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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: Is The Compass Dead? Is Technology Now King?

Without meaning to, the majority of the population of the industrialized world (and much of the rest) has become wildly dependent on personal technology. ...

Article: From The Ground To The Tropopause

As owner-pilots, we're pretty much on our own when it comes to gaining firsthand weather experience, and there's often a fine line between learning something and getting in over your head.

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: The Insidious Emergency

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

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Safety, Safety

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: 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: Short-Field Ops

Wanna talk about short-field landings? Sure, why not?

Article: Wake Up To Wake Hazards

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

Article: Looking Versus Seeing

The concept of seeing the nose and making it do what the pilot wants it to do is much more complex than it appears.

Also labeled: Features, Flying Skills

Article: 20 Tips For The Pattern

It's a corollary to one of the most popular mantras instructors have been preaching for years: A good landing is nearly always the result of a good approach. ...

Article: Treat Vmc with Respect

The hard reality of twin-engine accidents is that the vast majority are a function of loss of control during single-engine operations. ...

Article: License Next Step: Commercial Certificate

I thought my instructor, John, was testing me to see how I'd react.

Article: Advanced Training

Pilots tend to be creatures of habit, often flying the same type of mission every time.

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: Top 20 Tips For Night Flying

Night flying isn't for everyone. Much of the joy and wonder of flying disappears when the sun goes down.

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: 2014 Hot Aviation Careers

In terms of careers in the aviation industry, all the attention has been focused on regional airlines and the hand-wringing as the supply of pilots is drying up. ...

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: The Season Of Turbulence

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

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Safety, 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 Safety, 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 Safety, Proficiency

Article: 20 Tips For VFR Flying

VFR flying can be more difficult than you might imagine.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Safety, Proficiency

Article: Learn to Fly: A Practical Guide

Though not from any official poll or study, the desire to learn to fly is one of the most often unrealized dreams in our society.