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Article: Simulation Comes Of Age

One of the quickest ways to identify an older airplane is to look at the panel.

Also labeled: Flight Training, Flying Skills

Article: When To Cry Uncle

I was three hours out of Reykjavik, Iceland, on my way to Wick, Scotland, when I sensed, rather than heard, the engine begin to spool down. ...

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: 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: 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: Drug Use Trends

The NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.

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: 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: The Season Of Turbulence

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

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. ...

Article: Turbocharging

You don't have to live in the high plains or the mountains to appreciate the benefits of turbocharging.

Article: 20 Tips For VFR Flying

VFR flying can be more difficult than you might imagine.

Article: The Weather Picture

The program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation. ...

Article: Pilots Versus Aviators

Everyone reading these words has flown with a lot of other pilots.

Also labeled: Features, Flying Skills

Article: Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria

When Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.

Article: Live Interaction: A New Way To Learn

Just when you thought everything had been done in the world of ground school/knowledge exam preparation, along comes somebody with a twist on tradition. ...

Article: Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy

The first time I ever engaged an autopilot, it did something completely unexpected, and I quickly turned it back off.

Article: Earn Your Multi-Engine Rating

The previous day of training had gone great. The Piper Seminole was easy to handle.

Article: Historic Replicas

Aviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.

Article: Airline Transport Professionals

Since its start nearly 30 years ago, Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has grown into the largest provider of pilots to regional airlines. ...

Article: The Lowdown On Go-Downs

I was cruising high for a normally aspirated twin, scoring a ground speed of 200 knots at 13,000 feet in a freshly restored Cessna 310R.

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: Pilots Popping Pills

I recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006. ...