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Wx Watch: Ice Fighters

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Pilots fortunate enough to have ice-protection systems can become blasé about icing encounters. Brother, is that a mistake! The subject of ice-protection equipment, its capabilities, and correct use is a complicated one — and one that's often neglected in conventional training materials.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Sporty's Electric Backup Attitude Indicator Loss of the primary attitude indicator (AI) is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to an instrument pilot. However, there have been few affordable backup options for light airplanes.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

GENERAL What unique method did Japan and other countries use during the 1930s (before the advent of radar) to detect approaching enemy aircraft? According to the Aeronautical Information Manual, what is the most likely way for a pilot to inadvertently induce whiteout conditions? From reader Mark Barchenko: What does a modern U.S. naval destroyer have in common with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10? NASA's hypersonic X-43A, an unmanned research airplane, is powered by an air-breathing scramjet and flew at almost Mach 10 (10 times the speed of sound) on November 16, 2004.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Garmin iQue 3600a Garmin has offered a personal digital assistant (PDA) for two years, the iQue, but now the company has introduced the iQue 3600a, which includes aviation and terrain data already loaded and a built-in 12-channel GPS receiver, all ready to go the minute you open the box. With the addition of a $139.27 MapSource CD you can navigate the streets or highways at your destination.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Otto Pilot, Mechanical Mike, or Gyro George — it's a lifesaver The goal of every autopilot is to get back to being idle," says Bob Ferguson of Autopilots Central, an avionics shop in Tulsa. For simple autopilots this means the airplane's wings are level.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines passed his instrument checkride on his birthday in 1989.

Honda-GE Move Forward on Jet Engine Program

Article | Jun 01, 2004

Honda-GE Move Forward on Jet Engine Program Article Archive June 18, 2004 — The alignment of two large and highly successful companies, General Electric and Honda Motor Company, is ample proof that a new class of general aviation jets is emerging. GE engines power 50 percent of all commercial airline flights, and a version of the Boeing 777 powerplant, the GE90, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most powerful jet engine.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Jets are slaves to temperature, too Takeoff in the typical business jet can be an exhilarating experience. There's the rapid acceleration, the several-thousand-feet-per-minute initial climb rate.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Doing it right when things go wrong Most pilots will never experience a sudden emergency situation — normal one moment, completely abnormal the next. Most pilots will never lose an engine at a critical point in the takeoff, for instance, or face multiple, serious systems problems.

The Duchess of Cleveland

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

Trickery may be the mark of a good instructor, once the multiengine student has the skills to handle it. Instructor and pilot examiner Charlie Wentz obviously felt I was ready.