Sign up for our newsletter, featuring the latest news for aviation enthusiasts and pilots! If there’s a frequently recurring theme when the NTSB writes the probable causes for aviation accidents, it’s that the pilot was responsible for the outcome: he or she failed to maintain airplane control or didn’t engage in proper decision-making or, perhaps, more »
New information has emerged in the 70-year-long search for Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan who disappeared in 1937. What does it really mean?
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and more! The Mystery Does new photographic and forensic evidence answer the question of what happened to the pair of aviators, who disappeared in 1937 while on an around the world flight? The Backstory When we last wrote about the more »
A trip home with a brand new plane in unexpectedly terrible weather made for an unforgettable flight.
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! Crammed into the tiny, 18-inch-wide cockpit of a Cassutt lllM, the roar enveloped me, battering my ears mercilessly. Watching the red tachometer needle dance over the dial in front of me, I saw the propeller vanish into more »
"Pilot's discretion" gives us some really useful options if we know how to use it.
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! “Descend and maintain” is such a staple of IFR communications, it might as well be a single word. Yet there are times when that’s the last thing you want to do. Maybe those clouds are bumpy, and more »
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! Model 35 first flight: December 22, 1945 First delivery: 1947 Years before comparable Cessna (retractable gear, opposed engine, variable speed/adjustable prop, no-strut wing) appeared: 20 Construction: All-metal*, low-wing, monoplane *Note on construction: First few dozen Bonanzas had more »
Sometimes the journey to Private Pilot takes longer than planned.
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! I am a neonatologist (a doctor who takes care of premature and sick newborns). I accidentally got into flying in 1979, when I was in my second year of residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. more »
When you’re looking for a dose of self-confidence, sometimes the clichés are on the money
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! Life is full of ups and downs, and so is pursuing aviation, both literally and figuratively. When we start taking flying lessons, we are all warned about the learning plateaus we will have to overcome. It is not more »
Sometimes the things in life that give us joy take work. Bring it on.
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more! Like most pilots, my first few lessons in pursuit of a Private Pilot Certificate were memorable. I wish I could report that this was because of the exhilaration of sailing into the wild blue yonder or cavorting among the clouds. With apologies more »
The challenge to pilots of airplanes that fly the mid-teens and low-twenties is to know when climbing high is avoiding risk and when it’s just making it worse.
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more! “I’ll just climb over the weather,” a friend of mine tells me when planning a departure in his Piper Navajo. “But what if the weather is higher than you can climb?” I answer. It seems to be a valid question to me. more »
In a time of record-high prices for factory-fresh airplanes, the new vs. used discussion is more pertinent than ever
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more! As a semi-long-term senior editor of this magazine, I’m often asked about the benefits of buying a new aircraft over purchasing a used machine and versa vici. I’m well aware that a majority of readers might automatically vote for the less-costly option. After more »
Sign up for our newsletter, featuring the latest news for aviation enthusiasts and pilots! A recurring theme from the NTSB and others over the years has been that pilots should never hesitate to declare an emergency, seek all available help and take positive corrective action. The Safety Board, in a departure from its habit of more »
Cessna 172 Skyhawk 2 Uninjured Ravenna, Ohio The flight instructor reported that, during an instructional flight, while on short final, he told the student pilot to “pitch down” to maintain airspeed. He added that the student did not respond and that he again instructed the student to “pitch down now” while simultaneously pressing forward on more »
Is there such a thing as “The Step?” And if so, what the heck is it?
The Question Is “The Step” just a myth? Or is there really something to it? The Backstory The subject of aerodynamics is a slippery one, with any one effect having many plausible-sounding explanations. One of the most vexing aerodynamic theories is the one that claims that certain airplanes can achieve faster cruise speeds when they more »
Check out these cool facts about the smallest things in aviation!
FAA minimum pilot height requirement: None Air Force pilot minimum height: 64 inches standing (5’4”) Shortest fixed-wing takeoff/landing: Bobby Breeden, 44 ft total Smallest multi-engine plane: Colomban Cri-Cri, 13 ft long, 16-ft wingspan Smallest single: Stits DS-1 Baby Bird, 6-ft wingspan, length 11 ft Smallest successful single (biplane): Stits SA-2A Baby Bird, 10 ft long, more »
Since getting hooked on flying in 1948 during my first airplane ride (in an Aeronca Champ), I have heard over and over again that you’re not a “real pilot” until you have flown a tailwheel airplane. Hearing this and similar statements, mostly coming from old-timer taildragger pilots, and understanding the truth that getting your tailwheel more »
Every two years, Certified Flight and Instrument Instructors have to renew their rating in one of three ways—by taking an online refresher course, attending a weekend ground school or taking a check ride with their favorite Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). I’ve always kept my CFI up to date, but when I started making aerobatics my more »
Getting a commercial flight turned around isn’t an easy task
As a young Civil Air Patrol cadet, I struggled with the timing of calling drill commands while marching. Calling, “To the rear, march,” on the wrong foot, as I often did, resulted in a bunch of heavy sighs and some sharp criticism from cadets with more stripes on their lapels than the two on mine. more »
We pilots pride ourselves in sticking to our guns. Perhaps to a fault.
Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas and wily pilots do it. We do it in the daytime and at nighttime, but the problem is, most of us resent doing it. We start out intending to go one place, and find ourselves faced with the decision to divert. The DC-8 was on approach more »