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Article: Over Water, Under Canopy!

Cylinder-head temp gauges are creeping noticeably toward the red lines. Not good. No, this isn't looking good at all.

Article: The Joys Of Summer

It was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.

Article: The Ultimate Choice

It was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.

Article: Getting Back Into It

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. ...

Article: 20 Things You May Not Know About Night Flying

To that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.

Article: Precision Flying

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. ...

Article: A Part 142 Flight Review

Like so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.

Article: Living Large

Making the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.

Article: Aerosim Flight Academy

It's not only general aviation that faces a pilot shortage.

Article: How Low Should You Go?

The indiscretions of youth. It's all too easy to examine stupid pilot tricks and dismiss them as functions of immaturity.

Article: Combating Crosswinds

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. ...

Article: Weather Avoidance: Back To Basics

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.

Article: Airline Transport Professionals

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. ...

Article: Running With The Big Dogs: A Jet Experience

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....

Article: Do Something Magical: Learn To Fly

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. ...

Article: Winter Flying Tips

Winter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.

Article: Risk Management

Risk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.

Article: IFR Communications: Serious 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. ...

Article: Fear Of Dunking

From two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.

Article: Making Sense Of The Back-Course Approach

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.

Article: Piper Cub Heaven

On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.

Article: Save On Avgas

It barely matters what you fly these days— avgas is starting to comprise a greater percentage of an airplane's total operating cost.

Article: Pilot Training: Finish What You Started

More people give up on their flight training than complete it.

Article: Muscle Memory

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. ...

Article: Mysteries Of Landing

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.

Article: Challenge Yourself!

One of the never-ending conversations in aviation starts with, "How does a person become a better pilot?"

Article: Takeoff Mistakes: The Critical Minute

Tom Willett was regarded as a natural. A former USAF navigator, Willett had become one of Globe Aero’s most reliable international ferry pilots.

Article: Greasing It On: 20 Tips To Get ’Er Done

We all know "those" kinds of pilots: They never bounce, are always down in the first few hundred feet, and put it on slicker’n a squashed gopher (I dare you). ...

Article: Making History

Sixty miles northeast of Los Angeles, restricted airspaces R-2508 and R-2515 cover Rosamond Dry Lake, home of Edwards Air Force Base.

Article: Beware The Downburst

Contrary to the advice that aviation usually allows you to make most mistakes only once, I’ve been fortunate in 50 years of flying to make virtually all the bad mistakes, in some cases more than once.