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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.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When Is A Hobby Not A Hobby?


Regardless of how little a person flies, is it really a pastime?



When Is A Hobby Not A Hobby?Maybe it's a personal thing, but to apply the term "hobby" or "pastime" to flying sounds somehow demeaning.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Upset Recovery Vs. Aerobatics


How upset do we have to be to get good training?



Upset Recovery Vs. AerobaticsThese days, whenever I pick up an aviation magazine, I catch an article about how important stick-and- rudder skills are in primary flight training.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What’s Up With Diesel?


Diesel power was once touted as the savior from the threatened avgas shortage. Is that still true?



What’s Up With Diesel?Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.
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.