When you're a student pilot, everything in the airplane seems to happen at warp speed.
Rod Machado is at the leading edge of the latter group, and his instruction books on the various aspects of learning to fly are some of the most readable and entertaining you'll ever encounter.
Aviation might be where we feel most alive. Maybe that's why intuition plays such a key part in it.
The potential effects of a wake turbulence encounter are routinely covered during pilot training.
As the student settled into the back pit and started to put his headset on, I stopped him and took his baseball hat off his head.
Mooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.
Circumnavigating the globe in your own airplane is the ultimate flying adventure, but such a large undertaking comes with challenges of piles of paperwork and local permissions.
I love flying cross-country. It's almost the best part of my work because there's nothing like the freedom of flying a small airplane from coast to coast. ...
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...
I first noticed it when one of our newer controllers, whose voice I didn't recognize, told us we were cleared for takeoff on Runway Tree. Tree? Huh! ...
Each year, the Collings Foundation flies a selection of rare warbirds around the country, stopping at more than 110 towns.
As one who has struggled across a few oceans in a variety of single- and twin-engine piston and turbine airplanes, I've been subjecting my ears to a long-term deluge of noise pollution.
How do you make a million bucks in the air show business?
If your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.
My student was from England. The first hop of the day was normal: from calling ATIS to flying the flight, nothing unusual.
As pilots, we all have strong opinions on the best day-to-day airplane to own.
In keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.
There's another highway "up there," one in which pilots fly airplanes across great expanses of water and time, across the sharp edges of continents and the less sharp geographical boundaries of politics and countries.
Maybe it's a personal thing, but to apply the term "hobby" or "pastime" to flying sounds somehow demeaning.
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. ...
Being prepared for a cross-country trip is important for a safer and more enjoyable flight.
Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.
These days, whenever I pick up an aviation magazine, I catch an article about how important stick-and- rudder skills are in primary flight training. ...
Personal flight has never been quite the same since.
I had an emotionally wild and totally unexpected thing happen last week.
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...
Control failures and foreign object damage (FOD) aren't something that GA pilots often think about.
Some places were simply meant for pilots. ...
With no form of motive power on the nose or wings, you might expect gliders to have limited altitude capability, but I quickly learned that's not the case. ...
No doubt you've heard about the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category and the sport-pilot (SP) rule. Let's take a look to help you decide whether LSA is the right nest for you.