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Article: The Real Challenges Of Space

Like so many kids who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, I was fascinated by space travel. Most of the kids I knew in Alaska had the same fascination. ...

Article: Words At The Beginning

After you've reached a certain age, when you get an email with a friend's name in the title, you know that the news is never good.

Article: From The Editor: Some Safety Advice & More

Here's hoping your summer flying fun continues for many weeks to come!

Also labeled: Features

Article: Memories Of Australia

Flying down from Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, your course line slowly merges with Australia's east coast as you sneak in from the left. ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk, Travel

Article: Loss Of Control

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." ...

Also labeled: Pilot Talk

Article: It’s The Little Stuff That Gets You

The student was driving, and we had just been given clearance to take off.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

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: Taking A Deeper Look

My happiest moments are spent in the sky surveying my kingdom.

Article: From The Editor: Fly Smarter

We hope you're in the midst of making your summer flying dreams come true. Make the most of those extra hours of daylight!

Article: Stupid Pilot Tricks

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.

Also labeled: Cross-Country Travel, Features

Article: Avionics Academy: How Will The FAA Monitor ADS-B Compliance?

It's actually easier to answer the second part of that question than the first.

Also labeled: Avionics, Pilot Talk

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: The Aviator Voice

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.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Avionics Academy: Why Panel-Mount (TSO) Avionics Cost So Much

The answer has a lot to do with the way the avionics industry has developed in the last century.

Also labeled: Avionics, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Flying Out Of The Country

Flying to an exotic destination like the Bahamas may seem like a daunting, out-of-reach pipe dream.

Also labeled: People and Places, Pilot Talk

Article: Frolicking In A Lake

One of the nice things about growing up in Alaska was the opportunity to fly a variety of airplanes.

Article: Florida Flying

For a pilot, South Florida is just a stepping stone and a 60-mile hop across the water to the Caribbean.

Also labeled: Features, People and Places

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: Avionics Academy: Planning For Avionic Obsolescence

That's just one symptom of a larger problem—modern avionics simply can't be expected to last as long as old radio stacks.

Also labeled: Avionics, Pilot Talk

Article: Andes: Home Of The Mountain Gods

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. ...

Article: From The Editor: Sharpen Your Skills

There are many exciting ways to fine-tune your flying skills and learn new techniques while adding a new rating to your pilot certificate. ...

Article: See Better, Fly Better

Over the past few years, I had become increasingly dependent on my annoying prescription glasses.

Article: And Life Goes On

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. ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

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...

Article: From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-B

Sport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.

Also labeled: Features

Article: The Joys Of Pressurization

Airplanes are different animals ...

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Article: Flying The Bronco

The prototype for one of the world's coolest airplanes was built in a garage.

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: One Man’s Junk Is…

My own airplane-in-a-barn story didn't involve a barn.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Desert Flying

The vast Mojave Desert has a dramatic aviation history as a test bed for experimental military and civilian aircraft.