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.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Vne doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it means
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
I’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
Once 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
It 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
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
My 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
Contrary to sometimes misinformed opinion, a Mooney is one of the easier airplanes to land.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Caravan To Seoul—The Prequel
Here’s what happens before you fly the ocean
If you saw Jurassic Park, then you may remember the scene where Jeff Goldblum describes chaos theory as a mathematical discipline where the results of any given problem are never totally predictable, no matter how carefully conditions are controlled.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Paranoia Of Landings
Landings aren’t the most important thing, they’re the only thing—not
I had been hired to fly a Cessna 340 from Torrance, Calif., to Glasgow, U.K., on an Atlantic tour with the owner in the right seat. The first four days of the trip had gone well. We had departed Torrance, stopped in Denver and made it to Ohio the first day, then managed to have lunch in Bangor and fly on to Goose Bay the second day.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Pilots N Paws
Here’s a way for pilots to help save the lives of some of our best friends
Like many of you, I’ve owned dogs for as long as I can remember, probably longer.