As owner-pilots, we're pretty much on our own when it comes to gaining firsthand weather experience, and there's often a fine line between learning something and getting in over your head.
The good news is there's next to no chance you'll ever lose an engine, assuming you don't do anything dumb.
We don't want it to happen, but it can. An engine loss will cause surprise and denial, so you need to be mentally prepared with a plan of action. ...
So far, the flight was going well, but I couldn't shake the feeling that things were going almost too well.
Aviation educators like to hope that all pilots learned everything they'll ever need to know about stalls when they earned their private pilot's license. ...
Most often, when we use the term "fatigue" in aviation circles, it refers to the airplane's fatigue life.
When was the last time you drove down to 7-Eleven on a sizzling-hot summer afternoon to buy a Lotto ticket, came back with what you hoped were the winning numbers, and your car refused to start because of the heat?
So now what? You've earned the private certificate and are happily amassing flight time with all kinds of aerial adventures.
We're about to kick the sacred cow that is peripheral vision right in the butt and, in the process, probably generate a bunch of letters to the editor. ...
How risky is your next flight? ...
Mention the word "abort" to a pilot, and you'll immediately summon visions of every pilot's nightmare— an engine failure on takeoff. ...
I just completed a trip from a coastal town in northern California, to Erie, Penn., and back in a Columbia 400.
I'm one of the world's luckiest pilots. On occasion, I'm allowed to fly some of the best new airplanes in general aviation.
This year has produced quite a few tax law changes that will impact general aviation and the business use of aircraft.
Cylinder-head temp gauges are creeping noticeably toward the red lines. Not good. No, this isn't looking good at all.
It was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.
It was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.
I was introduced to an angle-of-attack indicator back in the early '80s. I was ferrying a V35B Bonanza from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, Calif., where it was to be fitted with one of Victor Aviation's balanced, blueprinted, Black Edition engines. ...
Risk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.
It’s ironic that most general aviation pilots consider a possible engine failure as their greatest fear.
I listened carefully to the clearance on the first go-around, shook my head in exasperation, and wondered if the controller had been a trumpet player in a previous life. ...
On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.
We've all read our share of stories on how to land an airplane, many of them written by pilots with "CFI" after their name.
One of the never-ending conversations in aviation starts with, "How does a person become a better pilot?"
Tom Willett was regarded as a natural. A former USAF navigator, Willett had become one of Globe Aero’s most reliable international ferry pilots.
We all know "those" kinds of pilots: They never bounce, are always down in the first few hundred feet, and put it on slicker’n a squashed gopher (I dare you). ...
One of the most basic tenets of journalism is that we're all either the beneficiaries or the victims of our sources.
All of us have things in our lives that make us uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of terrorizing us. As kids, it’s what’s hiding under the bed. ...
Hello, can I schedule a lesson for Friday afternoon? No? You don’t have an airplane available?
Sixty miles northeast of Los Angeles, restricted airspaces R-2508 and R-2515 cover Rosamond Dry Lake, home of Edwards Air Force Base.