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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: Mind Over Matter

We can't be flying all the time, though some would prefer it. I admit I'm a lousy spectator.

Article: Safety Alerts

Rather than just hand-wringing at the inability of general aviation to bring its accident rates in line with those of the scheduled airlines, the NTSB is trying to cajole and educate pilots and others who might have some influence.

Article: The Art And Science Of Formation Flying

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be flying in close formation with another airplane, seeing the tiniest movement of an aileron, the heat curling from the exhaust? ...

Article: What Is Proficiency?

Aviation is awash in proficiency-oriented literature and training courses. But, what exactly is proficiency?

Article: Improving Search And Rescue

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.

Article: Monoplane Revolution

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. ...

Article: The Eyes Have It

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. ...

Article: The Logic Of Flaps

By any measure, flaps have almost no downside, but they're perhaps the least appreciated component of an aircraft.

Article: Counting On The Instructor

A student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.

Article: Expand Your Iceberg

I was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.

Article: A Summer Of Opportunity

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.

Article: Minimal Experience

Browse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.

Article: The Life Of An Air Show Pilot

If you love what you do, you're not really working, but being an air show pilot is a mixture of hard work and hardly working.

Article: When Close Friends Get Too Close

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. ...

Article: Kenya

I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...

Article: The Reno Accident

The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011. ...

Article: Clouds

Recently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.

Article: Adequate Airspeed

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.

Article: When To Abort

Mention the word "abort" to a pilot, and you'll immediately summon visions of every pilot's nightmare— an engine failure on takeoff. ...

Article: IFR Strategies In Convective Weather

I just completed a trip from a coastal town in northern California, to Erie, Penn., and back in a Columbia 400.

Article: Chasing Fires

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.

Article: Say When

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.

Article: Amateur-Built Safety

According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.

Article: Consequences Of Mayday

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.

Article: Being Resourceful

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.

Article: Double Down

I first fell in love with the Cessna 340 when my dad and I stopped at Harris Ranch for a steak salad on our way home from the Bay Area one day. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996",...

Article: Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies

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. ...