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Article: Beyond The Checkride

So now what? You've earned the private certificate and are happily amassing flight time with all kinds of aerial adventures.

Article: What Is Proficiency?

Aviation is awash in proficiency-oriented literature and training courses. But, what exactly is proficiency?

Article: Improving Search And Rescue

As of mid-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Satellite Operations Center in Suitland, Md., had about 355,000 of the newer 406 MHz emergency beacons registered in its SARSAT database.

Article: Weather Avoidance Techniques

Today, a wide range of tools are available to help avoid those dangers, but each has limitations that must be understood in order to use them safely. ...

Article: Minimal Experience

Browse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.

Article: Risky Business

How risky is your next flight? ...

Article: When Close Friends Get Too Close

One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority. ...

Article: The Way Of Active Winglets

Fortunately, airplanes don't deal much in real mousetraps, but every once in a while, someone comes along and invents a better one.

Article: The Reno Accident

The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011. ...

Article: Adequate Airspeed

We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.

Article: When To Abort

Mention the word "abort" to a pilot, and you'll immediately summon visions of every pilot's nightmare— an engine failure on takeoff. ...

Article: IFR Strategies In Convective Weather

I just completed a trip from a coastal town in northern California, to Erie, Penn., and back in a Columbia 400.

Article: Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies

I had just departed Long Beach, Calif., in a Bellanca Viking, headed for the Reno Air Races, when black oil began flowing out of the cowling and onto the windshield. ...

Article: Never Run It Dry

It was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.

Article: 30 Things Not To Do In The Pattern

So much of aviation education is built around doing things right.

Article: Sharing The Sky

Although birds will take evasive action to avoid us, and lights can make us more conspicuous, there are times when their and our best efforts aren't good enough. ...

Article: Helpful Suggestions

Aviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.

Article: Setting The Selector

If you've flown a variety of aircraft, you know that some designers decided to make it awfully difficult to see for sure which fuel tank or tanks you've selected. ...

Article: Drinking, Driving And Flying

When FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after being arrested by police in Fairfax City, Va., on a drunk-driving charge, some of my pilot acquaintances were quick to express astonishment at the irony of Babbitt himself likely having to face the...

Article: How Low Should You Go?

The indiscretions of youth. It's all too easy to examine stupid pilot tricks and dismiss them as functions of immaturity.

Article: Combating Crosswinds

Neither the wind given to you by the tower, nor that shown on a mid-field wind sock, is likely to be what you actually experience when landing. ...

Article: Weather Avoidance: Back To Basics

It's one of the great paradoxes in aviation that one of the biggest killers of pilots —weather—is one of the least understood and least taught subjects in primary flight instruction.

Article: May I See Your Driver’s License?

Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.

Article: Fire In Front

According to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires. ...

Article: Winter Flying Tips

Winter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.

Article: Angle Of The Wing

I was introduced to an angle-of-attack indicator back in the early '80s. I was ferrying a V35B Bonanza from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, Calif., where it was to be fitted with one of Victor Aviation's balanced, blueprinted, Black Edition engines. ...

Article: Getting A Few Winks

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt led the outcry of indignation when news broke that the lone controller on the overnight shift at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington had fallen asleep

Article: How Tight Is Tight?

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The Air

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Perfect Your Approaches

One of the most basic tenets of journalism is that we're all either the beneficiaries or the victims of our sources.