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Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

GENERAL Unless contraindicated by the pilot’s operating handbook, what are the first and immediate steps that should be taken by a pilot who experiences an in-flight engine fire? At what altitude is a passenger required to use supplemental oxygen in a nonpressurized aircraft? From reader Alasdair Halleron: What was the first jet-powered airliner to fly in the United States? From reader Charles Baumann: In the early days of jets, several Soviet jet fighters had a prominent, vertical, white stripe in the center of the instrument panel. What was its purpose? From reader Mike Piccola: Who was first to conceive and sketch a parachute? From reader Richard Wilsher: Name the four different types of aircraft that have each given 50 years of continuous service to the military branch to which it was originally assigned.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

New LSAs create a stir at Oshkosh Cessna Aircraft and Cirrus Design both put their stamps on the light sport aircraft (LSA) movement by unveiling new aircraft at EAA AirVenture in July. Cessna filled a gap in its sequence of aircraft with the introduction of the 162 SkyCatcher.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

KITTY HAWK, DECEMBER, NINETEEN-THREE "They read the work ofLilienthal, Langley, and ChanuteBut the theories of these pioneersIn test did not computeSo they cleaned the table to the woodAnd started in again To answer twisting riddlesSo the sky would let them in." So go the lyrics of the song Kitty Hawk, December Nineteen-Three, by Livingston Taylor. Raised in North Carolina, the poignantly poetic 55-year-old singer/songwriter/aviator has an understandable draw to the Wright brothers and their work, which put his home state on the map.

SIPA S-200 Minijet

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

But very few of these petite little jets were ever made The French SIPA S-200 Minijet was the world's first civilian turbojet airplane to enter production. Moreover, it was the world's first VLJ (very light jet).

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

GENERAL What is an aerial train? The most common configuration for a twin-engine business jet is for an engine to be mounted on each side of the rear fuselage. What was the first twin-engine turbine airplane to be so configured? What is it called when a) ice becomes water vapor without becoming water in the process, and b) water vapor becomes ice without becoming water in the process? From reader Brent Varner: What military aircraft was nicknamed "the missile with a man in it" and as a prototype incorporated an ejection seat that shot the pilot out the bottom of the cockpit? Reader Bob Carlton recently observed a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in flight and noticed that it might be the only aircraft to share a peculiar but significant feature with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

50th Anniversary of the 172

Article | Jun 01, 2006

Timeline 1920-1929 1927: The Cessna Aircraft Company was formed on September 7, 1927. 1928: Cessna produced the first full cantilever-wing light airplane to go into production in the United States.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Aircraft designers look at new forms of energy Energy. It's one of those heavy load-bearing words like love or war that mean many things to people on different levels.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

The hangar that now houses Signature Flight Support at San Francisco International Airport used to belong to Butler Aviation. Before it housed Butler, the hangar stood on the grounds of the old airport (Mills Field Muncipal, renamed San Francisco Municipal in 1931).

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.