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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 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.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Value Of Corporate Time


It has to do with misinformation, not politics



The Value Of Corporate TimeBack in November 2008, when the CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors flew to Washington to ask for a government bailout, congressmen made much of the fact that the executives had all used corporate jets for the trip.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Should We Rely On GPS?


Is GPS too good to be true?



Should We Rely On GPS?Ido some post-maintenance test flying for a Cessna 300/400 shop in Long Beach, and a month or so back, I got a call to fly a 421 just coming out of an annual inspection.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Low Level By Columbia


When is it necessary to ad lib, and when is it just plain dumb?



Low Level By ColumbiaWhat had begun as a simple, 4,500 nm, late-winter ferry flight in a capable airplane had deteriorated to an ignominious retreat.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When Not To Go


Contrary to popular belief, ferry pilots aren’t brave. Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.



When Not To GoThere's a sign-in guestbook in the pilot's lounge at Avitat in Bangor, Maine, that contains the names and missions of most of the international ferry pilots who have come through here in the last 30 years.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

There’s No Such Thing As Tailwinds


Why is it that we always only remember headwinds?



There’s No Such Thing As TailwindsI know what some of you may be thinking. Bill Cox has finally gone off his rocker.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flight Recorder For The Little Guy


A partial solution to the flight-recorder problem that doesn’t cost a fortune



Flight Recorder For The Little GuyI like to think pilots read accident reports out of a sense of self-preservation rather than ghoulish curiosity.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SpaceShipTwo Takes Off


In as little as two years, private space flight may be a reality—and NASA won’t be



SpaceShipTwo Takes OffI don’t know about you, but for me, flying in space has always been the ultimate goal.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Evolution Of Navigation


Flying from A to Z is no longer as simple as it used to be. It’s simpler.



The Evolution Of NavigationFor better or worse, I learned to fly in the days when there were still A-N ranges up and running, not many, but a few.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

For The Birds


Birds have more to teach us than we could ever learn



For The BirdsI’ve been an accidental student of ornithology for as long as I’ve been alive—and that’s a long time.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Artificial Speed


Believe it or not, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to fly faster



Artificial SpeedIt’s probably the most common question I hear at air shows and conventions such as Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, AOPA, NBAA and Reno.