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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of Pilot

From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of PilotOur comprehensive 2015 Buyer's Guide features aircraft for all kinds of pilots, from light-sport planes and single pistons to turboprops and jets.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Your Engine Talks To You

A mid-season engine change

When Your Engine Talks To YouIf you drive down Sheridan Road just outside the perimeter of the Tulsa International Airport, you'll find a row of small industrial buildings housing aviation engine, machine and hose shops.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flying The Middle East

These days, the most intelligent advice might be simply, “Don’t”

Flying The Middle EastThe Sinai Desert isn't very big, but it certainly looks forbidding from the air: desolate black, hot mountains, seas of sand, and large plains of heat and misery.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From The Editor: Red Rock Country

From The Editor: Red Rock CountrySedona, Ariz., is known for red rock formations that come alive in the low light of sunrise and sunset.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Heart Transplant

Overhauls, new sounds, the Old Gal labors on

Heart TransplantI've known for a while my engine wasn't totally happy.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ice You Can’t See Out The Window

Extra awareness is needed to detect the onset of induction system icing

Ice You Can’t See Out The WindowSome pilots may harbor the mistaken notion that if the airplane they're flying doesn't have a carburetor, they don't need to be concerned about the possibility of induction system icing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Different Kind Of Calendar

Our year begins and ends in Wisconsin

A Different Kind Of CalendarIf, at any given time, there are around 200,000 people on the grounds at the Oshkosh orgy of aviation, then there are probably the same number of reasons why they're there.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are They Crying Wolf?

Piloting skill and judgment involves recognizing which information is pertinent

Are They Crying Wolf?He falsely claimed he was being attacked by the wolf so often that when the wolf really did appear, no one came to help.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Energy Management

Turning science into art

Energy ManagementEnergy management is a pilot's most important task.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Learning To Trust Turbos

Once regarded by some pilots as inventions of the devil, turbochargers have gained respectability

Learning To Trust TurbosLike the vast majority of pilots, I learned to fly in a relatively innocent two-seater.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From The Editor: Aviating, Kiwi Style

From The Editor: Aviating, Kiwi StyleNew Zealand is known for its dramatic topography—snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, fjords—and as pilots, we're fortunate to experience natural beauty from the air.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sky King, Roy And The Gang

Was it a time of innocence or the formation of a generation?

Sky King, Roy And The GangIt doesn't seem that long ago that more than just the TV was black-and-white.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Asiana Flight 214

The airplane was too high on the approach, until it became too low

Asiana Flight 214Are there lessons for pilots of comparatively small general aviation aircraft to learn from the crash of a large Boeing 777 packed with 309 people?
Monday, September 1, 2014

The White-Coat Syndrome

It’s real, it’s ridiculous, and for some of us, it’s impossible to avoid

The White-Coat SyndromeCourtesy of my laptop, it's 0450 hours (that's in the morning, in case you missed my whining), and I'm in another airport terminal.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Instant Family

The benefits of joining flying clubs

Instant FamilyI've never thought of myself as a joiner.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Easy Creeping

A partial solution to one of those irritating chores associated with aircraft maintenance

Easy CreepingI was cleaning the belly of my Mooney a while back following an annual inspection, and not enjoying the task.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

From The Editor: Mentorship

From The Editor: MentorshipIt was one of the highlights of last year's EAA AirVenture, so I eagerly signed up again this year: an afternoon spent mentoring three young women who have an interest in aviation photography.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Getting The Weather Straight

Pilots may not be warned of adverse weather conditions, even when others are

Getting The Weather StraightThe NTSB says that the National Weather Service and the FAA need to do a better job of getting important weather information to pilots.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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.