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Article: Making Sense Of The Back-Course Approach

Yes, I know. There aren't many of those procedures in use, and even when they're available, controllers are more likely to issue a circle-to-land clearance on the standard localizer/ILS.

Article: Piper Cub Heaven

On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.

Article: Save On Avgas

It barely matters what you fly these days— avgas is starting to comprise a greater percentage of an airplane's total operating cost.

Article: From The Editor: Over Water

It never seems to matter what headset I'm wearing—when I'm flying over a large stretch of water, I can hear every single sound that the engine makes. ...

Article: September 2011 Readback

The Cirrus SR20 has been selected as the aircraft of choice for the U.S. Air Force Academy's Powered Flight Program. Air Force Selects Cirrus

Article: Should We Rely On GPS?

Ido some post-maintenance test flying for a Cessna 300/400 shop in Long Beach, and a month or so back, I got a call to fly a 421 just coming out of an annual inspection. ...

Article: Battle Over Frigid Seas

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Article: Sharing General Aviation

Working for Uncle Sam in Naples, Italy, prevents me from often seeing my family in the U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision, Randall Fishman

In 2007, a man no one in aviation had ever heard of walked onto the field at Oshkosh, strapped himself into a motorized hang-glider trike and took off. ...

Article: Aerial Recycling

For the last six months or so, every time we'd taxi out, my eyes would drift to one end of the jet ramp, and linger on a Falcon 10 that has been there for quite a while. ...

Also labeled: Pilot Talk

Article: Muscle Memory

One of the basic clichés in life is that learning anything is quite often a matter of doing it over and over until you get it right. ...

Article: Making The Most Of Your Aircraft Asset

There's a verse that goes: "To be successful, all you have to do is work half a day, and most of the time, you get to pick which 12 hours per day you want to work."

Article: August 2011 Readback

Goodyear is working with German manufacturer ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik to build three new blimps beginning in 2013. New Zeppelin Airships For Goodyear

Article: From The Editor: Moving On Up

As pilots, we're constantly looking to challenge ourselves and learn more about flying.

Also labeled: People and Places, Pilot Talk

Article: Lightning!

Perhaps the most active thunderstorm area of the world is Darwin, Australia.

Article: Excellence In Execution

I've dedicated my entire adult life to the art form of air-show flying.

Article: Launchpad Patrol

There appears to be a bank of sea fog rolling in off the Atlantic as we're cleared for a predawn takeoff on runway 09 at Titusville's Space Coast Executive Airport in Florida.

Article: A New Era Dawns: Electric Flight

Fantasy time: A shadow flashes across you as you walk toward the airport cafe.

Article: Easy Ownership: The Great LSA

Herewith, the Essential Question: What's great about owning and flying an LSA?

Article: Challenge Yourself!

One of the never-ending conversations in aviation starts with, "How does a person become a better pilot?"

Article: Today’s GA Market

It's no secret that it is absolutely a buyer's market right now," says Steve Feldman, aircraft broker for AirplanesUSA, one of the largest aircraft dealers in the nation.

Article: How Well Do You Know Your Airliners?

Determining aircraft types isn't as easy as it used to be, when seeing a hump on the front meant it was a 747, and three tail-mounted engines indicated you were in for a noisy 727 departure.

Article: Getting A Few Winks

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt led the outcry of indignation when news broke that the lone controller on the overnight shift at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington had fallen asleep

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies Again

Weird, cool, authentic, bizarre, eccentric, spectacular: so begins my Adjective Hit Parade to describe the Criquet Storch.

Article: Aerodromes And Longevity

Have you ever stood around the airport or at a fly-in, looked at some of your higher-mileage friends, and realized that even the gray dogs in the crowd act and look 15 years younger than you know them to be?

Also labeled: Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: When Weather Gets In The Way

Each cross-country flight is an adventure, but when things don't go as planned, it doesn't have to become a misadventure.

Article: Low Level By Columbia

What had begun as a simple, 4,500 nm, late-winter ferry flight in a capable airplane had deteriorated to an ignominious retreat.

Article: Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My Life

While working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant, I met and married the owner of CP Aviation, Clay Phelps.

Article: The Journey Or The Destination?

Air shows are magnificent aerial productions. Performers travel from far to put on a display of skill, showmanship and passion for aviation. ...

Article: Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For Less

Flying is expensive. In fact, recent initiatives by the FAA and AOPA list the cost of flying as one of the reasons people either opt not to learn to fly, or stop taking lessons once they start.