CATEGORIES

Mind Games

THERE ARE REALLY TWO PILOTS IN YOUR HEAD, AND BOTH ARE COMPETING TO BE IN CHARGE

4 mins read
Flying
February 2018

Shattered

HANDLING AN EMERGENCY AT 29,000 FEET WHEN THE WINDSCREEN FRACTURES WITHOUT WARNING

5 mins read
Flying
February 2018

Log Books Aren't Just For Entries

A NOSTALGIC LOOK BACK AT AVIATION MEMORIES

5 mins read
Flying
February 2018

Back To Basics

FLIGHT THROUGH MY NEPHEW’S EYES

6 mins read
Flying
February 2018

The VOR Approach

The VOR Approach

3 mins read
Flying
February 2018

Turns In The Traffic Pattern

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LANDING AT UNCONTROLLED AIRPORTS

3 mins read
Flying
February 2018

Tail Wags Dog

“JUST GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND,” ARCHIMEDESS AID

5 mins read
Flying
February 2018

Getting To Know You

A PILOT MARRIES A NEW AIRPLANE

5 mins read
Flying
February 2018

The MMU 6 SID

Although the Morristown Six could easily be confused with a ’60s rock-and-roll band, the name actually applies to a standard instrument departure procedure, also known as a SID. SIDs look and feel different from traditional approach procedures, often including far more information arranged in a complex layout some pilots might find confusing.

3 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Stearman Patrol

A BUCKET - LIST FLIGHT IN A TIMELESS CLASSIC

7 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Let's Quit Talking About Safety

SUCH DISCUSSION IS OFTEN SELF-DECEPTIVE

4 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Ground Icing Operations - Deice And Anti-Ice Fluids

GROUND ICING CONDITIONS"No pilot may take offin an aircraft that has frost, ice or snow adhering to any rotor blade, propeller, windshield, wing or stabilizing or control surface, to a power-plant installation, or to an airspeed, altimeter, rate-of-climb or flight-attitude instrument system," according to the FAA basis for the “clean-aircraft concept.”

3 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Flunked

AFTER 50 YEAR S OF FLYING AND FOUR PREVIOUS TYPE RATINGS, A FAILURE

5 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Close Call

A HEAVY-IRON ENCOUNTER OVER THE MOJAVE DESERT NEARLY ENDS IN DISASTER

4 mins read
Flying
January 2018

'From Tragedy We Draw Knowledge'

BEHIND THE SCENES AT NTSB HEAD QUARTERS

5 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Electronic Ignition

Since the introduction of the internal combustion engine, engineers and entrepreneurs alike have searched for ways to squeeze more horsepower from each gallon of fuel.

2 mins read
Flying
January 2018

Young And Dumb - On Surviving Inexperience While Gaining Experience

I grew up and learned to fl y on the snow-swept plains of Minnesota, but I really grew up in the crowded, smoggy skies over Southern California. It’s where I spent a couple of lean years fl ight instructing and freight dogging, making lifelong friends while scrambling to make ends meet on some vanishingly small paychecks.

6 mins read
Flying
December 2017

Vortex Generators

By attaching tiny pieces of specially cut aluminum to an airfoil in a particular order, an aircraft owner can dramatically improve that aircraft’s low-speed handling qualities, including stall behavior, and at a relatively inexpensive price.

2 mins read
Flying
December 2017

Take Your Pick - What's More Important? Exceptional Judgment Or Exceptional Skill?

Imagine I asked you the following question during your next fl ight review: If you had the choice, would you rather fl y directly through a line of embedded thunderstorms along your planned route of fl ight or use datalink radar imagery on your iPad to deviate around the weather system?

5 mins read
Flying
December 2017

So Near, Yet So Far - Last - Minute Hiccups While Buying The Airplane Of Your Dreams

She’s sitting there, right outside those double glass doors, resplendent in the Midwest afternoon sunlight. I am imprisoned with three others in a conference room just a few feet from the ramp. If I lean back I can see her, all detailed, shiny and standing remarkably tall.

5 mins read
Flying
December 2017

Piston Engine Combustion

ALL ABOUT DETONATION, PRE-IGNITION AND BACKFIRING

4 mins read
Flying
December 2017

Groundhog Day Intermission

 A Break In The Normal Trip Routine

5 mins read
Flying
December 2017

Looking For A New Airplane

It’s Gotten Complicated

4 mins read
Flying
November 2017

The Greatest Airport Party Ever

Down-home Aviation at Its Best in the American Heartland

5 mins read
Flying
November 2017

The Vomit Comet

Passengers Do the Darndest Things

5 mins read
Flying
November 2017

VTOL Rides Again

Why Not Be Able to Do Everything?

5 mins read
Flying
November 2017

Brave New World

I Have Seen the Future, and It Will Be Closely Monitored

7 mins read
Flying
November 2017

Fire Works, Flash Lights And Fire Flies

A Dark Landing After Losing Electrical Power

3 mins read
Flying
November 2017

XCUB Gets Non - TSO' D Avionics

In what appears to be a first since the FAA put forth the revised version of Part 23 certification standards, CubCrafters has received the green light from the FAA to install Garmin’s G3X touchscreen PFD/ MFD glass combination along with a digital autopilot, designed for the Experimental market, into the recently Part 23-certified XCub.

2 mins read
Flying
September 2017

Why Be An Airline Pilot?

Present-day Considerations for An Aspiring Aviator

5 mins read
Flying
September 2017