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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...

Article: Weather-Avoidance Assistance

While the primary duty of controllers is to separate and direct traffic, they also have a duty to help pilots avoid weather hazards. The FAA’s handbook for controllers requires them to issue pertinent information on observed and reported weather, p...

Article: The Go/No-Go Decision

Every pilot has his own tolerance for risk, but most of us who fly ferry across the oceans on a semi-regular basis have developed our own set of guidelines for when we will or won’t fly. We l...

Article: Busting TFRs

Once upon a time, you could pull the airplane out of the hangar, fire up the engine, point it into the wind and fly....

Article: The Touchdown Set-Up

One of the really great things about most light general aviation airplanes is that they generally are highly responsive to control and power inputs, and touchdown speeds are comparatively...

Article: Back In The Saddle

The first thing I did was introduce myself to her. I...

Also labeled: Learn To Fly, Staying Current

Article: Deciphering Accident Statistics

The aviation industry sure loves its statistics—there's an X% chance of this, and one aircraft is Y times safer than Z.

Article: Flight Level Fliers

We live in the best of times and the worst of times. Imagine flying with glass panels that allow you to...

Article: Test Yourself

There’s a wonderful line in a Toby Keith song that...

Also labeled: Learning Center

Article: Box Canyon Hazards

The visibility isn’t the best going up the mountain pass. On the far side lies better weather and home. Behind are a...

Also labeled: Flight Hazards

Article: Winter Flying

Winter—it’s cold, it’s dark and sometimes it seems like spring will never come. But, lots of pilots live in cold count...

Article: Face Weather With More Confidence

The trip was to be a long one: Watsonville, Calif., to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was supposed to take...

Article: The Go/No-Go Decision

It’s probably the toughest ...

Article: Upset Recovery Training

I hate roller coasters. Little tykes...

Article: The Littlest Emergency

Picture this: You’re cruising straight and l...

Also labeled: Flight Hazards

Article: Is 35 Hours Enough

The world’s flying community looks at the 35-hour yearly average for U.S. pilots and shakes its collective head. They bemoan what they perceive as a general lack of proficiency and place blame on the pilots, as though they’re doing it on pur...

Article: How To Keep Older Aircraft Flying

Article: ADS-B: The FAA’s Bold New Bid To Change The Way We Fly

Aircraft owners usually cast a wary eye when the FAA introduces a new technology. With each announcement, owners are concerned about paying a price to retain their rights to use the country’s...

Also labeled: FAA Regulations

Article: TKS Ice Protection

Publishing an aviation magazine can be a lot ...

Article: Bright Idea!

Every pilot knows...

Article: Avoiding CFIT

It seems as though every time you read a paper, there’s something about a pilot crashing a perfectly good airplane into the ground. These sad events are typically referred to as controlled f...

Also labeled: CFIT, Flight Hazards

Article: High Test Flying

I’m fortunate to be able to fly a late-model Bonanza ...

Article: Overstressing The Airframe

Some pilots may believe that an instrument rating and a fair amount of flight time are good insurance against getting into a situation that results in losing aircraft control or exceeding...

Article: Extreme Flying: Winter, Part 1

It’s Gary Chamberlain’s...

Article: Spins

The “Shall we or shall we not teach spins?” debate has been...

Article: The Lowdown On Descents

Descents are too often regarded as throwaway maneuvers. Pilots place great emphasis on proper...