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Article: Flight Control And Trim Anomalies

The NTSB might have had in mind the situation I faced when it issued a new Safety Alert notifying pilots of the importance of performing thorough preflight checks when flying an aircraft for the first time after maintenance.

Article: Mastering Mountain Flying

As part of its effort to reduce the number of general aviation accidents, the NTSB from time to time issues Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots. ...

Article: It’s For You

A pilot using a cell phone in flight, especially during a high work-load segment of a flight, may find the price that might be paid for giving too much attention to the phone is a lot higher than when on the ground.

Article: What In The World Were They Thinking?

If you pay even moderate attention to NTSB accident reports, you're likely to become a safer pilot by osmosis as you absorb the mistakes made by other pilots. ...

Also labeled: FAA Regulations, NTSB Reports

Article: ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?

It won't be for a few years, but we'll eventually know whether the FAA's automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system will meet expectations of its advocates as being the greatest thing since sliced bread for both pilots and air traffic...

Also labeled: Columns, NTSB Reports

Article: The Inhofe Accident

There has been no stronger advocate on Capitol Hill for general aviation and the pilot community than Senator James Inhofe, Republican, of Oklahoma. ...

Article: Drug Use Trends

The NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.

Article: Ice You Can’t See Out The Window

Some pilots may harbor the mistaken notion that if the airplane they're flying doesn't have a carburetor, they don't need to be concerned about the possibility of induction system icing.

Article: Are They Crying Wolf?

He falsely claimed he was being attacked by the wolf so often that when the wolf really did appear, no one came to help.

Article: Surviving A Dozen Engine Failures (Or Was It 13?)

The good news is there's next to no chance you'll ever lose an engine, assuming you don't do anything dumb.

Article: Asiana Flight 214

Are there lessons for pilots of comparatively small general aviation aircraft to learn from the crash of a large Boeing 777 packed with 309 people? ...

Article: Getting The Weather Straight

The NTSB says that the National Weather Service and the FAA need to do a better job of getting important weather information to pilots. ...

Article: Wake Up To Wake Hazards

The potential effects of a wake turbulence encounter are routinely covered during pilot training.

Article: Searching For Missing Aircraft

Questions heard with increasing frequency during the first weeks of fruitless searching for Malaysia Air-lines Flight MH370 concerned whether the search would eventually be abandoned, and whether it's possible that we might never know what happened to...

Article: More Alerts For GA Pilots

If your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.

Article: More Alerts For GA Pilots

As 2013 was poised to become 2014, the NTSB added five new subjects to its growing list of Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots. ...

Article: The Stall Warning System

Whether it's a comparatively simple system (a leading-edge vane operates a switch to complete an electrical circuit and sound a horn or illuminate a bulb), or a complex system (which generates signals to activate a stick shaker), a properly operating...

Article: The Slippery Slope Of OSA

By now you know about the FAA's fascination with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing for pilots and controllers.

Article: Clues From Survivors

Survivors don't always remember very much about an accident. In some cases, memory is affected by the body going into shock or receiving physical injury. ...

Article: The Weather Picture

The program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation. ...

Article: Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria

When Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.

Article: Historic Replicas

Aviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.

Article: Engine-Out Landings

If I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing. ...

Article: Pilots Popping Pills

I recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006. ...

Article: Safety Alerts

Rather than just hand-wringing at the inability of general aviation to bring its accident rates in line with those of the scheduled airlines, the NTSB is trying to cajole and educate pilots and others who might have some influence.

Article: Improving Search And Rescue

As of mid-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Satellite Operations Center in Suitland, Md., had about 355,000 of the newer 406 MHz emergency beacons registered in its SARSAT database.

Article: Counting On The Instructor

A student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.

Article: Minimal Experience

Browse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.

Article: When Close Friends Get Too Close

One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority. ...

Article: The Reno Accident

The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011. ...