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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

From The Editor: Traffic, Gray Whale. 12 O’Clock, Low.




From The Editor: Traffic, Gray Whale. 12 O’Clock, Low.On a recent sunny Saturday, contributor Marc Lee and I decided to fly from the Los Angeles area to Santa Barbara for lunch.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Unplanned Obsolescence


Antiquity is strictly a point of view



Unplanned ObsolescenceEvery so often, something will happen that reaches out and raps you in the noggin, and makes you realize how fast time is ripping past. And how quickly something that's familiar and simply secondhand to you becomes exotic and antique to a new generation.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Heart Like A Wing


In celebration of CFIs everywhere, and one in particular



Light-Sport Chronicles: Heart Like A WingIt's that time of year! Spring be sprung, or nearly so; if a blanket of frosty white lurks beyond your window, have faith—the end is near.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

May I See Your Driver’s License?


Data proving you don’t need an FAA medical certificate to be safe comes as no surprise to many



May I See Your Driver’s License?Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Include, Don’t Exclude


A look at some of the deterrents to flying and what can be done to reverse them



Include, Don’t ExcludeWe all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Autopilots Equal Safety


It may seem counterintuitive for macho pilots, but an autopilot will nearly always do a better job than you will



Autopilots Equal SafetyOne of the most common questions I get about flying the oceans is, "How do you stay awake on a 10- to 15-hour leg?" My standard answer is, "Consider the alternative."
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

From The Editor: What’s In A Name?




From The Editor: What’s In A Name?I first heard about Amelia Earhart three years ago on Facebook. The new Amelia Earhart, that is.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

$150 Per Pilot Charge for Using the iPad?




$150 Per Pilot Charge for Using the iPad?Last week, the FAA's AeroNav division held a meeting in Washington D.C.—where the public and press were excluded—to discuss charging fees for users of their digital chart data.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Of Knowledge, Experience And Regulations


Going to school doesn’t necessarily make you smarter



Of Knowledge, Experience And RegulationsAt the time this was being written, word was circulating within the aviation community that as the result of the Colgan airline crash in 2009, the FAA is probably going to place new experience requirements on airline copilot new hires.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Air Race Accidents


Safety in air racing depends on the airplane as well as the pilot



Air Race AccidentsThe death toll quickly rose to 11, including the pilot with about 70 injured.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Ivo Boscarol


Routinely setting your goals way too high has its benefits



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Ivo BoscarolWelcome to Slovenia, and let's raise our glasses to setting your goals too high.
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nature Of Clouds


They can be challenging, fun, entertaining and, occasionally, deadly



The Nature Of CloudsIn my part of the sky—at least, the part I watch most often—we don't see many clouds.
Monday, December 5, 2011

From The Editor: Something For Everyone




From The Editor: Something For Everyone"I fly for food," was Dick Rutan's good-humored and modest response when I thanked him for flying the photo flight.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Coast-To-Coast


The great American road trip...or is it?



Coast-To-CoastThe faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fire In Front


In a fire scenario, aircraft control can be lost at any moment



Fire In FrontAccording to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Snowmobile Engine...NOT!


Kicking the Rotax myth in the head once and for all



Light-Sport Chronicles: Snowmobile Engine...NOT!Naw, it's got a snowmobile engine, I'm not flying one of those!" Odds are, if you've hung out a bit with experienced GA pilots, especially those who have plied the skies on personal wings for a while, you've heard that about the Rotax aircraft engine.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Instructing The Instructor


Ten things every instructor learns, whether he wants to or not



Instructing The InstructorWhen you're a flight instructor, you're a combination shrink, drill sergeant, mother confessor and cheerleader; and, if you're a good instructor, you quickly realize that the act of instructing is teaching you more than you're teaching the student.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Flying Fifi


Around the patch in a Superfortress



Flying FifiMy most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From The Editor: It’s Better In The Bahamas




From The Editor: It’s Better In The BahamasWith 700 islands, turquoise waters, postcard-perfect beaches, and 55 general aviation airports, The Bahamas is undoubtedly a pilot's paradise. Recently, Plane & Pilot joined the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation on a flying trip to three beautiful islands, for a taste of The Bahamas.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Coast-To-Coast Javelin


You don’t need to travel overseas to see some of the world’s best flying venues



Coast-To-Coast JavelinPressurization is something like power windows. Once you've lived with it for a while, you wonder how you ever got along without it.