Looking out across 100 different shades of blue, broken up by sandbars swirled like the inside of a marble, I banked the trusty Cessna 182 Skylane toward the pink-sand beaches of Eleuthera—one of the islands in The Bahamas.
Wanna talk about short-field landings? Sure, why not?
Here's a black-and-white statement that's more fact than opinion: The rudder is easily the least understood and most misused control in an airplane. ...
It's a corollary to one of the most popular mantras instructors have been preaching for years: A good landing is nearly always the result of a good approach. ...
Pilots tend to be creatures of habit, often flying the same type of mission every time.
Headlines across the media have recently focused on the shortage of regional airline pilots.
In 1925, when barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, they probably had no idea their company would turn into one of the most recognized private aviation...
The last few years have brought some of the most sweeping changes to commercial pilot training that we've ever seen in the industry.
Though not from any official poll or study, the desire to learn to fly is one of the most often unrealized dreams in our society.
Just when you thought everything had been done in the world of ground school/knowledge exam preparation, along comes somebody with a twist on tradition. ...
It had been a long day. Fatigue gnawed at me like the blade of a dull knife, numbing my senses, sapping my strength and fogging what little brain power I had left. Flying the Southwest in July isn't always fun.
Careers in aviation are nothing if not dynamic. Aviation Career Update 2013
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.
Aviation is awash in proficiency-oriented literature and training courses. But, what exactly is proficiency?
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. ...
As a kid in love with flying and all things related to it, I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid for it.
I was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.
One of the great joys of this job is that I've been allowed to interview and get to know some of the most interesting pilots in aviation.
It was the classic example of baby- bird stupidity.
The big secret in aviation is that just about everybody goes into it because it's more fun than should be legally allowed, and not because it's practical. ...
I had just departed Long Beach, Calif., in a Bellanca Viking, headed for the Reno Air Races, when black oil began flowing out of the cowling and onto the windshield. ...
It was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.
So much of aviation education is built around doing things right.
Like so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.
Making the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.