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Article: From The Editor: Shared Passion

There was a time in each of our lives when we weren’t yet pilots. Born as aviators, perhaps, but not licensed pilots. We jumped at any opportunity to get closer to the sky, and more often than not, passion overruled reason. Countless childhood hours h...

Also labeled: Features, Journeys

Article: Tech Talk: Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology

­If there ever was a cross between a computer game and the real world, it was laid out on the panel before me. I was at the 2008 Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in...

Article: Llamas & Condors

I was at a speaking engagement in Alaska awhile back,...

Article: Tiger Or Demon In Your Tank?

Misfueling occurs when the wrong...

Article: Sun ’n Fun 2008!

As this column is being written, I’m sitting in an...

Article: Ab Initio Training With A Touch Of Glass

If you were to drive across the country, you could point your car in the right direction and eventually you’d get to your destination, though perhaps not by a straight-line route. Before leaving, you’d need to consult a map to ensure that you’re headi...

Article: Contact: Functional Beauty

The other evening, I was flipping through the channels looking for something to watch on TV when I landed on a show about Concorde’s final flight, back in October 2003. Hard to believe it has been almost five years. Knowing that last flight would o...

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Article: Touchdowns: Ever Upward

In the late ’50s, the Air Force...

Article: State Of The LSA Industry

At the 2005 AOPA Convention, barely six months after the first light-sport aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificates were issued, AOPA President Phil Boyer observed, "This has got to be one of the most interesting things you can do: help bring a...

Article: Bad Landings, Egos & Me

I knew it was windy, but it wasn’t that bad. I...

Article: Tight Is Right

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

Article: Flying the G1000 IFR Like the Pros!

Flying the...

Article: From The Editor: Snapped Out Of Complacency

On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Dallas, I was nearing a pit stop in Albuquerque when the radio crackled with the following: “Thunderbird One, you’re cleared direct Red Ridge.” “Hmm, can it be the T-Birds?” I thought as I sped toward the Lone Star...

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Article: Super Bowl Super Fly-In

It was Super Bowl morning,...

Article: Avoiding CFIT Incidents

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

Article: Paws In The Sky

Yes, I’m guilty. The rumors are true. I am one of those...

Article: The Four Aviation Food Groups

Balanced aviation nutrition is like...

Article: LSA Safety

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

Article: Safety—A Tough Sell

Woody was one of those pilots we all thought...

Article: Fathers, Sons And Flying

For me, it all began a few thousand feet over some Michigan farmland about 40 years ago. We were somewhere between Detroit and Alpena when my father gave me a heading, told me to keep it straight and level, and then let me grab the yoke. I’ll never...

Article: Passion Breeds Success

Yesterday, as we were taxiing back for yet...

Article: Why Learn To Fly?

Pete runs a dental practice and learned to fly so he...

Article: Becoming Invisible

Officially, the EAA AirVenture was over. Only a few hours earlier, a voice had boomed over the PA system, saying thanks and come again next year. That was the signal that it was time to return to the real world and normalcy. However, those of us...

Also labeled: Features, People and Places

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: Ferry Dogs

D'ja ever try to take two German shepherds flying in a four-seat retractable? It's nearly an impossible mission. Years ago, on a whim, I took my big 120-pound Siberian husky, Kenai, flying in the family Mooney. Though Kenai was in the habit of talking...

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Article: Whispers

At first, I wasn’t certain I had heard it. It was a faraway voice, not quite a whisper, and my headset killed the engine noise just enough that I could tell it was there. Had I imagined it? Was I actually hearing it, or was my own mind talking to me a...

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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: Setting The Record Straight

Lyn “I’m the boss?” Freeman, Plane & Pilot’s leader (a scary thought, at best) challenged me to put my flight-instructing skills to the test by checking him out in my airplane for an article. I figured, sure. It ought to be fun. I mean, it’s just a...

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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...