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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Keeping It Real


Now in the fixed-wing market, FLYIT simulators are impressively realistic and take flight training to another level



Keeping It RealI’m weaving my Bell Jet Ranger helicopter through the labyrinthine Hong Kong skyline.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Paths To The Sky


So what’s it really like to go for your sport pilot ticket?



Paths To The SkyIn the seven years since FAA created the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) category, even with economic woes, nearly 2,000 LSA now grace America’s skies.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Training With A Passion


Michael Goulian’s flight school makes dreams come true



Training With A PassionAerobatic champion, air show superstar, Red Bull racer—Michael Goulian is all of these. But in his day job, if you will, he’s president of Executive Flyers Aviation, a second-generation flight school founded by his father, Myron, in 1964.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Aerial Phobias


Aviation’s bogeymen, and how to handle them



Aerial PhobiasAll of us have things in our lives that make us uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of terrorizing us. As kids, it’s what’s hiding under the bed.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Many Roads To Aviation


Real pilot stories show how passion and dedication equal flight-training success



The Many Roads To AviationMelanie Endsley never set out to become a jet pilot. “The plan was just for me to take some safety pilot lessons since I would be flying with a pilot friend in his jet,” explains Endsley.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lessons Learned Part 2


The Lower 48



Lessons Learned Part 2After earning my private pilot’s license in Alaska in 1980, I wasn’t sure what was next. I loved to fly.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lessons Learned Part 1


Alaska vs. The Outside



Lessons Learned Part 1My first flight lessons might have been different than yours, but as with all pilots, those early experiences are still tattooed in my mind.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Is Glass Safer?


Making sense of the NTSB glass-cockpit report



Is Glass Safer?Earlier this year, the NTSB released the findings of a special study that they conducted comparing glass-cockpit aircraft and similar conventional, or “round dial,”-equipped aircraft.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Water, Wind & Floats


At Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base, getting wet is part of the fun



Water, Wind & FloatsBe prepared to have fun,” Frances Brown told me. That was one of those phrases I had heard before with little payoff.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stretching Your Wings


Advanced training is the ticket to taking your flying to the next level



Stretching Your WingsOne of the most popular phrases in general aviation is “license to learn.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Learning To Fly 2.0: Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than Ever


Big changes in technology, manufacturing and design have changed the way we learn to fly



Learning To Fly 2.0:  Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than EverImagine it: You’re training for night cross-country flying. The evening is moonless VFR. Your weather briefing says your route is clear. The synthetic vision feature of your glass instrument panel displays everything—including the runway centerline—as if illuminated on a clear day.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kings Of The Sky


Spend a day with John and Martha King and the hotly anticipated Cessna Skycatcher



Kings Of The Sky"So what are they like in person?” is the first question my pilot friends ask when I tell them I’ve spent a day with John and Martha King, the well-known founders of King Schools.
Monday, November 2, 2009

The Checkride Chronicles


A year in the life of a designated pilot examiner



The Checkride ChroniclesWho’s the judge beside you in the cockpit, deciding whether you’re worthy of receiving aviation’s highest honor (a license to learn)? Hopefully, it’s someone who’ll make your entry into the world of aviation less than turbulent.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of Aviation


One child at a time, Hal Shevers and his foundation are keeping aviation alive



Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of AviationIf we don’t get more young people interested in every aspect of general aviation, it will simply disappear as we know it,” Hal Shevers, the founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, tells me as he punctuates his sentence with a long pause and his piercing eyes.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ticket To Ride III


Part III: Don’t get cocky, kid—You’ve soloed. Time to prep for The Ride!



Ticket To Ride IIIRight after soloing in 860LS, the lovely Flight Design CTLS, I feel light as a cloud.
Monday, May 11, 2009

Ticket To Ride II


Part II: Practice, practice, practice, home study, and what? Time to solo already? Gulp.



ticket to rideIn our April 2009 issue, Jim Lawrence launched the first in his series of articles about LSA training in a Flight Design CTLS. This month, he takes us through solo.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Looking For 200 Knots


Forty years ago, the goal was 200 mph. Today, it’s 200 knots.



knottsFast feels good. For those of us obsessed with clocking along at the velocity of a Lamborghini, speed is the kinesthetic equivalent of beauty.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

From Cirrus To Citation


JetAviva puts its clients into the left seat of light jets



From Cirrus To CitationThrough my Lightspeed Zulu headset, I hear a confident voice: “Denver Center, Citation One Three Zulu Mike, vacating flight level 390 for 240, smooth ride.”
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

TransPac Aviation Academy


Drawing from its Pan Am training heritage, TransPac positions itself for the future



transpac academyTradition goes a long way in aviation. A rich history aloft is respected and admired, whether it applies to pilots, aircraft or—in the world of ab initio training—flight academies. With its legacy steeped in the fabled lore of one of the greatest airlines in history, Pan Am International Flight Academy is long on tradition and legacy.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Weather In The Cockpit


XM Weather provides real-time information in the cockpit for pilots who are serious about their weather decisions



weather in the cockpitAsk most pilots what subject in aviation they wish they knew more about, and a majority will answer, “weather.” Indeed, while forecasters do occasionally still get it wrong, and even the best meteorologists acknowledge that we still have much to learn, the science of weather prognostication improves each year.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Right Way To The Left Seat


How to realize your dream of becoming a professional pilot



the right way to the left seatFlying is in the blood of certain individuals. Some of us plan a career in the cockpit from an early age, and we pursue it to the exclusion of everything else. Others keep their aviation goals quietly smoldering, always on a back burner ready to emerge at the right time. For various reasons, they may alight in a different direction, attain career goals outside of aviation and pursue vocational paths that seem far detached from flying. But many of them come back.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ticket To Ride


Earning a sport pilot license: Part I



ticket to rideEnough trash already. This endless washboard-road turbulence promises to reintroduce me to the hot dog and greasy fries I just ate. Note to self: Next time, have an avocado salad.


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