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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria


Just because the FAA doesn’t get specific doesn’t mean you don’t need criteria



Setting Stabilized Approach CriteriaWhen Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

One Trip, 85 Suitcases


The logistics that go into a big GA flight might leave you wondering where you left your car



One Trip, 85 SuitcasesFlying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Beware The Fickle Winds


Winds almost never play fair



Beware The Fickle WindsIt was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From The Editor: Flying Two Engines




From The Editor: Flying Two EnginesATP Flight School is the largest flight academy in the country, excelling at training flight students for professional airline careers.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

10 Best Pilots


The ability to make an airplane do the impossible is what separates the best from the rest



10 Best PilotsWho's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Maybe There’s Still Hope


Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they don’t have a passion for flight



Maybe There’s Still HopeOne of the more common conversations around the water cooler these days concerns our younger generations and how they have trouble seeing past their iPads and cell phones to the world beyond.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Historic Replicas


They provide one way to keep the spirit of aviation’s history alive for future generations



Historic ReplicasAviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…


...will they come? Time, work, imagination, and location, location, location will tell.



Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…We're shooting the breeze inside the big, brand-new 80x80-foot hangar they've just completed—at their very own country airport.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

War College


An air show pilot’s experience at the National Security Seminar



War CollegeI was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It’s What’s Up Front That Counts


Consider for a moment the job of the lowly tractor propeller (with apologies to pusher drivers)



It’s What’s Up Front That CountsI was speaking to a group of pilots a few years back when one of them asked about a story I wrote a decade before on the London-to-Sydney Air Race.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From The Editor: Oshkosh Highlights




From The Editor: Oshkosh HighlightsEAA AirVenture can't be adequately explained in words. It's an awe-inspiring event that needs to be experienced firsthand.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shut Up And Fly


There’s no excuse to stay on the ground



Shut Up And FlyAt a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Akro At The Beginning


Every Age is Golden if we’re lucky enough to be part of it



Akro At The BeginningThis is because I have yet to enter a decade that, in one way or another, wasn't a Golden Age, including this one.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Engine-Out Landings


Management of remaining power and hitting all the numbers are keys to success



Engine-Out LandingsIf I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Hansen Family Values


This family tree has wings for branches and clouds for leaves



Light-Sport Chronicles: Hansen Family ValuesJon Hansen has been a major player in the LSA movement since it was merely a twinkle in the FAA's eye.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Memories Of Japan


Looking down on Japan from a Piper Malibu is a privilege granted to very few



Memories Of JapanIt was late December, and I had been stuck in Guam for five days, waiting for a stubborn typhoon to move out of the way between America's westernmost territory and Japan.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

From The Editor: An Unexpected Visit




From The Editor: An Unexpected VisitThe destination for our eight-ship of warbirds was Rapid City, S.D., but it wasn't looking good.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Life Without An Address


Living the dreams that aviation makes possible



Life Without An AddressRecently, I asked the owner of an airplane for his physical address, and he said he didn't have one.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Europe’s Disneyland For Airplanes


One Yank’s take on Europe’s premier aircraft show...and why we should care



Light-Sport Chronicles: Europe’s Disneyland For AirplanesFor many sport aviation-industry watchers at this year's Aero trade show—it's the annual European bash right after our Sun 'n Fun—the star attraction was Peter Funk's magnificent FK51 Mustang.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pilots Popping Pills


Use of prescription and over-the-counter medications can be problematic for pilots



Pilots Popping PillsI recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006.