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Article: The Ugly Side Of Spring

Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his own shadow or...

Article: Airplanes, Cars—What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between...

Article: Knowing The NOTAMs

Accident investigators sometimes discover that pilots don’t have...

Article: Wingipedia

The computer generation has come to depend on...

Article: Emergency Locator Transmitters

Like most of you, I've been flying with one or another ELT for years, hoping I'd never have a reason to use one. In truth, I took them for granted, assuming the technology would save my life if it ever became necessary.

Article: Get The Most Out Of Winter Part 1

It may come as a surprise to pilots from...

Article: Take A Good Look

Back when I was a student pilot, I developed a habit during the preflight inspection of stepping back and pausing to get an overall visual impression of the control surfaces on the airplane. It started after I had noticed that one of the ailerons on a...

Article: Get The Most Out Of Winter Part 2

Read the owner’s manuals for...

Article: Gone With The Wind

With apologies to Margaret Mitchell, most pilots would welcome the opportunity to be “gone with the wind” and let Mother Nature help keep a lid on upwardly creeping fuel costs. Just a few days ago, a friend of mine found that favorable winds aloft...

Article: The Columbia STS-107 Accident

All of us in aviation lost seven friends last February. No one can forget the horrifying video of the space shuttle Columbia breaking up in the high sky over northwest Texas. For many of us who love the sky, the image was almost incomprehensible, a...

Article: The NASA Report: Looking For Absolution

Before you ask, yes, I’ve...

Article: Learning From Mistakes

One of the best things that the FAA ever did to promote aviation safety was to provide immunity from FAR violations prosecution for pilots who voluntarily report problems and incidents to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) before the FAA g...

Article: Prime Time For Icing

The first hints of warmer weather can cause a sigh of...

Article: 10 Fast Fixes For Lousy Landings

Article: The Wellstone Accident

The NTSB has released its final report on the October 25, 2002, accident in which U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and seven others were killed at Eveleth, Minn. The twin-engine turboprop King Air A100 didn’t have a cockpit voice recorder, so...

Article: WAAS Up?!

Lately, several new acronyms have entered the GPS field; most...

Article: When The Propeller Stops Propelling

There aren’t many m...

Article: New Instrument Rating?

Congratulations! I heard that you called from...

Article: Winter Flying: A Strategic Approach

Winter...

Article: The FAA’s Capstone Project

General aviation in Alaska is different. Changeable weather and difficult...

Article: Chelton's Magic Boxes

Before they were booted up, the ...

Article: Staying Safe

Remember when CB radios were actually useful? Like CBs...

Article: VMC Vs. VFR

In basic flight training, student pilots memorize the cloud clearance and visibility...

Article: Severe Weather Flying

Article: What’s RVSM?

The problem was simple: too many airplanes and too little sky. This flies in the face of traditional wisdom...

Article: Designing Your Flight Review

Like many newly minted instructor pilots, my first “dual g...

Article: Get The Balance Right

It was 1985, and I was refueling a Cessna 425 Conquest I at Tenerife in the Canary Islands on my way to Johannesburg, South Africa. I’d i...

Article: Myth Bustin'

Right up front I should post a very clear caveat: Myths within any technological field almost always have a grain of, if not truth, at least enough...

Article: Handheld Avionics

I’m sold on the concept that using portable avionics in the cockpit will make the flying experience safer and m...

Article: Catastrophic Structural Failure

The overwhelming majority of airplanes have the potential to keep flying until it’s no longer economically viable to keep them in the air, provided that they’re operated within established parameters, receive regular inspections to detect problems and...