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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: WAAS

The benefits of...

Article: A New License To Learn

Article: First 500 Feet, Part I: Engine Failure!

Article: The Last 50 ft.

When...

Article: 10 Fast Fixes For Lousy Landings

Article: Bernoulli Or Newton: Who's Right About Lift?

Just about every pilot would agree that studying certain aspects of flight can be a time-consuming mental workout. Any attempt to master complex aviation subjects can be frustrating, if not impossible, when pilots are given conflicting or incorrect...

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Article: Crosswind Landings FAQs

Article: Taking On Extreme Runways

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: 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: Greasing It On

On any given flight, the landing is the maneuver that...

Article: When To Abort

I was just over three hours out of Santa Barbara on my way to Honolulu in a Piper Chieftain when the HF...

Article: The Lowdown On Descents

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