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Article: Parachute Jump Operations

Article: Glass-Cockpit Blackout

The NTSB doesn’t just investigate...

Article: True Confessions

If aviation...

Article: Weather Encounters

There’s never b...

Article: Waking Up To Fatigue

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

Article: Turbocharger Trouble

You may already...

Article: The Accelerated Stall

The accelerated stall usually surprises a pilot...

Article: Tiger Or Demon In Your Tank?

Misfueling occurs when the wrong...

Article: Tight Is Right

It has been said that oil is the blood of an...

Article: Avoiding CFIT Incidents

The NTSB began 2008 by issuing a Safety Alert aimed at...

Article: LSA Safety

We seem to be at the dawn of a new era of hope for general...

Article: Take A Good Look

Back when I was a student pilot, I developed a habit during the preflight inspection of stepping back and pausing to get an overall visual impression of the control surfaces on the airplane. It started after I had noticed that one of the ailerons on a...

Article: Gone With The Wind

With apologies to Margaret Mitchell, most pilots would welcome the opportunity to be “gone with the wind” and let Mother Nature help keep a lid on upwardly creeping fuel costs. Just a few days ago, a friend of mine found that favorable winds aloft...

Article: Learning From Mistakes

One of the best things that the FAA ever did to promote aviation safety was to provide immunity from FAR violations prosecution for pilots who voluntarily report problems and incidents to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) before the FAA g...

Article: The Wellstone Accident

The NTSB has released its final report on the October 25, 2002, accident in which U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and seven others were killed at Eveleth, Minn. The twin-engine turboprop King Air A100 didn’t have a cockpit voice recorder, so...

Article: Known And Unknown Deficiencies

While the FAA makes the pilot responsible for determining whether or not an aircraft that he or she is about to fly is airworthy, the pilot must rely to a great extent on what others have...

Article: Devastating Details

One consequence of the nation’s economic downturn and the accompanying slump in general aviation was that some...

Article: A Deadly Sense of Euphoria

One of the subjects that is frequently emphasized in the materials that are published by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aeromedical Education Division is hypoxia, which is more commonly ...

Article: The Silent Killer

Against the background of an aging fleet of general-aviation, piston-powered airplanes, the NTSB suggested that it’s time for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take a closer look at e...

Article: Learning From A Heavy-Iron Accident

A Boeing 727 is different from the airplanes that most of us fly. Nevertheless, there are some things that we can learn from the NTSB’s recently completed report on an accident involving a FedEx c...

Article: A Needle In A Haystack

Sometime in 2009, the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system will no longer be receiving distress signals on today’s common distress frequencies, 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. Instead, the satellites will...

Article: Fill ’Er Up

Running out of fuel and crashing is something you might expect from an inexperienced private pilot, but not from a crew of professional pilots or even experienced pilots. Yet that was exactly...

Article: Safety In Numbers

This past March, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released preliminary accident statistics for 2004. The numbers show a welcome overall safety trend for general aviation (GA),...

Article: Turbulent Times

A few weeks ago, New York was experiencing an extended period of rainy weather, accompanied by what seemed like constant low overcasts, reduced visibility and winds that were...

Article: Weather-Avoidance Assistance

While the primary duty of controllers is to separate and direct traffic, they also have a duty to help pilots avoid weather hazards. The FAA’s handbook for controllers requires them to issue pertinent information on observed and reported weather, p...

Article: The Touchdown Set-Up

One of the really great things about most light general aviation airplanes is that they generally are highly responsive to control and power inputs, and touchdown speeds are comparatively...

Article: Overstressing The Airframe

Some pilots may believe that an instrument rating and a fair amount of flight time are good insurance against getting into a situation that results in losing aircraft control or exceeding...