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 »
Plane & Pilot collected many interesting facts and tidbits about the history of the Piper PA-28s.
Plane & Pilot collected many interesting facts and tidbits about the history of the Piper PA-28s. Year Piper began exploring new four-seater concept: 1953 Cherokee designers: Fred Weick, John Thorp, Karl Bergey Other notable designs from Weick: Ercoupe, NACA cowlings, Piper Pawnee ag plane From Thorp: Lockheed Neptune, Piper Sky Scooter, T-18, Wing Derringer Year more »
Seems like an easy call, right? You couldn’t be more wrong.
The Mystery: What is the biggest airplane in the world? Sounds simple, but you hear several different models being spoken about as the “biggest.” Is the term meaningless, or can there be a champ? Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! The Backstory: There are more »
The original jumbo jet celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first flight earlier this week.
It’s been a wild and unpredictable half century for arguably the most innovative airliner ever, the Boeing 747. Dreamt up back in the mid 1960s, the double-decker jet burst onto the scene in a way that probably only one other airliner ever has, and that one was supersonic. With the ability to carry more passengers more »
To set it down in the river among the crocodiles, in the trees or, wait, there’s a third choice?
You might call the approach to the runway at Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal, challenging, especially if you’re flying on an even modestly windy day. In my case, I went into Funchal in a typical wind event, flying a new Cessna T303 Crusader, a medium twin intended to compete head-to-head with Piper’s wildly successful Seneca. It more »
The answer key for the crossword puzzle found in the March 2019 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Across 1 Mooney ____ Ultra 5 Mnemonics based pre-landing checklist 8 High winds 9 Mnemonics based word for when you do your pre-take off checklist 10 What stealthy aircraft want to avoid being 12 The object of our obsession 14 Steep nose descent 17 Faintly lit more »
How a seemingly uneventful Unicom call changed everything.
I recently heard a friend say that she wasn’t ready to get another dog because she was still very sad about the loss of her previous dog about a year earlier. A few months back, a different friend told me that he was reluctant to try online dating because he didn’t want to get hurt. more »
The mystery in this case has nothing do with science fiction.
When you say an airplane has disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle, people sit up and take notice. And if that airplane has recognizable names on board, they sit up even taller. An accident occurred in the Bermuda Triangle on May 15, 2017, and the NTSB released its report on October 1 of this year. It more »