We have compiled interesting facts about the history and evolution of parachutes.
We have compiled interesting facts about the history and evolution of parachutes. Derivation of “parachute:” From the Italian “para,” meaning “prevent,” and the French word “chute,” for fall. A device for preventing a fall. First known parachute concepts: China: Han Dynasty writer Sima Qian in a book of historical legends Qian’s parachute concept: Two big more »
The world’s first jetliner, the de Havilland Comet, was crashing, and no one knew why.
The Mystery: What was causing the crashes of the pioneering jet the de Havilland Comet. The Backstory: When it comes to lists of planes, the de Havilland Comet jetliner is often mentioned prominently. It was not only the first jet airliner, but many regard it as one of the most beautiful aircraft of all time. more »
Feeling confident about yourself is an important part of piloting. After all, no one wants to fly with a nervous Nellie at the controls, and “no one” can be extended to include the person doing the flying. That appears to be where the pilot of a Beech A36TC got into trouble, according to the NTSB’s more »
The most famous mountains in the world have always beckoned. A few years ago, this U.S.-based pilot answered the call.
European pilots have it bad, I know. They’ve got sky-high fuel prices, landing fees, and a nanny-state mentality to flying around in what we think of in the States as our airspace. No wonder so many European pilots come here to go flying. It’s what God intended flying to be. That all said, at some more »
Check your answers for the June 2019 crossword puzzle.
Across 1 A wispy cloud or a small jet 4 Aka: Pathfinder 9 Direct, ______ x 2 10 The “T” in CFIT 11 What the majority of airplanes are these days 12 Big alloy maker 14 Agency most concerned about 100LL 16 North or South ___, abbr. more »
When ATC is unavailable and you need to guarantee your own separation from terrain, do it carefully.
Many VFR-only pilots are familiar with how instrument approaches offer the safe paths that take us from the air to the ground. Each approach gets a snazzy chart, rich with black lines, zigging arrows and lots of numbers, and the skill at decoding said charts is a time-honored right of passage into the IFR illuminati. more »
Why preaching to the choir has limited effect and what we might do to reach a new audience.
As I looked around the room at the 25 or 30 other pilots taking a seminar on aeronautical decision-making (ADM) led by American Airlines captain and flight instructor Brian Schiff, I had a flashback to about 35 years ago, when I was a young psychologist. At the clinic where I worked, I received a command more »
A non-instrument rated pilot in extreme mountainous terrain did about as well as you'd expect.
If a pilot goes out of his way to stack the deck against him- or herself, should we be the least bit surprised when he or she winds up flying into an accident? It’s probably callous to suggest that pilots who do that get what they deserve, but without some degree of callousness, we can’t more »
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 »