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 25, 2014
The Perlan Project
A former test pilot and a group of engineers are hoping to take a pressurized glider to FL900
With 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, January 28, 2014
Some Thoughts On Engine Reliability
Heed the advice of a master mechanic
Like many pilots who often consort with non-aviators, I'm frequently asked the same questions regarding general aviation, especially when people know I deliver airplanes internationally.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
There’s A New Bear In Town
Man’s best friend can be man’s best copilot
I'm one of those strange nutcases who has been flying with dogs for nearly as long as I've been flying, about 45 years.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Issues With Oil
Oil may be more important than fuel
I bought my first airplane, a Globe Swift, from a retired petroleum engineer and A&P mechanic who had lavished hundreds of hours on his airplane.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Beware The Fickle Winds
Winds almost never play fair
It was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.
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)
I 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, July 23, 2013
Memories Of Japan
Looking down on Japan from a Piper Malibu is a privilege granted to very few
It 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, June 25, 2013
For The Birds
Birds did it long before humans, and they still do it better
I was delivering a Malibu to Neuquen, Argentina, a few years ago, flying the route we usually take to Patagonia in South America.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The VLJ Market—13 Years Late
It’s true that hindsight is nearly always 20/20, but was there ever a VLJ market to begin with?
New airplanes sell (or don't sell) for a variety of reasons.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Flying The Middle East
The rules seem to be changeable in the Middle East
I had delivered the Beech Duke to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, five months before on the premise that the airplane might be able to improve rainfall.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Forgiving FAA
Don’t always assume you’ll be busted
I called up Flight Watch crossing the Colorado River at Lake Havasu and learned that most of the Los Angeles Basin was rapidly deteriorating toward IFR minimums.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
There’s Something About Mountains
Far from menacing monsters, mountains can be your best friends
The Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
For some, flying alone is the only way, and for others...
Like most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Fine Art Of Crashing
The how and why of crashing a 727 for science
Like any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)
It’s getting tougher to fly cheap, but there are still a few tricks you can use to reduce the cost
I have a friend who owns a 36 Bonanza, and though his airplane has always been a dozen or so knots faster than my LoPresti Mooney, he's consistently envied my airplane's lower fuel burn.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Flying Above Mars
You think we have it tough flying here on Earth? Consider the problems of aviating above Mars.
Like most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
General-aviation piston engines are simpler and more reliable than other power plants...most of the time
Many of us have had this happen at one time or another.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Turbines vs. Pistons
A turbine may be more logical than you imagine
A friend stopped by my hangar a while back on a rainy Saturday with an interesting question.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Improving On A Good Thing
The venerable Cessna P210N enjoys a welcome improvement
Just as airplanes such as the straight-tail Beech Bonanza and Piper Super Cub have become pre-eminent in their respective classes, the Cessna 210 has enjoyed a similar reputation as an aviation icon.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Race For Ratings
It’s important to remember that flying should be fun. New ratings help make it so.
One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.