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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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Conversation With Jerry Chen


The new owner and CEO of Mooney discusses his plans for the legacy aircraft manufacturer



A Conversation With Jerry ChenMooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Noise Fatigue


Loud can be dangerous



Noise FatigueAs 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



Let’s Get The Kids InvolvedIn keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What’s Up With Diesel?


Diesel power was once touted as the savior from the threatened avgas shortage. Is that still true?



What’s Up With Diesel?Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.
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



The Perlan ProjectWith 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



Some Thoughts On Engine ReliabilityLike 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



There’s A New Bear In TownI'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



Issues With OilI 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



Beware The Fickle WindsIt 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)



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, 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, June 25, 2013

For The Birds


Birds did it long before humans, and they still do it better



For The BirdsI 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?



The VLJ Market—13 Years LateNew 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



Flying The Middle EastI 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



The Forgiving FAAI 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



There’s Something About MountainsThe Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes.