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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.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Getting Back Into It

Rust removal can actually be fun

Getting Back Into ItYeah, I got my license, but then I got married, had a couple of kids and got engrossed in building my career, so I didn't fly for a long time.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

20 Things You May Not Know About Night Flying

Darkness comprises roughly half of every day, but that’s no reason to avoid flying at night, if…

20 Things You May Not Know About Night FlyingTo that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Precision Flying

Change your mind-set to improve your flying

Precision FlyingPrecision and approximation: These are contradictory terms that, when applied to flying, have more to do with the pilot's mind-set than they do with skill.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Part 142 Flight Review

Why simulator training could save your life

A Part 142 Flight ReviewLike so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living Large

Transitioning from a piston to a turbine

Living LargeMaking the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.

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