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Proficient Pilot: Big Bang theory

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

With deference to Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaître, I have my own version of the Big Bang theory, and it states that big bangs occur in clusters of three. My basis for this is that I had three big bangs during my airline career, and I am grateful not to have had more.

Pilot Briefing: Flying Clubs

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

Tucked into the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee is a flying club that is creating excitement in the local flying community.

Waypoints: Morning flight

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

When I pulled the Piper Super Cub’s throttle control to idle I had one of those, “Oh, yeah,” moments as I reacquainted myself with seaplane flying.

Air travel still big news in Plainview

Article | Sep 28, 2015

In the 1940s air travel was still an expensive and mysterious adventure; because of that, airport happenings made it into the local newspaper in Plainview, Texas. The column is still going.

American Champion confirms new model coming

Article | Sep 28, 2015

Airplanes cost too much, so American Champion is taking a look at its $200,000 Adventure model to see if it can be stripped down to a still-powerful $160,000 model.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

Test flight successful for 'edge of space' sailplane

Article | Sep 23, 2015

A pressurized glider designed to become the highest-flying winged aircraft ever has accomplished a successful first test flight from Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon.

Charter College, flight schools partner for aviation degree

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Charter College, with locations in Alaska, California, and Washington, is partnering with several Part 141 flight schools to offer an aviation degree.

Aircraft Maintenance: Beware common points of failure on brakes

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 22, 2015

Loss of fluid and the introduction of air into the brake system are the two most common causes of failures in aircraft braking systems.