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Friday, August 21, 2015

Avionics Academy: Which Data Link Should You Get For ADS-B Out?

The answer depends on where you fly and what other equipment you have

Avionics Academy: Which Data Link Should You Get For ADS-B Out?A local pilot who reads these columns recently called me for advice.
Friday, August 21, 2015

From The Editor: Some Safety Advice & More

From The Editor: Some Safety Advice & MoreHere's hoping your summer flying fun continues for many weeks to come!
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.