Everyone reading these words has flown with a lot of other pilots.
The first time I ever engaged an autopilot, it did something completely unexpected, and I quickly turned it back off.
The previous day of training had gone great. The Piper Seminole was easy to handle.
Since its start nearly 30 years ago, Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has grown into the largest provider of pilots to regional airlines. ...
I was cruising high for a normally aspirated twin, scoring a ground speed of 200 knots at 13,000 feet in a freshly restored Cessna 310R.
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.
By any measure, flaps have almost no downside, but they're perhaps the least appreciated component of an aircraft.
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.
Today, a wide range of tools are available to help avoid those dangers, but each has limitations that must be understood in order to use them safely. ...
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.
How risky is your next flight? ...
It was the classic example of baby- bird stupidity.
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.
It's a notorious section of the North Atlantic known for high waves and vicious winds. It runs 600 miles from the coast of Iceland southeast past the Faroes and Orkney Islands to Northern Scotland.
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.
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.
Yeah, I got my license, but then I got married, had a couple of kids and got engrossed in building my career, so I didn't fly for a long time. ...
To that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.
Precision and approximation: These are contradictory terms that, when applied to flying, have more to do with the pilot's mind-set than they do with skill. ...