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. ...
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.
It's not only general aviation that faces a pilot shortage.
The indiscretions of youth. It's all too easy to examine stupid pilot tricks and dismiss them as functions of immaturity.
Neither the wind given to you by the tower, nor that shown on a mid-field wind sock, is likely to be what you actually experience when landing. ...
It's one of the great paradoxes in aviation that one of the biggest killers of pilots —weather—is one of the least understood and least taught subjects in primary flight instruction.
As it prepares to celebrate its 28th anniversary, ATP has grown into one of the largest and most highly respected professional flight-training academies in the world. ...
Don't be in a rush to screw things up!" It's one of many little sayings and memory joggers that 2010 National CFI Of The Year Jeffrey Robert Moss (everyone calls him "MossY") teaches students in his Flying Like The Pros (FLTP) system....
I'm still learning to fly. Even three decades after earning my private pilot certificate at 17, I'm still a student pilot, and I'm okay with it. ...
Winter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.
Risk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.
I listened carefully to the clearance on the first go-around, shook my head in exasperation, and wondered if the controller had been a trumpet player in a previous life. ...
From two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.
Yes, I know. There aren't many of those procedures in use, and even when they're available, controllers are more likely to issue a circle-to-land clearance on the standard localizer/ILS.
On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.
It barely matters what you fly these days— avgas is starting to comprise a greater percentage of an airplane's total operating cost.
More people give up on their flight training than complete it.
One of the basic clichés in life is that learning anything is quite often a matter of doing it over and over until you get it right. ...
We've all read our share of stories on how to land an airplane, many of them written by pilots with "CFI" after their name.
One of the never-ending conversations in aviation starts with, "How does a person become a better pilot?"
Tom Willett was regarded as a natural. A former USAF navigator, Willett had become one of Globe Aero’s most reliable international ferry pilots.