I was cleaning the belly of my Mooney a while back following an annual inspection, and not enjoying the task.
The NTSB says that the National Weather Service and the FAA need to do a better job of getting important weather information to pilots. ...
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.
When you're a student pilot, everything in the airplane seems to happen at warp speed.
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.
Aviation might be where we feel most alive. Maybe that's why intuition plays such a key part in it.
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.
Mooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.
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.
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. ...
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...
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! ...
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.
If your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.
My student was from England. The first hop of the day was normal: from calling ATIS to flying the flight, nothing unusual.
In keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.
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.
Maybe it's a personal thing, but to apply the term "hobby" or "pastime" to flying sounds somehow demeaning.
Being prepared for a cross-country trip is important for a safer and more enjoyable flight.
Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.
These days, whenever I pick up an aviation magazine, I catch an article about how important stick-and- rudder skills are in primary flight training. ...
Personal flight has never been quite the same since.
I had an emotionally wild and totally unexpected thing happen last week.
Control failures and foreign object damage (FOD) aren't something that GA pilots often think about.
Some places were simply meant for pilots. ...
With no form of motive power on the nose or wings, you might expect gliders to have limited altitude capability, but I quickly learned that's not the case. ...
No doubt you've heard about the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category and the sport-pilot (SP) rule. Let's take a look to help you decide whether LSA is the right nest for you.
By now you know about the FAA's fascination with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing for pilots and controllers.
I could see sky and roof line where they should have been hidden from sight by branches.
Spending time with Bob Hoover is an experience that's forever treasured by anyone who has ever had the opportunity.