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Article: The Low-Tech Approach

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert to pilots emphasizing the importance of not forgetting about an old-fashioned, low-tech approach to maintaining separation from other aircraft, even while adopting advanced...

Article: Flight Control And Trim Anomalies

The NTSB might have had in mind the situation I faced when it issued a new Safety Alert notifying pilots of the importance of performing thorough preflight checks when flying an aircraft for the first time after maintenance.

Article: Go-Arounds: The Sooner, The Better

Easygoing Gary Meermans, at the time chief pilot for United Airlines, smiled from the right seat as I taxied out at Long Beach for my second hour of multi-engine training in one of the world's most tired Piper Apaches.

Article: Mastering Mountain Flying

As part of its effort to reduce the number of general aviation accidents, the NTSB from time to time issues Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots. ...

Article: It’s For You

A pilot using a cell phone in flight, especially during a high work-load segment of a flight, may find the price that might be paid for giving too much attention to the phone is a lot higher than when on the ground.

Article: The Inhofe Accident

There has been no stronger advocate on Capitol Hill for general aviation and the pilot community than Senator James Inhofe, Republican, of Oklahoma. ...

Article: How V-Speeds Change

Many of us may consider short-field operations in the context of an arrival or departure from a runway that we don't normally operate from. ...

Article: Drug Use Trends

The NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.

Article: Ice You Can’t See Out The Window

Some pilots may harbor the mistaken notion that if the airplane they're flying doesn't have a carburetor, they don't need to be concerned about the possibility of induction system icing.

Article: The Insidious Emergency

On the morning of September 5, 2014, news spread rapidly that a Socata TBM 900 aircraft was in trouble.

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Article: Are They Crying Wolf?

He falsely claimed he was being attacked by the wolf so often that when the wolf really did appear, no one came to help.

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.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Skills, Proficiency

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.