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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Control Failures


Learning to fly with trim can save your life



Control FailuresControl failures and foreign object damage (FOD) aren't something that GA pilots often think about.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Stall Warning System


An aircraft’s stall warning system doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves



The Stall Warning SystemWhether it's a comparatively simple system (a leading-edge vane operates a switch to complete an electrical circuit and sound a horn or illuminate a bulb), or a complex system (which generates signals to activate a stick shaker), a properly operating stall warning system can prevent you from having a really bad day.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Survivors In The Pattern


History is fleeting moments of the Human Experience strung together



Survivors In The PatternI had an emotionally wild and totally unexpected thing happen last week.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Light-Sport Chronicles: The LSA Decade


An appreciation for a brave new category



Light-Sport Chronicles: The LSA DecadePersonal flight has never been quite the same since.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Perlan Project


A former test pilot and a group of engineers are hoping to take a pressurized glider to FL900



The Perlan ProjectWith no form of motive power on the nose or wings, you might expect gliders to have limited altitude capability, but I quickly learned that's not the case.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From The Editor: Flying North




From The Editor: Flying NorthSome places were simply meant for pilots.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nature’s Pilots


The Owl Tree and me



Nature’s PilotsI could see sky and roof line where they should have been hidden from sight by branches.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Slippery Slope Of OSA


The FAA ignores obvious accident causes when it focuses on Obstructive Sleep Apnea



The Slippery Slope Of OSABy now you know about the FAA's fascination with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing for pilots and controllers.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In The Belly Of A Legend


A ride in an Aluminum Overcast with ghosts of airmen past



In The Belly Of A LegendIt was almost surreal standing on the ramp and realizing that the flight I had just finished began two years before it finally happened.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Light-Sport Chronicles: Learn To Fly The LSA Way


A quick look at the light-sport aircraft category and the sport-pilot rule



Light-Sport Chronicles: Learn To Fly The LSA WayNo doubt you've heard about the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category and the sport-pilot (SP) rule. Let's take a look to help you decide whether LSA is the right nest for you.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ego


What drives your decision making?



EgoOn a spring morning several years ago, I was doing touch-and-goes in my Extra, flying the rust off after a long winter, an annual and an engine overhaul.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Some Thoughts On Engine Reliability


Heed the advice of a master mechanic



Some Thoughts On Engine ReliabilityLike many pilots who often consort with non-aviators, I'm frequently asked the same questions regarding general aviation, especially when people know I deliver airplanes internationally.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot




From The Editor: A Pilot’s PilotSpending time with Bob Hoover is an experience that's forever treasured by anyone who has ever had the opportunity.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Av-World In Which We Live


Paul Poberezny, sport aviation and me



The Av-World In Which We LiveThe fact that we lost Paul Poberezny, founder of the EAA, in August is, by now, old news. Nonetheless, it's still important news to those of us who call sport aviation home.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Clues From Survivors


Survivors can provide new information or confirm what came from another source



Clues From SurvivorsSurvivors don't always remember very much about an accident. In some cases, memory is affected by the body going into shock or receiving physical injury.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-Pourri


An “All Things Considered” approach to aviation innovation



Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-PourriOne of my favorite websites is Gizmag, a kind of Dyson vacuum for all the latest tech/science/gadget newsbits that come at us every day.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Flying Floats


Blending water with fire, air and earth



Flying FloatsWhat do pilots talk about at dinner? You guessed it.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

There’s A New Bear In Town


Man’s best friend can be man’s best copilot



There’s A New Bear In TownI'm one of those strange nutcases who has been flying with dogs for nearly as long as I've been flying, about 45 years.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

From The Editor: Sea/Sky Adventure




From The Editor: Sea/Sky AdventureFive years ago at a desert storage facility, Joe Duke came across a 1954 Grumman G-111 Albatross calling his name.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Aerobatics, Judgment And Stupidity


All the FARs in the world can’t protect us from ourselves



Aerobatics, Judgment And StupidityA few minutes ago, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a Cirrus accident caused by attempting to do a roll at 200 feet.