Encountering stress is as much a part of life as breathing. People spend thousands of dollars on products and techniques to manage stress. For many pilots, the focus and discipline required to fly and the views from the cockpit are ways to give us perspective and escape from the daily stress and pressure of life. more »
In 1938, more than 10 years after Charles Lindbergh successfully crossed the Atlantic solo in the Spirit of St. Louis, another American, Douglas Corrigan, made the crossing as well, taking off from New York’s Floyd Bennett Field and landing 28 hours and change later in Ireland, where Corrigan asked where he was. You see, Corrigan more »
A startling oversight on a practical test made for a ride to remember.
Matt was nervous; that is to say, he was like every other flight student who has reached his solo stage check. He stood beside his Piper Cadet, putting on a brave face as I approached, and he was sweating. Of course, in the Florida sun, I was sweating too. Our very regimented flight academy more »
Across 1. Large Florida aircraft sales and service provider 5. Major centers of airline flight patterns 7. O to a pilot 8. Rotating about the front to back axis 10. Roswell arrival 11. At OSH they’re red or yellow or green…. 12. Airline that was ADS-B pioneer 13. Prefix for plane or built 15. Every more »
How learning to fly helped a senior director at Reddit achieve her goals.
I was 8 years old when I discovered one of my father’s secrets—he had taken a few glider lessons after he landed his first job. My father grew up as a farmer in India. He was 14 when he lost his father; as the eldest of four kids, he had to support his family. Years more »
While many pilots do it, it might not be as risk-free as many of us think it is.
“There’s less to hit up there, so I don’t really think texting while I am flying is a big issue,” a friend retorted to me while we were having a conversation about the risks of texting while operating his personal aircraft. To some degree, his isn’t wrong. And I will be honest: I do it more »
My dad isn’t around any longer. Both he and his curmudgeonly persona have been gone for a few years now. I miss my dad, but it helps to know that he led a flying life that most pilots could only dream of. He flew a lot of different airplanes, everything from ultralights to warbirds, and more »
The mystery Is the high-wing or low-wing configuration better? Background Discounting biplanes, canards, mid-wing models and other unusual configurations, there are two basic wing designs, high-wing and low wing. You probably have your own preference, though some pilots, us included, are agnostic on the question. This doesn’t mean that there’s not a right answer to more »
Bill Cox recounts a 6,000-mile trip down to South American in a Piper Brave 400
San Jose, Costa Rica, is sometimes referred to as the California of Central America. That’s either a compliment or an insult, depending upon your political bent. I made perhaps a dozen trips through San Jose when I was delivering airplanes regularly to points farther south. Many of these deliveries were crop dusters destined to more »
The NTSB report on famed composer James Horner's fatal crash.
When a single-engine Short S312 Tucano disappeared from radar on June 22, 2015, it did so in more ways than one, even though the pilot who was killed happened to be a two-time Academy Award winner who was among filmdom’s most prolific and sought-after music composers, James Horner. He was 61 years old and was more »
How to get to where you want to be, in the air and in life.
I was recently interviewed for an Experimental Aircraft Association podcast and was asked an interesting question that I had not been asked before: What did you learn about yourself after you had flown for 10 years? I had to think for a minute before I answered, and I asked how other people had responded. At more »
Find the answers to the April 2019 crossword puzzle from Plane & Pilot magazine.
Across 2 First modular space station 4 Guy who made a big noise with a Bell 7 What to fly when getting there is pretty standard 8 Clyde of Silverwing fame 10 Mostly used in aviation instead of SM 12 Renaissance man who designed methods of flight 14 more »
See how a student pilot handles a gear up landing.
My first solo (or should I say, “solos?”) was two years, five months, 13 days and nine hours in the making. And some of that was pretty exciting stuff. Just shy of my 15th birthday, I had quite the proposal for my parents “Mom, dad, I want to learn how to fly.” I might as more »
Fatigue while flying can present hundreds of risks that can ruin your day.
I am a firm believer in sharing what I have learned from my own mistakes to help others learn from them. This story is one of those examples. I was navigating VFR in the pre-dawn hours, cruising along comfortably at 6500 feet MSL from Detroit (KDTW) airport headed back home to Allegan, MI (K35D). I more »
Learn why Bill Cox questions his decision to fly a Pitts S2B from Arlington, Texas to Long Beach, California.
I count myself lucky to have flown a large number of airplanes. Most have been standard Piper/Cessna/Beech/Mooney/Commander/Diamond/ Cirrus general aviation machines, all worthy candidates, but occasionally, I strike gold. That was exactly the case a few years back, when a friend called and asked if I had any time in a Pitts. As it happened, more »
A bucket list that's stacked top to bottom with the impossible.
Bucket List, the column where Plane & Pilot readers wax eloquent about a wish list item they’ve checked off, is my favorite column in the magazine for several reasons. The biggest is the level of enthusiasm the writers reveal in their tales. It’s absolutely infectious and brings me back to my first flights, when everything more »
With the widespread availability of envelope protection for light planes, the question has to be asked, how safe are these technologies and how easy is it to disconnect from them in an emergency? Envelope protection got started in light GA in the 1960s, when Mooney introduced its Positive Control, manufactured by Brittain Industries from Tulsa, more »