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Are aircraft condensation trails really a form of chemical warfare being carried out on unsuspecting innocents below?
Several upgrades to the Cirrus Vision Jet Generation 2 make the latest single-engine jet a whole new experience.
How do I find more information? The best bet is to start right here. We’ve got descriptions of more than a dozen aviation careers, from mainstream to out there. Once you have an idea of what specific career field in aviation you’re interested in, it will be time for the next step, gathering specific information. more »
There’s no difference between flying in daylight and flying at night—except you can’t see anything. So goes the sage advice from my old flight instructor, and he’s essentially right. The airplane doesn’t know or care that its pilot is visually impaired during the hours of darkness. It performs and responds just as it does in more »
Regional airlines have long been the conventional steppingstone for civilian pilots to get to a legacy airline. Lots of hopeful pilots signed promises to lenders and racked up debt—often into the six-digit range—while chasing their dream to fly. “I’ll pay it off when I’m at Delta,” many reasoned. Changing times made us reevaluate those goals. more »
Fans of the original Batman TV series, and we are big fans, who want to get up close and personal with movie lore can do so at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, starting next week, where the Batcopter and Batmobile will both appear. The original TV series, starring Adam West as Batman/millionaire Bruce Wayne and more »
As for so many pilots, it all started for me in a C-150. My very first flight in the small Cessna trainer was one I’ve never forgotten. In an extreme climb, my pilot friend took me high up, ending the climb with a stall. “That is what happens when you force an aircraft to stop more »
The FAA issued a Notice in October that allows more flexibility in how Designated Pilot Examiners (DPEs) conduct practical tests These changes are poised to help alleviate some backlogs in the scheduling and conducting of practical tests in the United States for pilots and students. Specifically, the major points of change included allowing DPEs to more »
In the sticky southern Georgia afternoon, the air was flat and heavy as we turned final for Runway 6 at KCSG. It was our last fuel stop after a long day, and we were ready to call it quits for the evening. Following my flight lead, an A36 Bonanza, down the imaginary glideslope, I flew more »
For people looking for an industry with exciting jobs, high salaries and attractive benefits packages, not to mention numerous quality-of-life perks, there probably aren’t a lot of options. But there are a few, if you’ve got the right stuff and get the right training. And aviation is one such industry, and there are a lot more »
What do you do in a developed flat spin? If this question sends a chill down your spine, you’re not alone. The video, which shows a test pilot of an LSA trying to recover from a well-developed spin pulling the chute, finally. According to BRS, the plane suffered only superficial damage. Without the chute pull, more »
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the December 4, 1978, crash of Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 in snow-covered terrain at 10,530 feet MSL near a place called Buffalo Pass, about 8 nautical miles east-northeast of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The de Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter had 22 on board: the captain, first officer and more »
Without a doubt, the hottest January destination in 2019 will be the 15th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. The event, which started as a modest LSA gathering in 2004, has evolved into a good sized get together that spans the sport aviation world, with everything from big-tired taildraggers to jumping gyroplanes, from more »
The online world is rampant with cheats and jerks, and one of the good guys in aviation, Mike Patey, is the victim of an apparent online scammer. The unknown person has created a website, now since taken down, that offered Patey’s highly modified Wilga, called Draco, for sale. The only problem is, the website proprietor more »
At my airport, it’s rarely ever quiet; that’s a price we have to pay while flying at one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country. It’s not often that I get to fly in the morning with my busy schedule, but I woke up extra early to do a quick engine break-in flight more »
I was bewildered during preflight and startup—vaguely familiar but with way more steps that I didn’t fully understand—couldn’t yet correlate. I was sure that once we got going—got airborne—I’d be at home. After all, I’d been flying airplanes for many years. This was my introductory flight lesson for the rotor wing add-on rating to my more »
Eight years ago when the FAA said it wanted the fatal accident rate for homebuilts cut substantially over the next ten years, it seemed like an ambitious goal. After all, at least part of the Experimental/Amateur-Built regs are intended to allow off the regs development of new technology, and that always brings risk with it, more »