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Article: 2009 National CFI of the Year

Recently, a VFR pilot flying a Cessna 172 departed after dark in VMC and flew into IMC. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported an electrical failure to ATC, but continued into a thickening blanket of fog.

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: July 2009 Readback

Article: Air Show Roundup: Sun 'n Fun 2009

In spite of lighter attendance than last year, the 2009 EAA Sun ’n Fun Fly-In drew an enthusiastic crowd to Lakeland, Fla., for the week’s festivities. ...

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: 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: June 2009 Readback

The Terrafugia Transition proof-of-concept roadable aircraft...

Article: They’re Here, Now What?

Article: The Country Pilot

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: The Right Way To The Left Seat

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: CSI Insurance: Excogitations On LSA Crashes, Part 1

Article: Early-Morning Cockpits

As I was...

Article: Why Retract?

My first airplane was a retractable, but it was sometimes hard to tell. It was a purely stock 1946 Globe Swift GC1B, and while the main wheels would retract—eventually—there often seemed to be little effect on performance. Though the airplane was a cut...

Article: May 2009 Readback

Article: Ownership Made Easy

This...

Article: 53 Years Later

I’m 77 and hold a commercial pilot license and an instrument rating. I’ve filled four logbooks. As a child, I made balsa-wood and tissue-paper airplanes. As a teen, I made gas U-Control model airplanes, and I used to ride my bike to the airport...

Article: From the Editor: A Diamond For A Pilot’s Pilot

Article: Personal Aviation At A Crossroads

Five years ago, the first special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) received its airworthiness certificate, opening up a new chapter in the regulation of simple personal flight. More than 1,000 of these factory-built aircraft and more than 8,000 former...

Article: Survivable Ditchings

Without...