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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Pilots Versus Aviators
Do you pressure the controls or move them?
Everyone reading these words has flown with a lot of other pilots.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Over Water, Under Canopy!
Saved by the BRS parachute
Cylinder-head temp gauges are creeping noticeably toward the red lines. Not good. No, this isn't looking good at all.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The Dangers Of Noise Fatigue
Noise fatigue may be an often-overlooked cause of aircraft accidents in general aviation
I was tired. No, beyond tired. I was fairly well-whipped. There are no legal limits imposed on flight hours associated with ferry flying, and stupidly.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
When Airplanes Collide: Avoiding The Unexpected
With midair collisions showing no sign of decreasing, “See and Avoid” is more important than ever
It’s ironic that most general aviation pilots consider a possible engine failure as their greatest fear.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
IFR Communications: Serious Business
What you say and what you hear on the radio are more than mere words
I listened carefully to the clearance on the first go-around, shook my head in exasperation, and wondered if the controller had been a trumpet player in a previous life.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Fear Of Dunking
The airplane doesn’t know if it’s flying over water or land. The pilot does.
From two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Save On Avgas
American avgas is becoming almost as expensive as European petrol. Here’s how to use less of it.
It barely matters what you fly these days— avgas is starting to comprise a greater percentage of an airplane's total operating cost.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Greasing It On: 20 Tips To Get ’Er Done
It’s all in the details. And in the pilot’s attitude.
We all know "those" kinds of pilots: They never bounce, are always down in the first few hundred feet, and put it on slicker’n a squashed gopher (I dare you).
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
How to handle tough landings
What makes some runways more challenging than others? The length? The wind? What you had for breakfast that morning? What?
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
How to work better with “the voice” in your headset
It seems we all have a story, some event in our lives that brought us into the aviation trade.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Making sense of tricky landings
What are the best conditions for landing uphill/downwind or downhill/upwind? It may seem dangerous to land into the wind but downslope on a snowy runway; yet landing upslope with a tailwind seems equally precarious.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
From Tailwheel To Turbine
Total transition training, the Gauntlet way
Bill Stewart, until recently a lapsed pilot, sounds like something between a fighter jock and a kid in a candy store as he recounts his latest aerial exploits on the ramp at Chicago’s Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Be A Great Pilot!
Top tips for all aspects of flight
The sheer enormity of the subject is a little intimidating. You probably could name several thousand characteristics of a “good pilot.”
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If you’re a pilot, there’s more to staying centered than transcendental meditation
It was 1984, and I was ferrying one of the last of the Cessna 207s to South America. It was a midsummer afternoon in South Texas, and the mushroom cumuli were climbing high into the stratosphere all along the border and south toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Flying The Corridors
VFR flight corridors serve a useful purpose in congested and some not-so-congested airspace
VFR corridors have served an important function in U.S. airspace since the creation of the old TCAs (Terminal Control Areas) and TRSAs (Terminal Radar Service Areas), now less telegraphically renamed Class B and Class C airspace, respectively.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Formation Flying! Part II
The cognitive challenges of flying lead
Formation flying is a dangerous and, for me, compellingly beautiful and engaging experience.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
You Spin Me Round!
Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety takes the unusual out of unusual attitudes
When I was a student pilot and my instructor would send me on solo flights to practice maneuvers, stalls were always last on my list.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Lowest To Highest
From below sea level to a Colorado high in a light jet
I spent over a year making the transition from piloting a TBM 700 turboprop to becoming a jet pilot; a process that has taken me through an ATP rating, two type ratings, a lot of simulator time, a jet trip to Paris, a bit of mentoring, one or two scary moments, some frustration and piles of cash
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
10 Signs Of A Great Pilot
Observations from around the patch
All of us have spent considerable time observing our fellow aviators’ takeoffs, landings, radio communications, preflight inspections and general behavior at (and away from) the airport.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The risks and rewards of flying wing
Thursday, June 11, 2009
GPS Approaches for Every Airport?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A New License To Learn
Advanced training leads to more than just proficiency; it can also save lives