As of mid-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Satellite Operations Center in Suitland, Md., had about 355,000 of the newer 406 MHz emergency beacons registered in its SARSAT database.
After speaking with people in a position to know how the system works, now I can confirm that ADS-B won't make U.S. airspace less secure—far from it. ...
In 1984, I trained with air show pilot Duane Cole at Luck Field in Burleson, Texas, for the Intermediate category of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. ...
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. ...
By any measure, flaps have almost no downside, but they're perhaps the least appreciated component of an aircraft.
A student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.
After going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
Browse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.
How risky is your next flight? ...
One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority. ...
I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...
Fortunately, airplanes don't deal much in real mousetraps, but every once in a while, someone comes along and invents a better one.
The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011. ...
Recently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.
We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.
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.
Rush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.
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.
According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.
It's a notorious section of the North Atlantic known for high waves and vicious winds. It runs 600 miles from the coast of Iceland southeast past the Faroes and Orkney Islands to Northern Scotland.
If one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.
I had just departed Long Beach, Calif., in a Bellanca Viking, headed for the Reno Air Races, when black oil began flowing out of the cowling and onto the windshield. ...
Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.
This summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
On April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.
It was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.
So much of aviation education is built around doing things right.
When I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
Cylinder-head temp gauges are creeping noticeably toward the red lines. Not good. No, this isn't looking good at all.