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Article: My Secret

I have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the aviation community. I have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the...

Article: Cross-Country Cubbing

Some things in life make sense. Others do not. For instance, flying a 65 hp, 75 mph cruise J-3 Cub 650 miles from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania does not, by most definitions, make sense.

Article: Reflections On Inner & Outer Flight

Why are we so fascinated by flight? What draws us to it? What makes flight so special? Why are we so...

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: Light-Sport Chronicles: Three From The Heart

Weeks into the New England summer season, which, as of July 4, is more like an extended March, I’m feeling a serious need for some LSA speed. ...

Article: What Recession?

Is Oshkosh ever really over? It’ll be weeks, maybe months, before my mind catches up with my body.

Article: Ferry Flying As A Career?

I receive more e-mail and snail mail from readers about ferry flying than on all other subjects combined.

Article: From Hero To Bum—Almost

It was January 1989, and I had just delivered a new Grand Caravan to Comair in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Article: Profiles In Vision: Dan Johnson

He’s the kind of guy you feel chummy with the first time you meet him. He’s the kind of guy you feel chummy with the first time you meet him. Maybe it’s...

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: A Sentimental Journey

I took a short flight recently, one not normally worth mentioning around the hangar. But ’twas important to me—an attempt to relive the good old days of flying, that is, the ’60s and ’70s.

Article: From The Editor: Three Classics

It was a dark 3 a.m. when the alarm clock went off last Sunday morning. A glance outside revealed a starlit sky; finally, the June gloom had given way to our photo flight plans.

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Article: From The Editor: When You Least Expect It

Article: Stick Time In An F-4 Sim

As a twenty something, I figured that the only chance I would ever have of getting into an F-4 Phantom cockpit would involve a successful run for Congress, followed by finagling a seat on the Armed Services Committee.

Article: The Pilot Decides

Each year, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the union representing FAA controllers, honors members who’ve helped save pilots from dangerous situations that might have resulted in accidents.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Ghost Wings

Article: Harry

Article: Singapore By Bonanza

He was...

Article: From The Editor: “Student Pilot, First Solo”

Article: The Proposal

As a dating couple, Brian and I often had to be very creative about finding time to spend together since I’m an airline first officer and Brian is the operations coordinator for Team Oracle. In July 2007, we were happily anticipating a week off that w...

Article: Should You Reset A Circuit Breaker?

Article: Smoke On!

It’s hot in this race plane…even at 1,000 feet…or is it just me? My mouth is dry and my heart is racing as I watch the competitor before me twisting his way through the track. ...

Article: CSI Insurance: Excogitations On LSA Crashes, Part Deux

Article: Glass Half Empty?

Article: Traveling By “Corporate” Airplane

I’ve owned personal airplanes almost since I earned my pilot’s license 43 years ago. I didn’t buy my first airplane, a Globe Swift, specifically for business (in fact, I don’t recall ever flying it in conjunction with a story), but most of the half-do...

Article: They’re Here, Now What?

Article: From The Editor: Low & Slow

Article: Protecting Kenya’s National Parks

I often wear a little leather choker with two bronze elephant tusks. I picked it up a few years ago in a Nairobi gallery called Matt Bronze, and it reminds me of the wild things that still live in Kenya.

Article: More Than Monitoring

While I was...

Article: Logging Time In The World’s Largest Airliner

I’m sitting in the pilot’s seat of an Airbus A380 surrounded by 10 flat-panel displays and more switches than I can describe. It’s the world’s largest airliner, and its size is staggering.