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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Taking A Deeper Look


Airborne LIDAR mapping takes our pilot perspective one step further



Taking A Deeper LookMy happiest moments are spent in the sky surveying my kingdom.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Flight Control And Trim Anomalies


What the NTSB says you need to do after aircraft maintenance



Flight Control And Trim AnomaliesThe NTSB might have had in mind the situation I faced when it issued a new Safety Alert notifying pilots of the importance of performing thorough preflight checks when flying an aircraft for the first time after maintenance.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It’s The Little Stuff That Gets You


Everyone needs a wake-up call now and then



It’s The Little Stuff That Gets YouThe student was driving, and we had just been given clearance to take off.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Avionics Academy: How Will The FAA Monitor ADS-B Compliance?


And what happens if I’m not equipped in time?



Avionics Academy: How Will The FAA Monitor ADS-B Compliance?It's actually easier to answer the second part of that question than the first.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stupid Pilot Tricks


A couple of the really dumb things I did 40 years ago—or was it last year?—and got away with



Stupid Pilot TricksMy wife worked for Douglas Aircraft at the time, and she'd usually file for whatever vacation time she needed to turn what was nearly a nine- or 10-day holiday into two full weeks.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

From The Editor: Fly Smarter




From The Editor: Fly SmarterWe hope you're in the midst of making your summer flying dreams come true. Make the most of those extra hours of daylight!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Avionics Academy: Why Panel-Mount (TSO) Avionics Cost So Much


FAA regulations make avionics safe, reliable—and expensive



Avionics Academy: Why Panel-Mount (TSO) Avionics Cost So MuchThe answer has a lot to do with the way the avionics industry has developed in the last century.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Aviator Voice


Having “that” sound can’t be faked



The Aviator VoiceThe other day, as I was pushing my trusty mount out of the hangar, a pilot was having trouble getting a rental Cirrus back in the hangar next door, so I stopped and gave him a hand.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mastering Mountain Flying


The NTSB has issued a Safety Alert for those who fly over high places



Mastering Mountain FlyingAs part of its effort to reduce the number of general aviation accidents, the NTSB from time to time issues Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Florida Flying


I moved to Florida for great weather, a small town and an aerobatic box



Florida FlyingFor a pilot, South Florida is just a stepping stone and a 60-mile hop across the water to the Caribbean.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Frolicking In A Lake


Airplanes that can land on water combine the best of flying and floating



Frolicking In A LakeOne of the nice things about growing up in Alaska was the opportunity to fly a variety of airplanes.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

From The Editor: Flying Out Of The Country




From The Editor: Flying Out Of The CountryFlying to an exotic destination like the Bahamas may seem like a daunting, out-of-reach pipe dream.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Avionics Academy: Planning For Avionic Obsolescence


What can you do with your old GPS unit?



Avionics Academy: Planning For Avionic ObsolescenceThat's just one symptom of a larger problem—modern avionics simply can't be expected to last as long as old radio stacks.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It’s For You


While you’re flying an airplane is no time to be distracted by a cell phone



It’s For YouA pilot using a cell phone in flight, especially during a high work-load segment of a flight, may find the price that might be paid for giving too much attention to the phone is a lot higher than when on the ground.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hallway Monitors


Do we really need tattletales in our midst?



Hallway MonitorsThe voice had a very indignant tone to it. As if the tower should pay special attention to everything he said.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

See Better, Fly Better


Life-changing eye surgery—could it be for you?



See Better, Fly BetterOver the past few years, I had become increasingly dependent on my annoying prescription glasses.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

From The Editor: Sharpen Your Skills




From The Editor: Sharpen Your SkillsThere are many exciting ways to fine-tune your flying skills and learn new techniques while adding a new rating to your pilot certificate.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Andes: Home Of The Mountain Gods


They’re the second highest mountain range in the world, a stark contrast to the low-lying Amazon Delta



Andes: Home Of The Mountain GodsHead south from the U.S. toward Antarctica, and you'll wind up paralleling a chain of mountains longer and taller than anything else in the Western Hemisphere.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Avionics Academy: Why Not Portable ADS-B Out?


The 2020 FAA mandate stipulates that aircraft owners use a panel-mount solution



Avionics Academy: Why Not Portable ADS-B Out?After all, there are now dozens of portable ADS-B gizmos out there, all much cheaper than panel-mount, and VFR pilots can get by with portable GPS. So, why not portable ADS-B?
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Slips And Skids


Put a little rudder in it



Slips And SkidsIt's kind of a joke that most pilots don't know how to use their feet, especially jet jocks whose feet are flat on the floor most of the time they're flying.