Here's hoping your summer flying fun continues for many weeks to come!
Recently, the NTSB came out with its 2015 "Most Wanted" list of transportation safety improvements. At the top of the list was "Loss of Control." ...
The student was driving, and we had just been given clearance to take off.
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.
My happiest moments are spent in the sky surveying my kingdom.
We hope you're in the midst of making your summer flying dreams come true. Make the most of those extra hours of daylight!
My wife worked for Douglas Aircraft at the time, and she'd usually file for whatever vacation time she needed to turn what was nearly a nine- or 10-day holiday into two full weeks.
It's actually easier to answer the second part of that question than the first.
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. ...
The other day, as I was pushing my trusty mount out of the hangar, a pilot was having trouble getting a rental Cirrus back in the hangar next door, so I stopped and gave him a hand.
The answer has a lot to do with the way the avionics industry has developed in the last century.
Flying to an exotic destination like the Bahamas may seem like a daunting, out-of-reach pipe dream.
One of the nice things about growing up in Alaska was the opportunity to fly a variety of airplanes.
For a pilot, South Florida is just a stepping stone and a 60-mile hop across the water to the Caribbean.
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.
That's just one symptom of a larger problem—modern avionics simply can't be expected to last as long as old radio stacks.
Head south from the U.S. toward Antarctica, and you'll wind up paralleling a chain of mountains longer and taller than anything else in the Western Hemisphere. ...
There are many exciting ways to fine-tune your flying skills and learn new techniques while adding a new rating to your pilot certificate. ...
Over the past few years, I had become increasingly dependent on my annoying prescription glasses.
Today has been a hard one for those of us who follow history: First thing this morning, I learned that Alex Vraciu, America's highest-scoring surviving ace, had died. ...
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...
Sport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.
Airplanes are different animals ...
The prototype for one of the world's coolest airplanes was built in a garage.
There has been no stronger advocate on Capitol Hill for general aviation and the pilot community than Senator James Inhofe, Republican, of Oklahoma. ...
My own airplane-in-a-barn story didn't involve a barn.
The vast Mojave Desert has a dramatic aviation history as a test bed for experimental military and civilian aircraft.
The whole concept of flying with nothing more than electric power seems somehow anathema to aviation.
Excuse me while I toast myself, but it has been 30 years since I flew my first air show.
They live their retirement dreams before retiring.