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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. ...

Article: Safe Turnarounds

Over the years, I've made frequent mention of a controversial number: "safe turnaround altitude."

Article: Risk Management

Risk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.

Article: The Ted Stevens Accident

The NTSB says cockpit recorders might have helped shed better light on exactly what happened in the accident in which former U.S.

Article: A Whole New Flying World

A fellow pilot once asked, "How long does it take to check out on skis?"

Article: IFR Communications: Serious Business

I listened carefully to the clearance on the first go-around, shook my head in exasperation, and wondered if the controller had been a trumpet player in a previous life. ...

Article: Broken Brakes

Not too long ago, I was looking forward to an hour or so of poking holes in the sky in a Piper Cherokee 180.

Article: Pressure’s On...Or Is It?

It's 95 degrees, and sweat is dripping down my face. The box suddenly seems impossibly small.

Article: Fear Of Dunking

From two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.

Article: Making Sense Of The Back-Course Approach

Yes, I know. There aren't many of those procedures in use, and even when they're available, controllers are more likely to issue a circle-to-land clearance on the standard localizer/ILS.

Article: Backcountry Odyssey

We're threading our way through the majestic Teton Pass—a flight of four Aviat Husky aircraft and a pristine, Yakovlev Yak-52

Article: Battle Over Frigid Seas

Aviation has always been a part of my life, but only recently has it become my profession. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"495443", mediaType_mediaID:"video_1609639", width:"420",...

Article: Sharing General Aviation

Working for Uncle Sam in Naples, Italy, prevents me from often seeing my family in the U.S.

Article: Accepting A Bad Situation

While a pilot needs to evaluate the consequences of making any decision, he or she needs to know that revising a decision is likely to make a bad situation even worse. ...

Article: Muscle Memory

One of the basic clichés in life is that learning anything is quite often a matter of doing it over and over until you get it right. ...

Article: Excellence In Execution

I've dedicated my entire adult life to the art form of air-show flying.

Article: Mysteries Of Landing

We've all read our share of stories on how to land an airplane, many of them written by pilots with "CFI" after their name.

Article: Getting A Few Winks

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt led the outcry of indignation when news broke that the lone controller on the overnight shift at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington had fallen asleep

Article: Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My Life

While working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant, I met and married the owner of CP Aviation, Clay Phelps.

Article: How Tight Is Tight?

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Destination Unclear

The little Piper PA-22 lifts off in a fraction of the runway at Council (K29), 60 miles east-northeast of Nome in western Alaska.

Article: Inspiration To Africa

During World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).

Article: Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The Air

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Always A Student

Would today be the day? I had been taking lessons for several weeks, and I knew that one day soon, my instructor Andy would get out of the airplane, and let me fly solo. I had even worn a special T-shirt for the last three lessons, with the hope that...

Article: From Spitfires To Mosquitoes

During World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).

Article: Perfect Your Approaches

One of the most basic tenets of journalism is that we're all either the beneficiaries or the victims of our sources.

Article: Immerse Yourself!

No rating in aviation carries more mystique and prestige than the instrument rating. Sure, the ATP is a pinnacle of sorts, but for most pilots, the instrument rating is the big jump that separates professional pilots from their more casual brethren....

Article: Close Calls On The Runways

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.