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Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

The AOPA staff is starting to think that Editor in Chief Tom Haines is a bit of an air head—or, lighter-than-air head. The Goodyear blimp featured on the cover this month is the fourth type of airship Haines has flown (see “One Giant Icon”).

Low, slow, and comfortable

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

With hardly a change in engine sound, the giant Zeppelin gently floated straight up, marking the start of the first U.S. commercial Zeppelin flight in 70 years and confusing me.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Barnstorming is catching on A new fad called “barnstorming” is catching on. It seems that pilots are flying town to town offering airplane rides.

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.

Pilots

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

What was the first airplane to have interconnected controls (roll and yaw control combined)?

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.