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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...

Article: Icing Folklore

Icing is already a terribly complex topic without the many old wives’ tales and rules of thumb making it even more...

Article: Worst-Case Weather Scenarios

There is absolutely no excuse for...

Article: Known And Unknown Deficiencies

While the FAA makes the pilot responsible for determining whether or not an aircraft that he or she is about to fly is airworthy, the pilot must rely to a great extent on what others have...

Article: The 10 Dumbest Things Pilots Do

Ask ...

Article: World's Stupidest Pilot Errors

If you’ve ever been to a...

Article: The Lazy Pilot’s Guide To Single-Pilot IFR Success

You can be proud of the hard work you’ve put into reaching pilot status—especially if...

Also labeled: Flight Hazards, IFR How To

Article: Devastating Details

One consequence of the nation’s economic downturn and the accompanying slump in general aviation was that some...

Article: Crosswind Landings FAQs

Article: The Last Spin

This is how it...

Article: Just Tires?

When we were student pilots, we were told to ...

Article: Taking On Extreme Runways

Article: A Deadly Sense of Euphoria

One of the subjects that is frequently emphasized in the materials that are published by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aeromedical Education Division is hypoxia, which is more commonly ...

Article: The Silent Killer

Against the background of an aging fleet of general-aviation, piston-powered airplanes, the NTSB suggested that it’s time for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take a closer look at e...

Article: Learning From A Heavy-Iron Accident

A Boeing 727 is different from the airplanes that most of us fly. Nevertheless, there are some things that we can learn from the NTSB’s recently completed report on an accident involving a FedEx c...

Article: Why Every Pilot Should Take Acro

Article: The 10 Commandments Of Aviation Safety

Article: Don't Be Dense About Density Altitude

It can prevent you from taking off from the same runway you did the day before. It will sap power...

Also labeled: Summer Flying, Weather Skills

Article: A Needle In A Haystack

Sometime in 2009, the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system will no longer be receiving distress signals on today’s common distress frequencies, 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. Instead, the satellites will...

Article: The Stigma Of Mayday

Face it, no one likes to admit mistakes. Probably because of the Superman syndrome, pilots are...

Article: 12 Tips To Beat The Heat

Most new-production and many high-performance aircraft have fuel-injected engines....

Article: Control The Crosswind!

There are several ways to start an argument. They range from the old favorites, politics...

Article: Fill ’Er Up

Running out of fuel and crashing is something you might expect from an inexperienced private pilot, but not from a crew of professional pilots or even experienced pilots. Yet that was exactly...

Article: Moving On Up

Is there life after the check ride? The obvious answer is a re-sounding yes, there is definitely life...

Article: Safety In Numbers

This past March, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released preliminary accident statistics for 2004. The numbers show a welcome overall safety trend for general aviation (GA),...

Article: Top 10 Pilot Errors

One of the most disturbing statistics about general-aviation accidents is that more than 75% of them are made...

Article: Avoiding Midair Collisions

It was over so fast, it was almost as if it hadn’t h...

Article: Turbulent Times

A few weeks ago, New York was experiencing an extended period of rainy weather, accompanied by what seemed like constant low overcasts, reduced visibility and winds that were...

Article: Thunderstorms: Managing The Risk

It was June 1977, and I had climbed out of Reading, Pa., in a new Rockwell...

Article: The Need For Speed!

Go ahead, admit it. When you read all of those pilot reports, you skim them, looking for the...