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Article: Lightning Enlightenment

On April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.

Article: Never Run It Dry

It was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.

Article: 30 Things Not To Do In The Pattern

So much of aviation education is built around doing things right.

Article: Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

When I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.

Article: Over Water, Under Canopy!

Cylinder-head temp gauges are creeping noticeably toward the red lines. Not good. No, this isn't looking good at all.

Article: Sharing The Sky

Although birds will take evasive action to avoid us, and lights can make us more conspicuous, there are times when their and our best efforts aren't good enough. ...

Article: Staying Healthy

Pilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.

Article: The Joys Of Summer

It was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.

Article: The Ultimate Choice

It was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.

Article: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Over the years, you've no doubt heard urgings from various government agencies to always pay careful attention to the weather when you're in flying mode. ...

Article: Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!

My friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.

Article: 20 Things You May Not Know About Night Flying

To that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.

Article: Perception

I'm constantly asked about my unique line of work as an air show pilot, "Do you get dizzy?" or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly?" But probably the question I'm most asked is about fear—"Aren't you afraid when you're diving toward the ground?"...

Article: Helpful Suggestions

Aviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.

Article: Setting The Selector

If you've flown a variety of aircraft, you know that some designers decided to make it awfully difficult to see for sure which fuel tank or tanks you've selected. ...

Article: Birds Of A Feather

We're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.

Article: Drinking, Driving And Flying

When FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after being arrested by police in Fairfax City, Va., on a drunk-driving charge, some of my pilot acquaintances were quick to express astonishment at the irony of Babbitt himself likely having to face the...

Article: When Procedures Fail

Pilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.

Article: May I See Your Driver’s License?

Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.

Article: Running With The Big Dogs: A Jet Experience

Don't be in a rush to screw things up!" It's one of many little sayings and memory joggers that 2010 National CFI Of The Year Jeffrey Robert Moss (everyone calls him "MossY") teaches students in his Flying Like The Pros (FLTP) system....

Article: Include, Don’t Exclude

We all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.

Article: Air Race Accidents

The death toll quickly rose to 11, including the pilot with about 70 injured.

Article: Landing Without Flight Controls

The airplane had been climbing through 8,000 feet out of Baghdad for Bahrain when it was hit in the left wing by a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile, fired by a Fedayeen terrorist.

Article: Coast-To-Coast

The faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.

Article: The Dangers Of Noise Fatigue

I was tired. No, beyond tired. I was fairly well-whipped. There are no legal limits imposed on flight hours associated with ferry flying, and stupidly. ...

Article: Fire In Front

According to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires. ...

Article: Winter Flying Tips

Winter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.

Article: Flying Fifi

My most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.

Article: Fuel Imbalance

Most pilots know what it feels like when an airplane is wing heavy because there's more fuel on one side than the other.

Article: Angle Of The Wing

I was introduced to an angle-of-attack indicator back in the early '80s. I was ferrying a V35B Bonanza from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, Calif., where it was to be fitted with one of Victor Aviation's balanced, blueprinted, Black Edition engines. ...