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 26, 2011
Should We Rely On GPS?
Is GPS too good to be true?
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?
What 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.
There'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?
I 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
I 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
I 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.
For 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
I’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
Believe it or not, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to fly faster
It’s probably the most common question I hear at air shows and conventions such as Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, AOPA, NBAA and Reno.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Memories Of The Swift
My first airplane was a Swift—and I survived
Okay, right up front, in an attempt to stop short any angry letters from Swift owners, I loved my little Swift.