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Article: Asiana Flight 214

Are there lessons for pilots of comparatively small general aviation aircraft to learn from the crash of a large Boeing 777 packed with 309 people? ...

Article: Getting The Weather Straight

The NTSB says that the National Weather Service and the FAA need to do a better job of getting important weather information to pilots. ...

Article: Wake Up To Wake Hazards

The potential effects of a wake turbulence encounter are routinely covered during pilot training.

Article: Searching For Missing Aircraft

Questions heard with increasing frequency during the first weeks of fruitless searching for Malaysia Air-lines Flight MH370 concerned whether the search would eventually be abandoned, and whether it's possible that we might never know what happened to...

Article: More Alerts For GA Pilots

If your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.

Article: More Alerts For GA Pilots

As 2013 was poised to become 2014, the NTSB added five new subjects to its growing list of Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots. ...

Article: Breaking The Accident Chain

Mistakes are a part of life, but when it comes to aviation, sometimes even a simple mistake can lead to disaster.

Article: The Stall Warning System

Whether it's a comparatively simple system (a leading-edge vane operates a switch to complete an electrical circuit and sound a horn or illuminate a bulb), or a complex system (which generates signals to activate a stick shaker), a properly operating...

Article: Control Failures

Control failures and foreign object damage (FOD) aren't something that GA pilots often think about.

Article: The Season Of Turbulence

Most pilots agree that summer is the favored season for flying.

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Article: 20 Tips For IFR Flying

Last month, we published a list of 20 tips we hoped might help keep you healthy and happy during VFR flight.

Article: The Slippery Slope Of OSA

By now you know about the FAA's fascination with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing for pilots and controllers.

Article: Understanding VFR Into IMC Accidents

While there are many factors and influences that can cause pilots trouble in flight, weather is one of the most pervasive and prominent. ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Skills, Proficiency

Article: Turbocharging

You don't have to live in the high plains or the mountains to appreciate the benefits of turbocharging.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Skills, Proficiency

Article: 20 Tips For VFR Flying

VFR flying can be more difficult than you might imagine.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Skills, Proficiency

Article: Clues From Survivors

Survivors don't always remember very much about an accident. In some cases, memory is affected by the body going into shock or receiving physical injury. ...

Article: The Weather Picture

The program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation. ...

Article: Aerobatic Boxes

One of the best things about being a pilot is we can choose where we live, especially aerobatic pros who like to live close to their work. ...

Article: Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria

When Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.

Article: One Trip, 85 Suitcases

Flying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there. ...

Article: Earn Your Multi-Engine Rating

The previous day of training had gone great. The Piper Seminole was easy to handle.

Article: Historic Replicas

Aviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.

Article: Airline Transport Professionals

Since its start nearly 30 years ago, Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has grown into the largest provider of pilots to regional airlines. ...

Article: The Lowdown On Go-Downs

I was cruising high for a normally aspirated twin, scoring a ground speed of 200 knots at 13,000 feet in a freshly restored Cessna 310R.

Article: War College

I was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.

Article: Engine-Out Landings

If I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing. ...

Article: Shut Up And Fly

At a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.

Article: Engine Loss: How Will You React?

We don't want it to happen, but it can. An engine loss will cause surprise and denial, so you need to be mentally prepared with a plan of action. ...

Article: Turbine Matters

So far, the flight was going well, but I couldn't shake the feeling that things were going almost too well.

Article: Pilots Popping Pills

I recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006. ...