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Article: Serendipitous Encounters

We were in the pattern and just in the process of turning downwind from crosswind when the tower said, “Eight-papa-bravo, you’re number two to a Liberator that will be crossing over the airport to...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Recovering From The EAA AirVenture

We had just returned from Oshkosh, Wis., late last night, which is another way of saying that today, I’m going to be nearly useless. There are lots of things to be done, but I d...

Article: No Offense

Exactly what part of the brain controls our egos, anyway? Since I’m not a shrink and simply apply what I’ve seen over a lifetime, I’d have to say that the part that controls our aviation ego is also...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Howard Hughes

This past December 2004 marked the...

Also labeled: Aviation History, Features

Article: Fear Of Flying

Am I the only person in the aviation world who has ever gone through, and still goes through, periods of apprehension when it comes to flying? I can even go so far as to say that I’m maybe even a...

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Article: So Many Types, So Little Time

One of the perks of this job is the chance to fly a wide variety of airplanes. My hours and ratings aren’t anything special, but I’m happy that I’ve been allowed to fly a little of everything at one...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Smarter Than A Tow Bar?

What’s the tennis ball for?” asked one of my students. Almost every one of them ask the same old question. I answered, “That’s one of the IQ tests that came with my hangar. You can’t be issued a...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Young Geniuses

The other night, at the urging of a friend, Marlene and I did something we rarely do: We went to see a band play at a local watering hole (I would have said “dive,” but didn’t feel it...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: First Flight

As one who is sometimes asked to speak before pilot groups, I was struck by a column written by fellow editor, retired airline captain and general-aviation bon vivant Dave Gwinn in the...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Time Flies

As I’m typing this, my little red airplane is in the hos-pital for a 100-hour inspec-tion that is going to cost nearly 1⁄5 of what the air-plane is valued new. Every time the phone rings, it’s anoth...

Also labeled: Columns

Article: For The Birds

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by birds. I remember sitting on the beach during family vacations to Venice, Fla., as a kid of seven through 13, entranced by pelicans in o...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Fences

Yesterday evening, a friend and I were flying across the desert a few miles south of Phoenix, when my fellow pilot asked, “Hey, wanna look at the horses?” A wing dropped, and I found mys...

Also labeled: Columns

Article: Wing Dings

It’s a problem most of us with metal airplanes face at one time or another—dings, those small dents that seem to go hand in hand with owning an aluminum flying machine. Unless you own a...

Also labeled: Columns, Maintenance

Article: The Derelicts

I’ve mentioned them before—those long-dead, thoroughly baked carcasses I taxi past each day that at some time in the past, were airplanes. Now they’re aeronautically shaped mounds of...

Article: Remembering Curtis Pitts

I had just parked in front of my insurance agent’s office and was cursing myself for forgetting to bring the premium check when it hit me. It was as if someone way down at the end o...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Avgas Alternatives

I did something incredibly stupid the other day. My fuel is on an open account, and the price is always buried in a seldom-seen monthly statement. So, I asked the price. The nice...

Also labeled: Columns, Finance

Article: Fabulous Fall Flying

It’s no secret to pilots that f...

Also labeled: Fall Flying

Article: Romancing the Stone

Carlana Stone and her husband...

Also labeled: Features, Overcoming Adversity

Article: The Traveling Polosons

In 1978, Bert and Grace Poloson, both licensed...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Fly Chile

I squinted as I scanned the horizon from the ...

Also labeled: Flying Outside The U.S.

Article: All The Way To South America

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Also labeled: Flying Outside The U.S.

Article: Learning To Fly Seaplanes

For many pilots, attaining ...

Article: The Katrina Aftermath

My timing couldn’t have been worse. On Monday, August 29, 2005, I boarded an American Airlines 767 out of Los Angeles and headed for Orlando, Fla., well aware that Hurricane Katrina was...

Article: Iceland, The Prequel

This is being written on the road or, more accurately, in the sky. As I tap out these words on my Think Pad, I’m cruising comfortably at FL390 in a British Airways 747, only two hours ...

Article: Through The Eyes Of A Ferry Pilot

Almost by definition, half of every delivery flight I make is on an airliner. I’ve been able to dovetail ferry flights to and from the same destinations a total of once in nearly 30 years o...

Also labeled: Careers, Columns