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Article: Advanced-Degree Autopilot

We familiarly call them “George” or “Otto.” But Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot makes a strong case for being called “Doctor” George or “Professor” Otto.

Article: Mustang Mystique

As I lower myself into the rear cockpit, I pinch myself. No, I’m not dreaming. I really am in a WWII P-51D Mustang, about to ride with the Horsemen, the world’s only P-51 aerobatic team, known for their hyperprecise formation aerobatics.

Article: Water, Wind & Floats

Be prepared to have fun,” Frances Brown told me. That was one of those phrases I had heard before with little payoff.

Article: Stretching Your Wings

One of the most popular phrases in general aviation is “license to learn.”

Article: The Myth (Almost) Of Tailwinds

It was late March 1994, and I was waiting for wind—again. Mooney Aircraft had loaned me a new TLS in January so I could set several world records flying between Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Fla.

Article: Cowboys & Angels

As we approach from the north, over the deep lapis Caribbean Sea that surrounds a crescent shore, Haiti suddenly appears. At 4:53 p.m.

Article: Dream Makers: Everyday Pilots Reaching For The Sky

Dreams of flight are special. They beckon you from your earliest memories, and they’re insistent—always calling you to look up at the sky when an airplane passes overhead, or crane your neck at the nearest airport.

Article: Nonflying Aerospace Careers

In past years, we’ve called this section “Nonflying Aviation Careers,” recognizing that not everyone interested in aviation wants to be a pilot. ...

Article: 24 Hours: Death Valley

Humans need adventure, stories and new experiences. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard friends talk about the millionth approach to the same old runway, but I still listen because I love to fly.

Article: Ticket To Ride III

Right after soloing in 860LS, the lovely Flight Design CTLS, I feel light as a cloud. In our

Article: Formation Flying! Part II

Formation flying is a dangerous and, for me, compellingly beautiful and engaging experience. Formation flying is a dangerous and, for...

Article: WAAS

The benefits of...

Article: A New License To Learn

Article: First 500 Feet, Part I: Engine Failure!

Article: Looking For 200 Knots

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Article: The Country Pilot

Article: TransPac Aviation Academy

Article: Weather In The Cockpit

Article: The Right Way To The Left Seat

Article: The Last 50 ft.

When...

Article: Controlling Control Pressure

Article: Sport Pilot Daze

Article: Going The Distance

As pilots,...

Article: Glass-Cockpit Blackout

The NTSB doesn’t just investigate...

Article: True Confessions

If aviation...

Article: The Go/No-Go Decision In Winter

It had been a long day. It...

Article: Weather Encounters

There’s never b...

Article: Waking Up To Fatigue

The FAA is paying renewed attention to human fatigue in...

Article: Google Earth: The Ultimate Preflight Tool

Article: Synthetic Vision

Over the past decade, new...