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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.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

More Alerts For GA Pilots


No matter how extensively you test on the ground, the proof comes in the air



More Alerts For GA PilotsIf your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Memory Of Red Dirt


Flying from the Arctic to the equator



The Memory Of Red DirtThere's another highway "up there," one in which pilots fly airplanes across great expanses of water and time, across the sharp edges of continents and the less sharp geographical boundaries of politics and countries.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Let’s Get The Kids Involved


Opportunities are ripe for the next generation of pilots



Let’s Get The Kids InvolvedIn keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From The Editor: Dream Flight




From The Editor: Dream FlightAs pilots, we all have strong opinions on the best day-to-day airplane to own.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

More Alerts For GA Pilots


The NTSB highlights five more areas it believes need attention



More Alerts For GA PilotsAs 2013 was poised to become 2014, the NTSB added five new subjects to its growing list of Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots.