Learn To Fly
We're about to kick the sacred cow that is peripheral vision right in the butt and, in the process, probably generate a bunch of letters to the editor. ...
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.
It was the classic example of baby- bird stupidity.
The big secret in aviation is that just about everybody goes into it because it's more fun than should be legally allowed, and not because it's practical. ...
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.
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.
Making the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.
For the first time since the great crash of 2008, we've heard nothing but optimism (though some of it was cautious) during interviews for our annual aerospace careers feature.
It's not only general aviation that faces a pilot shortage.
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. ...
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.
We're threading our way through the majestic Teton Pass—a flight of four Aviat Husky aircraft and a pristine, Yakovlev Yak-52
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.
In the seven years since FAA created the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) category, even with economic woes, nearly 2,000 LSA now grace America’s skies. ...
Sixty miles northeast of Los Angeles, restricted airspaces R-2508 and R-2515 cover Rosamond Dry Lake, home of Edwards Air Force Base.
Melanie Endsley never set out to become a jet pilot. “The plan was just for me to take some safety pilot lessons since I would be flying with a pilot friend in his jet,” explains Endsley.
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.
What makes some runways more challenging than others? The length? The wind? What you had for breakfast that morning? What?
Go behind the scenes on an air-to-air photo mission!
It probably seems extraordinary to be discussing pilot careers at a time when the worst economic turmoil in 60 years has dragged the airline industry to near-collapse and an insatiable media has spotlighted every ugly aspect of the profession.
After earning my private pilot’s license in Alaska in 1980, I wasn’t sure what was next. I loved to fly.