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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.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What In The World Were They Thinking?


Things some pilots do can make you scratch your head in disbelief



What In The World Were They Thinking?If you pay even moderate attention to NTSB accident reports, you're likely to become a safer pilot by osmosis as you absorb the mistakes made by other pilots.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Disappearing Airliners


The simplest solution is usually overlooked



Disappearing AirlinersOkay, I know that airliners spend a lot of their time being tracked on someone's radar scope and talking to ATC, so the assumption is that someone, somewhere knows exactly where they are at all times.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Eyes Have It


Okay, so Yeager doesn’t wear sunglasses. You probably still should.



The Eyes Have ItI don't know about you, but if you're like me (and I know I am), you've probably sat on, stepped on, lost or broken at least five or six dozen pairs of sunglasses during your flying career.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

From The Editor: It’s All In The Rudder




From The Editor: It’s All In The RudderAre you using rudder as much as you should be?
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?


The promise of ADS-B needs to be accompanied by a reality check



ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?It won't be for a few years, but we'll eventually know whether the FAA's automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system will meet expectations of its advocates as being the greatest thing since sliced bread for both pilots and air traffic controllers.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

And Life Goes On


People in our lives we don’t know but should



And Life Goes OnToday has been a hard one for those of us who follow history: First thing this morning, I learned that Alex Vraciu, America's highest-scoring surviving ace, had died.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Flying The Bronco


In the OV-10 cockpit at Cal Fire



Flying The BroncoThe prototype for one of the world's coolest airplanes was built in a garage.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Joys Of Pressurization


Pressurization is general aviation’s ultimate creature comfort



The Joys Of PressurizationAirplanes are different animals
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-B




From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-BSport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One Man’s Junk Is…


We all have junkyard dreams—or do we?



One Man’s Junk Is…My own airplane-in-a-barn story didn't involve a barn.