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Article: Sweet Dreams

If the NTSB had its way, the FAA would be gauging whether or not you’re having sweet dreams and sleeping through the night cuddled up with your teddy bear. ...

Article: The Steve Fossett Accident

The NTSB says the probable cause of the 2007 crash of adventurer Steve Fossett was an inadvertent encounter with downdrafts above mountainous terrain that exceeded the climb capability of the Bellanca Super Decathlon he was flying. Downdrafts,...

Article: Top Mistakes In Convective Environments

Deep, moist convection, better known as thunderstorms, are the nemesis of all aircraft, big or small. Avoidance is mandatory. Deep, moist...

Article: Flying The Corridors

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.

Article: Blocked Pitot Tubes

The crash of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, during a flight from Brazil to Paris focused attention on pitot tubes, although many people had never heard of them before.

Article: Knowing When To Cancel

The other evening, I got a call from a friend who operates a Piper Navajo for his business. He filled me in on what had happened with a flight from his home airport in the Northeast to Miami, Fla.

Article: Should You Reset A Circuit Breaker?

Article: More Than Monitoring

While I was...

Article: Survivable Ditchings

Without...

Article: Icing Awareness

Ten years ago, the...

Article: Parachute Jump Operations

Article: Glass-Cockpit Blackout

The NTSB doesn’t just investigate...

Article: True Confessions

If aviation...

Article: Weather Encounters

There’s never b...

Article: Waking Up To Fatigue

The FAA is paying renewed attention to human fatigue in...

Article: Turbocharger Trouble

You may already...

Article: The Accelerated Stall

The accelerated stall usually surprises a pilot...

Article: The Desire To Go Lower

On February 16, 2008, the...

Article: Tiger Or Demon In Your Tank?

Misfueling occurs when the wrong...

Article: Tight Is Right

It has been said that oil is the blood of an...

Article: Do You Have An Accident Personality?

Are you a pilot who...

Article: Avoiding CFIT Incidents

The NTSB began 2008 by issuing a Safety Alert aimed at...

Article: LSA Safety

We seem to be at the dawn of a new era of hope for general...

Article: Knowing The NOTAMs

Accident investigators sometimes discover that pilots don’t have...

Article: Take A Good Look

Back when I was a student pilot, I developed a habit during the preflight inspection of stepping back and pausing to get an overall visual impression of the control surfaces on the airplane. It started after I had noticed that one of the ailerons on a...

Article: Gone With The Wind

With apologies to Margaret Mitchell, most pilots would welcome the opportunity to be “gone with the wind” and let Mother Nature help keep a lid on upwardly creeping fuel costs. Just a few days ago, a friend of mine found that favorable winds aloft...

Article: The Columbia STS-107 Accident

All of us in aviation lost seven friends last February. No one can forget the horrifying video of the space shuttle Columbia breaking up in the high sky over northwest Texas. For many of us who love the sky, the image was almost incomprehensible, a...

Article: The NASA Report: Looking For Absolution

Before you ask, yes, I’ve...

Article: Learning From Mistakes

One of the best things that the FAA ever did to promote aviation safety was to provide immunity from FAR violations prosecution for pilots who voluntarily report problems and incidents to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) before the FAA g...

Article: 10 Fast Fixes For Lousy Landings