One of the quickest ways to identify an older airplane is to look at the panel.
Without meaning to, the majority of the population of the industrialized world (and much of the rest) has become wildly dependent on personal technology. ...
As owner-pilots, we're pretty much on our own when it comes to gaining firsthand weather experience, and there's often a fine line between learning something and getting in over your head.
The good news is there's next to no chance you'll ever lose an engine, assuming you don't do anything dumb.
The concept of seeing the nose and making it do what the pilot wants it to do is much more complex than it appears.
The hard reality of twin-engine accidents is that the vast majority are a function of loss of control during single-engine operations. ...
I thought my instructor, John, was testing me to see how I'd react.
Night flying isn't for everyone. Much of the joy and wonder of flying disappears when the sun goes down.
Last month, we published a list of 20 tips we hoped might help keep you healthy and happy during VFR flight.
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.
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.