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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hot Starts


Fuel injection is a wonderful feature—most of the time. In hot-weather restarts, however…



Hot StartsWhen was the last time you drove down to 7-Eleven on a sizzling-hot summer afternoon to buy a Lotto ticket, came back with what you hoped were the winning numbers, and your car refused to start because of the heat?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beyond The Checkride


Advanced training means new skills, reduced insurance premiums and renewed passion



Beyond The CheckrideSo now what? You've earned the private certificate and are happily amassing flight time with all kinds of aerial adventures.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What Is Proficiency?


Ten ways of telling whether you’re actually as good as you think you are



What Is Proficiency?Aviation is awash in proficiency-oriented literature and training courses. But, what exactly is proficiency?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

No Ghosts In The Air…No Privacy, Either!


The Great ADS-B Scare of 2012



No Ghosts In The Air…No Privacy, Either!After speaking with people in a position to know how the system works, now I can confirm that ADS-B won't make U.S. airspace less secure—far from it.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Eyes Have It


The difference between “looking” and “seeing”



The Eyes Have ItWe're about to kick the sacred cow that is peripheral vision right in the butt and, in the process, probably generate a bunch of letters to the editor.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just Begun


With UAV careers leading the charge, aviation is booming



Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just BegunAs a kid in love with flying and all things related to it, I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid for it.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Logic Of Flaps


Flaps make pilots’ lives easier—for those aviators who know how to use them



The Logic Of FlapsBy any measure, flaps have almost no downside, but they're perhaps the least appreciated component of an aircraft.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Expand Your Iceberg


Plane & Pilot takes on AFIT’s 10-day instrument-rating program



Expand Your IcebergI was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

10 Flying Techniques From Great Aviators


Some of America's best pilots offer advice on how to fly smarter



10 Flying Techniques From Great AviatorsOne of the great joys of this job is that I've been allowed to interview and get to know some of the most interesting pilots in aviation.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Risky Business


Little-known tools that can help make your next flight safer



Risky BusinessHow risky is your next flight?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Learning To Fly: All About Priorities


There’s a practical solution to every barrier in aviation



Learning To Fly: All About PrioritiesThe big secret in aviation is that just about everybody goes into it because it's more fun than should be legally allowed, and not because it's practical.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Transition To A Turboprop


MidWay between Piston Singles and Jets



Transition To A TurbopropWhile many private pilots dream about someday flying a light jet, the reality for most of us goes no further than a "high-performance" retractable single or light twin.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

When To Abort


Aborting a flight—either on takeoff or in the sky— can be one of aviation’s most difficult decisions



When To AbortMention the word "abort" to a pilot, and you'll immediately summon visions of every pilot's nightmare— an engine failure on takeoff.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

IFR Strategies In Convective Weather


A tactical flight from coast-to-coast in a Columbia 400 from above the weather to underneath the overcast



IFR Strategies In Convective WeatherI just completed a trip from a coastal town in northern California, to Erie, Penn., and back in a Columbia 400.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Say When


When you should retract gear, reduce power, stop climb, initiate descent and more



Say WhenI'm one of the world's luckiest pilots. On occasion, I'm allowed to fly some of the best new airplanes in general aviation.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Consequences Of Mayday


If you survive a Mayday, everyone worries about what will happen later. Here’s the real story from a poster boy of Maydays.



Consequences Of MaydayIt's a notorious section of the North Atlantic known for high waves and vicious winds. It runs 600 miles from the coast of Iceland southeast past the Faroes and Orkney Islands to Northern Scotland.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Double Down


From Dream to reality: Moving Up from a single Engine to a twin story



Double DownI first fell in love with the Cessna 340 when my dad and I stopped at Harris Ranch for a steak salad on our way home from the Bay Area one day.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies


How to handle those in-flight problems that aren’t necessarily life threatening



Aviation’s “Little” EmergenciesI had just departed Long Beach, Calif., in a Bellanca Viking, headed for the Reno Air Races, when black oil began flowing out of the cowling and onto the windshield.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Never Run It Dry


Keeping track of the time/speed/distance equation is only part of fuel management



Never Run It DryIt was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

30 Things Not To Do In The Pattern


A how-to guide that guarantees lousy landings



30 Things Not To Do In The PatternSo much of aviation education is built around doing things right.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Joys Of Summer


Depending on where you live, summer can be the time to fly



The Joys Of SummerIt was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Ultimate Choice


Using crew resource management for the decision-making process



The Ultimate ChoiceIt was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.


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