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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, 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.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Memories Of The Swift


My first airplane was a Swift—and I survived



Memories Of The SwiftOkay, right up front, in an attempt to stop short any angry letters from Swift owners, I loved my little Swift.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Redline!


Vne doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it means



Redline!I was flying home to California from Florida in my Mooney Executive a few years ago following what amounted to a medium makeover of the airplane’s aerodynamic drag signature.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Zen & The Art Of Airplane Flying


Airplanes and motorcycles may be more alike than you think



Zen & The Art Of Airplane FlyingI’m one of those apparently strange folks who believe that flying is an easy skill to learn. No, that’s not because I do it so well.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memories Of Alaska


The Far North is one of the most popular vacation destinations for pilots



Memories Of AlaskaOnce or twice each summer, I slip into the right seat of an airplane and help a pilot fly to an exotic destination, most often across the Atlantic from North America to Europe.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stamp Out CFIT


Truth is, not everybody learns from their mistakes



Stamp Out CFITIt was mid-1977, and I had been assigned a story on the first production model of a new twin.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What’s Up With WAAS?


WAAS is the third generation of GPS, and it makes all the difference



What’s Up With WAAS?I was fortunate to discover GPS early on. I was on my way to the 1991 Paris Air Show in the one and only prototype Swearingen SJ30 business jet, and had stopped for fuel in Greenland.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

To Korea, With Luck


Four legs, 52 flight hours in one of the world’s most comfortable—and slowest—turboprops



To Korea, With LuckMy buddy Jeff Kopps of the National Weather Service in Monterey, Calif., had predicted headwinds out of Santa Barbara, and as usual, he was right.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When Slower Is Better


The whole point of most airplanes is speed—except during landings



When Slower Is BetterContrary to sometimes misinformed opinion, a Mooney is one of the easier airplanes to land.