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Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

GENERAL Provide two reasons why it usually is more advantageous during VFR flight to lower the nose and increase airspeed when flying through a downdraft than it is to add power and attempt to maintain altitude. What is the Goldfish Club? Under what circumstances should a pilot start an engine with the fuel valve in the Off position? The empty weight and CG of an airplane must be recalculated whenever items are installed or removed.

Piaggio Royal Gull

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

The CEO of seaplanes The 1957 magazine advertisement painted an idyllic picture of the unusual and elegant Italian-built, twin-engine, and gull-winged amphibian: "Here's a working ship that's specially designed for the man who's going places. Be he an air-minded executive, aerial survey, or company pilot, he'll go 'sky-wide and handsome' in the exciting new Royal Gull." Francis Trecker, the Milwaukee machine tool magnate, was one of those "sky-minded executives." Although not a pilot himself, he was the man who brought the twin-engine, five-seat Piaggio Royal Gull pusher to the United States and built an organization to assemble, equip, market, sell, and support it.

On Autopilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2000

There’s a big problem with general aviation autopilots. Even though the number and sophistication of autopilots seem to be increasing at a steady rate, many pilots don’t seem to have a complete understanding of how to operate them.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

GENERAL Why does moving the center of gravity forward make an airplane more stable in pitch and yaw? From reader Michael Dolin: The North American XB-70 Valkyrie supersonic bomber’s six engines were clustered in a single horizontal row beneath the aircraft. This was colloquially known as a six-pack (of engines).

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1999

The ins and outs of window care Like memory loss, thinning hair, and the vague sensation that there hasn't been any good new music in the last 10 years, the deterioration of your aircraft's windows comes on gradually, almost insidiously. One day, much to your consternation, you turn final into the setting sun and see a constellation of scratches, nicks, swirls, and checks — but no airport.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1999

Big airplanes aren't just for airlines Bigger is better. That concept, in brief, is what sets the Boeing Business Jet apart from its competitors in the new and highly competitive ultra-long-haul business jet arena.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Sandel SN3308 HSI Instrument pilots love the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and it's easy to see why. Combining directional gyro information with the primary navigation display greatly simplifies the instrument scan and provides far better situational awareness.

Return of the Workhorse

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1999

Once the darlings of blue-collar workers and those with real off-road work to do, pickup trucks and four-wheel-drive vehicles now command premium prices because of their popularity among white-collar suburbanites and soccer moms. To accommodate these new buyers, manufacturers have nearly bred the "utility" out of their sport-utility vehicles; with overstuffed heated leather seats, cup holders galore, and studio-quality stereos, the machines might be better called "sport-luxury vehicles." m In revamping its long-dormant Model 206 Stationair, Cessna took note of the trend.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1997

The $100 hamburger Phil Boyer's description of the airport restaurant closures ("President's Position: $100 Hamburgers," June Pilot) hit me right between the eyes. The Nut Tree Airport was an icon to the burger brigade and an enticement to thousands of other aviation enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Cessna Skylane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1997

A sturdy bird flies again The Cessna Aircraft Company has entered into what can be called a second phase in its highly touted effort to revive sales of new single-engine airplanes. The first phase involved the production and sale of Skyhawks; now there are some 90 spanking-new 172s in the hands of proud owners.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

Wilcox protests loss of WAAS contract Wilcox Electric has appealed FAA's cancellation of a $483 million contract to build the GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The contract was subsequently awarded to Hughes.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1996

Magellan Skyblazer XL Imagine the pressure on our Olympic competitors this summer. Intense, worldwide scrutiny, the task of representing your homeland in what has become truly high-stakes games.