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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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Intuition


How much of it plays a part in aviation?



IntuitionAviation might be where we feel most alive. Maybe that's why intuition plays such a key part in it.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How To Fly An Airplane


Rod Machado’s new “how-to” manual hits all the right buttons



How To Fly An AirplaneRod Machado is at the leading edge of the latter group, and his instruction books on the various aspects of learning to fly are some of the most readable and entertaining you'll ever encounter.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

From The Editor: Lengthen The Runway




From The Editor: Lengthen The RunwayWhen you're a student pilot, everything in the airplane seems to happen at warp speed.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Minutia


The little stuff you pick up about aviation by living it



MinutiaAs the student settled into the back pit and started to put his headset on, I stopped him and took his baseball hat off his head.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wake Up To Wake Hazards


NTSB investigations offer reasons not to be complacent about wake turbulence



Wake Up To Wake HazardsThe potential effects of a wake turbulence encounter are routinely covered during pilot training.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

From The Editor: Five Airplanes, 35 Destinations




From The Editor: Five Airplanes, 35 DestinationsCircumnavigating the globe in your own airplane is the ultimate flying adventure, but such a large undertaking comes with challenges of piles of paperwork and local permissions.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Conversation With Jerry Chen


The new owner and CEO of Mooney discusses his plans for the legacy aircraft manufacturer



A Conversation With Jerry ChenMooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weather And FBOs


The art of trying to get to the next air show



Weather And FBOs I love flying cross-country. It's almost the best part of my work because there's nothing like the freedom of flying a small airplane from coast to coast.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Oh, No! Not More Changes!


There comes a time in life when status quo looks really attractive



Oh, No! Not More Changes!I first noticed it when one of our newer controllers, whose voice I didn't recognize, told us we were cleared for takeoff on Runway Tree. Tree? Huh!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Searching For Missing Aircraft


Some crash sites are never found, and it can take a long time to find others



Searching For Missing AircraftQuestions heard with increasing frequency during the first weeks of fruitless searching for Malaysia Air-lines Flight MH370 concerned whether the search would eventually be abandoned, and whether it's possible that we might never know what happened to the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ghosts In The Machine


The Collings Foundation brings World War II history to life



Ghosts In The MachineYou can feel the history in these aircraft just by walking up to them.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Noise Fatigue


Loud can be dangerous



Noise FatigueAs one who has struggled across a few oceans in a variety of single- and twin-engine piston and turbine airplanes, I've been subjecting my ears to a long-term deluge of noise pollution.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Importance Of Sponsorship


You can live with them, but you can’t live without them



The Importance Of SponsorshipHow do you make a million bucks in the air show business?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

From The Editor: Flying History




From The Editor: Flying HistoryEach year, the Collings Foundation flies a selection of rare warbirds around the country, stopping at more than 110 towns.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TFRs And The Little Guy


I’m not sure of their purpose, and “they” aren’t aware of the effects



TFRs And The Little GuyMy student was from England. The first hop of the day was normal: from calling ATIS to flying the flight, nothing unusual.