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Article: Looking Versus Seeing

The concept of seeing the nose and making it do what the pilot wants it to do is much more complex than it appears.

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Article: Treat Vmc with Respect

The hard reality of twin-engine accidents is that the vast majority are a function of loss of control during single-engine operations. ...

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Article: License Next Step: Commercial Certificate

I thought my instructor, John, was testing me to see how I'd react.

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Article: Top 20 Tips For Night Flying

Night flying isn't for everyone. Much of the joy and wonder of flying disappears when the sun goes down.

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Article: 20 Tips For IFR Flying

Last month, we published a list of 20 tips we hoped might help keep you healthy and happy during VFR flight.

Article: Learn to Fly: A Practical Guide

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.

Article: Pilots Versus Aviators

Everyone reading these words has flown with a lot of other pilots.

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Article: Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy

The first time I ever engaged an autopilot, it did something completely unexpected, and I quickly turned it back off.

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Article: Earn Your Multi-Engine Rating

The previous day of training had gone great. The Piper Seminole was easy to handle.

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Article: Airline Transport Professionals

Since its start nearly 30 years ago, Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has grown into the largest provider of pilots to regional airlines. ...

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Article: The Lowdown On Go-Downs

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.

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Article: Engine Loss: How Will You React?

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. ...

Article: Turbine Matters

So far, the flight was going well, but I couldn't shake the feeling that things were going almost too well.

Article: The Reality Of Deep Stalls

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. ...

Article: Pilot Fatigue

Most often, when we use the term "fatigue" in aviation circles, it refers to the airplane's fatigue life.

Article: Hot Starts

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?

Article: Beyond The Checkride

So now what? You've earned the private certificate and are happily amassing flight time with all kinds of aerial adventures.

Article: The Logic Of Flaps

By any measure, flaps have almost no downside, but they're perhaps the least appreciated component of an aircraft.

Article: Expand Your Iceberg

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.

Article: Weather Avoidance Techniques

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. ...

Article: 10 Flying Techniques From Great Aviators

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.

Article: Risky Business

How risky is your next flight? ...

Article: 10 Tips For VFR Flying In Marginal Weather

It was the classic example of baby- bird stupidity.

Article: When To Abort

Mention the word "abort" to a pilot, and you'll immediately summon visions of every pilot's nightmare— an engine failure on takeoff. ...

Article: IFR Strategies In Convective Weather

I just completed a trip from a coastal town in northern California, to Erie, Penn., and back in a Columbia 400.

Article: Say When

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.

Article: Consequences Of Mayday

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.

Article: Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies

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. ...

Article: Never Run It Dry

It was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.

Article: 30 Things Not To Do In The Pattern

So much of aviation education is built around doing things right.