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, 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
A Summer Of Opportunity
Making the move into competition aerobatics
After going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
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.