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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: Angle Of The Wing

I was introduced to an angle-of-attack indicator back in the early '80s. I was ferrying a V35B Bonanza from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, Calif., where it was to be fitted with one of Victor Aviation's balanced, blueprinted, Black Edition engines. ...

Article: Keeping It Real

I’m weaving my Bell Jet Ranger helicopter through the labyrinthine Hong Kong skyline.

Article: Flight Guide iEFB

Since our review of the Flight Guide iEFB in “Top 20 iPad Apps” [September 2010], we have taken a much closer look at this iPad app.

Article: We Fly The Space Shuttle (Simulator, That Is)

I always seem to be in the wrong time warp. I was born too late to fly fighters in WWII and too late for the space program.

Article: Lessons Learned Part 2

After earning my private pilot’s license in Alaska in 1980, I wasn’t sure what was next. I loved to fly.

Article: Anywhere Map Quadra

At first glance there’s not much to the new Anywhere Map Quadra, but therein lies its considerable charm.

Article: Spidertracks Aviator & FleetPro

When you’re flying over rough terrain or desolate areas, you tend to have certain thoughts.

Article: Lessons Learned Part 1

My first flight lessons might have been different than yours, but as with all pilots, those early experiences are still tattooed in my mind. ...

Article: SolidFX FX10

For years, U.S. instrument pilots have had a choice between charts from the FAA’s National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO) and from Jeppesen, the overwhelming choice among commercial pilots.

Article: Spot Satellite GPS Messenger

On long cross-country flights, I always bring my Spot Personal Tracker along. On long cross-country flights,...

Article: AV8OR Ace

We’ve reached the point in aviation GPS technology where we’re no longer comparing “bad” units to “good” ones. Instead, we examine a unit’s overall look and feel (i.e., its quirks, nuances and exclusive features) to see if it fits our specific needs—the...

Article: FlightPrep ChartBook

Over the years, we’ve reviewed quite a few electronic flight bags (EFBs) and other devices that have claimed to eliminate paper from the cockpit.

Article: Flying The Corridors

V­FR corridors have served an important function in U.S. airspace since the creation of the old TCAs (Terminal Control Areas) and TRSAs (Terminal Radar Service Areas), now less telegraphically renamed Class B and Class C airspace, respectively.

Article: WAAS

The benefits of...

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

Article: The Last 50 ft.


Article: Controlling Control Pressure

Article: Garmin 696: A Giant Leap Ahead

Article: Going The Distance

As pilots,...

Article: Learn To Fly: Fun Things You Can Do With Your Certificate

Article: Choosing Your Handheld

Article: The Go/No-Go Decision In Winter

It had been a long day. It...

Article: Google Earth: The Ultimate Preflight Tool

Article: SureCheck TrafficScope VRX

For those of us who routinely fly in busy airspace, the...

Article: Mastering The Panel-Mounted GPS Part 1: VFR Use

Learning to use even one ...

Article: Garmin GPSmap 296

I count myself lucky that I’m allowed to fly with virtually all t...

Article: AvMap/Navigation’s EKP-IV GPS

AvMap’s EKP-IV—which is an enhanced version of its predecessor, called the EKP-IIIC—can most likely best be described as the Rolls-Royce of portable GPS units for in-cockpit use. It’s bigger than your...

Article: Great Handheld Gadgets!

Most airplanes in the...

Article: Mercury Computer Systems VistaNav

If you’re like me—a pilot who mainly flies airplanes with “steam gauge” instruments that look increasingly out of date—you probably salivate over the glass flight decks that are common in new airplanes. Even the latest (smallest) singles from Cessna...