It’s not supposed to happen, but it does. What to do when the controller forgets about you.
Fly IFR, and you’ll run into this situation soon enough: You’re on a base-leg vector to the localizer or inbound course. This means you’re perpendicular to the final approach course—the course that takes you to the runway—and the next heading you receive from ATC should result in a 20- to 30-degree intercept to that final more »
The phenomenon is not new, but the crash of a Malibu in Eurgene, Oregon, makes clear that the threat is as lethal as ever.
Sometimes in the field of aviation safety, there are revelations: As a result of an accident investigation, a hitherto unexplored hazard emerges and everyone becomes cognizant of it and vows that never again shall it be permitted to take a life. That’s just what happened more than 33 years ago on August 8, 1985, when more »
You know that bucket list you have? Maybe it’s time to toss it?
Most people have some sort of bucket list. Sometimes we don’t get it on paper, but we all have goals we want to achieve or amazing feats we want to accomplish before we die. You know the list. Climb Mt. Everest. Fly around the world. Safari in Africa. Get over your fear of public speaking. more »
Explore the risks associated with low visibility takeoffs.
A few months ago I posted a video on Facebook of a takeoff I made in what was pretty much a zero-zero visibility and low-IFR-ceiling situation. The post, as many do, generated comments and opinions. And a few questions. The most interesting question it generated was from a fellow examiner. He asked, “What are the more »
It's not something they'll talk about in sim training, but maybe they should.
My first day as a newly minted co-pilot in a Hawker 700 jet was exciting and early on not what I expected. The weather was clear and a million. Positive ions in the air. Wind right down the runway. Passengers on board, lined up, we were going to San Francisco. We rolled down the runway more »
It had been a dismal day to fly. Then it got worse.
It was mid-August, 1991, and California had been baking under a seasonal high-pressure system, pushing temperatures well above the century mark from Baja to the Oregon border. I’d departed early from my home base of Compton in the Los Angeles Basin to meet a SOCATA TBM-700 in Concord, a few miles inland from the coastal more »
First landing in a powered plane: Orville Wright, Wright Flyer, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903. First successful helicopter landing: Paul Cornu, November 13, 1907, Lisieuz, France First landing on a heavenly body: Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong, Sea of Tranquility, Earth’s Moon, July 20, 1969. First landing on inflated rubber aircraft tires: more »
The answer key for the crossword puzzle found in the December 2018 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Across 1. The answer is right in front of your eyes! 5. A seal is used in one to cut drag 9. Long range (acronym) 11. Some flight crew in EMT planes 12. “American Champion” plane 13. Time saving alternative to plans 14. Worlds biggest aviation marketplace 16. Flying prefix 17. Mathematical ratio 18. “Air more »
In 1957 a Lockheed T-33 disappeared from radar over the Sierra Nevada. 54 days later, its pilot hiked out of the mountains. The drama was just beginning.
The plane was lost from radar and the Air Force couldn’t find the missing plane or pilot. The military declared Steeves dead, and that was that. Until, that is, 54 days later when Steeves emerged from the Sierra, having been found badly malnourished and still limping badly on swollen ankles.
The Minimum Equipment List (MEL) may be the airline world’s most deceptively titled document. By its title, one might expect to open a single-page document of the bare necessities required to be operational in order to dispatch an airliner. Instead, it is a labyrinthine document that, contrary to its name, spells out what items you more »
A midnight flight was made more adventurous based on the negotiations and bad decisions made by a pilot.
It was a dark and stormy night. Well, sorry, but it was. My crew and I were assigned to a late flight from Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Memphis (MEM). It was the last leg of a long day, which included an inbound from Colorado Springs (COS) and a Wichita (ICT) turn. Houston was uncharacteristically cool more »
A pilot shares his fears leading up to his first check ride and meeting his flight examiner.
Like other students contemplating their first check ride, I’d heard the tales from the crypt about examiners. Legend had they were all mean enough to frighten Hannibal Lecter into retirement. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to this day. With the mere mention of the word “check ride,” the nerves hit me, chills more »
The crash of a Cessna CJ4 in Cleveland highlights the high stakes of single-pilot IFR in a jet.
Two pilots who heard about a Cessna Citation CJ4 (Model 525C) crashing into Lake Erie after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL) in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 29, 2106, wrote to the National Transportation Safety Board about their experiences taking off from KBKL at night. One told about flying his Cessna 182 on a night more »
The fast piston single was an aerodynamic work of art. It deserves a better fate than to be forgotten.
One of the great joys of this job used to be the opportunity to fly a little of everything. Though I don’t have that many hours or ratings, I do have nine logbooks crammed with hours and notes on flying over 310 types of aircraft in the last 50 years. I know that credential isn’t more »
This technique seems counter-intuitive to newbies, but it has a passionate following among experienced aviators. But does it make sense?
The Mystery/Controversy: The controversy, which has been around for at least 70 years, is this: How does one best control airspeed and glideslope on the approach? The approach in question was originally an ILS, though today LPV approaches have a glideslope (technically a “glidepath”) as well. In the seminal aviation how-to book “Stick and Rudder,” written more »
The answer key for the crossword puzzle found in the November 2018 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Across 1. Lance-like 5. What some brakes help you do 8. Waggle 9. Dutch or barrel 11. Activity when you’re riding in back 12. 65 is an important one 14. Good policy for renters 16. Hall of fame aviator Scholl 17. Most ORDinary airport 19. Don’t forget to pull this one 21. Negative prefix 22. Husky more »
Learn all about the history and development of Van's RVs with these facts.
Learn all about the history and development of Van’s RVs with these facts. Person behind RV phenomenon: Richard VanGrunsven Nicknames: “Van,” “Dick” Profession: engineer Aeronautical ratings: ATP Total time: more than 12,000 hours Origin of first RV (RV-1): modification of Stits Playboy RV-2: wooden flying wing glider (never flew) RV-3: single-seat all-metal, low wing sport more »