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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, February 2, 2016

Sahara Sands And Skies

Following in the footsteps of St. X over the world’s most expansive desert

Sahara Sands And SkiesThe 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

Checklists—Tedious But NecessaryAs 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

European Flyover

Flying Europe isn’t the bureaucratic nightmare that some pilots imagine

European FlyoverIf 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

Alaska By The Inside PassageJust 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?

The Real Challenges Of SpaceLike 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.

Memories Of AustraliaFlying 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

Stupid Pilot TricksMy 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

Frolicking In A LakeOne 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

Andes: Home Of The Mountain GodsHead 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.

The Eyes Have ItI 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

The Joys Of PressurizationAirplanes 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

Here Comes The Electric AirplaneThe 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

The Dangers Of CFIT 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”

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.