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Article: Heart Transplant

I've known for a while my engine wasn't totally happy.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Red Rock Country

Sedona, Ariz., is known for red rock formations that come alive in the low light of sunrise and sunset.

Article: Flying The Middle East

The Sinai Desert isn't very big, but it certainly looks forbidding from the air: desolate black, hot mountains, seas of sand, and large plains of heat and misery. ...

Article: When Your Engine Talks To You

If you drive down Sheridan Road just outside the perimeter of the Tulsa International Airport, you'll find a row of small industrial buildings housing aviation engine, machine and hose shops.

Article: A Different Kind Of Calendar

If, at any given time, there are around 200,000 people on the grounds at the Oshkosh orgy of aviation, then there are probably the same number of reasons why they're there.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Aviating, Kiwi Style

New Zealand is known for its dramatic topography—snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, fjords—and as pilots, we're fortunate to experience natural beauty from the air. ...

Article: Learning To Trust Turbos

Like the vast majority of pilots, I learned to fly in a relatively innocent two-seater.

Article: Energy Management

Energy management is a pilot's most important task.

Article: Sky King, Roy And The Gang

It doesn't seem that long ago that more than just the TV was black-and-white.

Also labeled: Aviation History

Article: From The Editor: Mentorship

It was one of the highlights of last year's EAA AirVenture, so I eagerly signed up again this year: an afternoon spent mentoring three young women who have an interest in aviation photography.

Article: Easy Creeping

I was cleaning the belly of my Mooney a while back following an annual inspection, and not enjoying the task.

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: The White-Coat Syndrome

Courtesy of my laptop, it's 0450 hours (that's in the morning, in case you missed my whining), and I'm in another airport terminal.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Lengthen The Runway

When you're a student pilot, everything in the airplane seems to happen at warp speed.

Article: How To Fly An Airplane

Rod Machado is at the leading edge of the latter group, and his instruction books on the various aspects of learning to fly are some of the most readable and entertaining you'll ever encounter.

Article: Intuition

Aviation might be where we feel most alive. Maybe that's why intuition plays such a key part in it.

Article: Minutia

As the student settled into the back pit and started to put his headset on, I stopped him and took his baseball hat off his head.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: A Conversation With Jerry Chen

Mooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.

Article: From The Editor: Five Airplanes, 35 Destinations

Circumnavigating the globe in your own airplane is the ultimate flying adventure, but such a large undertaking comes with challenges of piles of paperwork and local permissions.

Article: Weather And FBOs

I love flying cross-country. It's almost the best part of my work because there's nothing like the freedom of flying a small airplane from coast to coast. ...

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: Oh, No! Not More Changes!

I first noticed it when one of our newer controllers, whose voice I didn't recognize, told us we were cleared for takeoff on Runway Tree. Tree? Huh! ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Noise Fatigue

As one who has struggled across a few oceans in a variety of single- and twin-engine piston and turbine airplanes, I've been subjecting my ears to a long-term deluge of noise pollution.

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: TFRs And The Little Guy

My student was from England. The first hop of the day was normal: from calling ATIS to flying the flight, nothing unusual.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Let’s Get The Kids Involved

In keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.

Article: The Memory Of Red Dirt

There's another highway "up there," one in which pilots fly airplanes across great expanses of water and time, across the sharp edges of continents and the less sharp geographical boundaries of politics and countries.

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

Article: When Is A Hobby Not A Hobby?

Maybe it's a personal thing, but to apply the term "hobby" or "pastime" to flying sounds somehow demeaning.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Going The Distance

Being prepared for a cross-country trip is important for a safer and more enjoyable flight.

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

Article: What’s Up With Diesel?

Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.