Cross-Country Flying Stories
Cross-country flying stories from Bill Cox offer fantastic insight into what pilots face on long distance flights. Dig into our X-Country Log today.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Sahara Sands And Skies
Following in the footsteps of St. X over the world’s most expansive desert
The Navajo Chieftain seems to grumble at flying so early in the morning.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Checklists—Tedious But Necessary
Ignore checklists at your own risk
As one who has been trying to figure out this concept called flying for longer than I can remember, I’ve always been a little mystified as to why the same accidents seem to keep happening for the same reasons.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Flying Europe isn’t the bureaucratic nightmare that some pilots imagine
If speed is aviation’s ultimate excess, altitude is its great equalizer.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Alaska By The Inside Passage
Don’t be paranoid about the coastal route
Just as East Coast pilots count the Bahamas as something of an ultimate getaway, Left Coast aviators consider Alaska to be the destination of choice.
Friday, October 2, 2015
The Real Challenges Of Space
We all know what we’ve seen in the movies and on TV. What are the realities of space travel?
Like so many kids who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, I was fascinated by space travel. Most of the kids I knew in Alaska had the same fascination.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Memories Of Australia
Imagine a 2,200-mile-wide desert island with magnificent cities built on the coasts. That’s Australia.
Flying down from Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, your course line slowly merges with Australia's east coast as you sneak in from the left.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Stupid Pilot Tricks
A couple of the really dumb things I did 40 years ago—or was it last year?—and got away with
My wife worked for Douglas Aircraft at the time, and she'd usually file for whatever vacation time she needed to turn what was nearly a nine- or 10-day holiday into two full weeks.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Frolicking In A Lake
Airplanes that can land on water combine the best of flying and floating
One of the nice things about growing up in Alaska was the opportunity to fly a variety of airplanes.
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
Head 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, March 24, 2015
The Eyes Have It
Okay, so Yeager doesn’t wear sunglasses. You probably still should.
I 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, February 24, 2015
The Joys Of Pressurization
Pressurization is general aviation’s ultimate creature comfort
Airplanes are different animals
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
The whole concept of flying with nothing more than electric power seems somehow anathema to aviation.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Dangers Of CFIT
It’s one of the most common probable causes of IFR accidents
If you fly IFR long enough, you'll probably have the unpleasant experience of knowing someone who'll die in an IFR accident.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Flying The Middle East
These days, the most intelligent advice might be simply, “Don’t”
The 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, September 23, 2014
Learning To Trust Turbos
Once regarded by some pilots as inventions of the devil, turbochargers have gained respectability
Like the vast majority of pilots, I learned to fly in a relatively innocent two-seater.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A partial solution to one of those irritating chores associated with aircraft maintenance
I was cleaning the belly of my Mooney a while back following an annual inspection, and not enjoying the task.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
How To Fly An Airplane
Rod Machado’s new “how-to” manual hits all the right buttons
Rod 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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
A Conversation With Jerry Chen
The new owner and CEO of Mooney discusses his plans for the legacy aircraft manufacturer
Mooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Loud can be dangerous
As 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, April 22, 2014
Let’s Get The Kids Involved
Opportunities are ripe for the next generation of pilots
In keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.