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Easy Creeping


A partial solution to one of those irritating chores associated with aircraft maintenance



Easy CreepingI was cleaning the belly of my Mooney a while back following an annual inspection, and not enjoying the task.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

From The Editor: Mentorship




From The Editor: MentorshipIt was one of the highlights of last year's EAA AirVenture, so I eagerly signed up again this year: an afternoon spent mentoring three young women who have an interest in aviation photography.