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Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

GENERAL Aeronautically speaking, what is a Lunkenheimer valve? Many older airplanes have external bracing wires that assist in keeping the wings in place when various loads are applied. Many of these are called flying wires, while others are called landing wires.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

Have your own 'Personal Blimp' A Massachusetts company does not claim to have invented the hot air airship, but it does want to provide, among other things, something more spiritual: air therapy. By combining the best of what powered and lighter-than-air technology has to offer, Skyacht Aircraft Inc.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Kate Board never really wanted to be a blimp pilot — at least not at first. "I didn't even know what a blimp was," she admits.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

GENERAL A pilot is flying an un-pressurized airplane at 11,000 feet msl. He opens a thermos bottle that had been filled at sea level with hot coffee and is immediately blasted with injurious steam.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

GENERAL What was the first airplane to have interconnected controls (roll and yaw control combined)? Who was the first AOPA member to travel into space aboard a spacecraft? In terms of the number of aircraft to roll off the assembly line, what is the most popular small twin (less than 12,500 pounds) ever certified in the United States? Who was the only astronaut to fly aboard each of the first three generations of U.S. spacecraft: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo? The first airmail carried aboard an airplane in the United States was flown by what famous pilot during what famous flight? What airplanes are colloquially referred to as t-bones, and what other airplanes are called bones? A glider pilot experiencing a tow-rope break shortly after takeoff is in a situation similar to that of a single-engine pilot encountering power failure after takeoff.

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.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

GENERAL A nonrigid airship maintains its shape because of the gas pressure within its envelope. It has no internal structure.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1998

Let's say that you want to write an adventure novel about flying and need a name for the leading character. Can't use Jack Ryan; that's already been taken by Tom Clancy.

Flying the Bag

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1997

The collective weirdness of the day's flying experience finally catches up with me when things slow down and, then, quite literally stop. At first I smile and then start to laugh.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1996

FAA's top brass leaving The FAA's chief of regulation and certification, Tony Broderick, has retired in the aftermath of investigations into the crash of a ValuJet airliner in Florida. Contributing to his decision was a pending proposal to split the branch he now heads, creating separate regulation and certification offices.