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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, 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.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flying Alone


For some, flying alone is the only way, and for others...



Flying AloneLike 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



The Fine Art Of CrashingLike 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



Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)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.



Flying Above MarsLike most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Engine Reliability


General-aviation piston engines are simpler and more reliable than other power plants...most of the time



Engine ReliabilityMany 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



Turbines vs. PistonsA 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



Improving On A Good ThingJust 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.



The Race For RatingsOne of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Flying The World’s Biggest Single-Engine Biplane


An open letter to all who have asked, “What’s the weirdest airplane you’ve flown?”



Flying The World’s Biggest Single-Engine BiplaneOne of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Murphy’s Laws Of Aviation


Why what you learned in flight school may be open to question



Murphy’s Laws Of AviationI'm constantly amazed that the constants of aviation usually aren't.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Autopilots Equal Safety


It may seem counterintuitive for macho pilots, but an autopilot will nearly always do a better job than you will



Autopilots Equal SafetyOne of the most common questions I get about flying the oceans is, "How do you stay awake on a 10- to 15-hour leg?" My standard answer is, "Consider the alternative."
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nature Of Clouds


They can be challenging, fun, entertaining and, occasionally, deadly



The Nature Of CloudsIn my part of the sky—at least, the part I watch most often—we don't see many clouds.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Coast-To-Coast Javelin


You don’t need to travel overseas to see some of the world’s best flying venues



Coast-To-Coast JavelinPressurization is something like power windows. Once you've lived with it for a while, you wonder how you ever got along without it.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Thrill Of Solo


Do you remember your first solo flight?



The Thrill Of SoloI'd like to say I remember my first solo experience as if it happened only yesterday, but in truth, yesterday was a long time ago, and the memory isn't that vivid.