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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.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Avionics Academy: Why Not Portable ADS-B Out?

The 2020 FAA mandate stipulates that aircraft owners use a panel-mount solution

Avionics Academy: Why Not Portable ADS-B Out?After all, there are now dozens of portable ADS-B gizmos out there, all much cheaper than panel-mount, and VFR pilots can get by with portable GPS. So, why not portable ADS-B?
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Slips And Skids

Put a little rudder in it

Slips And SkidsIt's kind of a joke that most pilots don't know how to use their feet, especially jet jocks whose feet are flat on the floor most of the time they're flying.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What In The World Were They Thinking?

Things some pilots do can make you scratch your head in disbelief

What In The World Were They Thinking?If you pay even moderate attention to NTSB accident reports, you're likely to become a safer pilot by osmosis as you absorb the mistakes made by other pilots.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Disappearing Airliners

The simplest solution is usually overlooked

Disappearing AirlinersOkay, I know that airliners spend a lot of their time being tracked on someone's radar scope and talking to ATC, so the assumption is that someone, somewhere knows exactly where they are at all times.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Eyes Have It

Okay, so Yeager doesn’t wear sunglasses. You probably still should.

The Eyes Have ItI don't know about you, but if you're like me (and I know I am), you've probably sat on, stepped on, lost or broken at least five or six dozen pairs of sunglasses during your flying career.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

From The Editor: It’s All In The Rudder

From The Editor: It’s All In The RudderAre you using rudder as much as you should be?
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?

The promise of ADS-B needs to be accompanied by a reality check

ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?It won't be for a few years, but we'll eventually know whether the FAA's automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system will meet expectations of its advocates as being the greatest thing since sliced bread for both pilots and air traffic controllers.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

And Life Goes On

People in our lives we don’t know but should

And Life Goes OnToday has been a hard one for those of us who follow history: First thing this morning, I learned that Alex Vraciu, America's highest-scoring surviving ace, had died.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Flying The Bronco

In the OV-10 cockpit at Cal Fire

Flying The BroncoThe prototype for one of the world's coolest airplanes was built in a garage.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Joys Of Pressurization

Pressurization is general aviation’s ultimate creature comfort

The Joys Of PressurizationAirplanes are different animals
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-B

From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-BSport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One Man’s Junk Is…

We all have junkyard dreams—or do we?

One Man’s Junk Is…My own airplane-in-a-barn story didn't involve a barn.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Inhofe Accident

The NTSB wished for more facts about what Senator Inhofe’s son faced

The Inhofe AccidentThere has been no stronger advocate on Capitol Hill for general aviation and the pilot community than Senator James Inhofe, Republican, of Oklahoma.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Air Show Season Wrap-Up

Looking back on 30 years

Air Show Season Wrap-UpExcuse me while I toast myself, but it has been 30 years since I flew my first air show.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Here Comes The Electric Airplane

It has been a long time in gestation, but it may be just over the horizon

Here Comes The Electric AirplaneThe whole concept of flying with nothing more than electric power seems somehow anathema to aviation.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From The Editor: Desert Flying

From The Editor: Desert FlyingThe vast Mojave Desert has a dramatic aviation history as a test bed for experimental military and civilian aircraft.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drug Use Trends

The NTSB publishes a study focusing on the possible impairing effects of drugs

Drug Use TrendsThe NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Too Late Gives No Warning

If you have dreams, put them into action today

Too Late Gives No WarningThey live their retirement dreams before retiring.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Honoring women in aviation

TruckeeI was faced with the decision to cancel an air show I had booked the winter before—the Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival.