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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
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
First 500 Feet, Part I: Engine Failure!
What to do when the worst thing happens at the worst moment
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Last 50 ft.
Making it all come together
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Cell Phone To The Rescue
In the air or on the ground, it could save your life
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Controlling Control Pressure
On becoming one of the “smooth ones”
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Going The Distance
Tips for planning a long cross-country
As pilots, we’re used to flight planning. Flights are usually straightforward and easy to plan, but occasionally, they involve multiple legs and traversing congested or complicated airspace. Longer flights require more-than-normal flight planning. I recently completed a 1,600-mile flight in my Garmin G1000–equipped Columbia across seven western and midwestern states and three time zones. It was apparent to me that, to do it right, longer flights entail more than just sitting longer en route and making additional fuel stops, particularly when the flight is more than 1,000 miles.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Flight Planning In The Real World
Realistic flight-planning requires far more than simply measuring the distance, figuring the book speed and fuel burn and then launching
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
NASA reports are good for your certificate, as well as the air safety system
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Telling The Truth On Your Medical
What You Need To Know
Monday, September 1, 2008
Does your adrenaline level skyrocket on gusty days?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Making ADS-B Work
The technology looks promising, but there are still unanswered questions about its implementation