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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

This could have been written in the 1920s, although barnstorming then wasn’t done on a schedule. The American Barnstormers Tour continues its multiyear run with a new tour in the central United States from June to July.

Member Guide

Article | Oct 01, 2009

Answers for Pilots: Logbooks Logbooks mean many things to pilots—sentimental diaries of cherished time in the sky; reminders of people from years past who shared the cockpit with us; fond memories of aircraft we flew and destinations we enjoyed; journals of lessons learned. Logbooks, of course, also have a practical use, which includes keeping a record of time and training toward currency, and to demonstrate eligibility for additional certificates and ratings.

Enjoy the View

Article | May 01, 2009

The first time I saw Post Mills Airport (2B9) in Vermont was in 1984, back when I was in high school and dreamed of the pilot certificate I would have some day. Seeing airplanes tied down beside a runway made of grass changed my understanding of what an airport could be.

Let's Go Flying!

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Whether you are a seasoned pilot or a new one, you probably remember that day you decided to try flying. Had you always looked skyward and wondered what it would be like to fly an airplane as you listened to a general aviation aircraft buzz through the sky? Had you marveled at the aerobatics at airshows and thought I can do that? Did a passing hot air balloon capture your imagination? Were you one of the lucky who had family or friends in aviation and they introduced you to the utility and convenience of flying without an airline ticket? Or did you stop by your local airport and follow the “Learn to Fly Here” signs? Whatever the means or ways you got to flying, you know one thing for sure—it changed your life.

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 | Apr 01, 2008

GENERAL From reader John Schmidt: During World War II, the Germans launched their Messerschmitt 321 glider using a Troika-Schlepp. What was a Troika-Schlepp? From reader Elwood Schapansky: During cruise flight, the pilot of a Cessna 182 rapidly pushes forward on the control wheel to create a brief zero-G condition.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Click the image above to view a slideshow. Arizona's Piece of Heaven Flying into the "other" Grand Canyon Long ago an inland sea covered most of the southwestern United States.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Cirrus, Cessna, Diamond top piston manufacturers First-quarter numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show Cirrus Design topping Cessna Aircraft in piston-engine aircraft shipments; Cirrus had 144 and Cessna 133. But closing not far behind was Diamond Aircraft with 115 shipments in the first quarter, including 42 DA42 Twin Star aircraft.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader Mike Piccola: What two aircraft were involved in the last dogfight in Europe as World War II came to an end in that theater? Pilots use METARs, aviation routine weather reports, to determine weather conditions at airports worldwide. What is the origin of the word metar? From reader David Hutchins: What is the difference between ASOS (automated surface observation system) and AWOS (automated weather observation system)? From reader Paul Reinman: A bombardier is a crewmember on a bomber.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader Rick Ray: What famous World War I fighter pilot was flying in formation with a bomber when he playfully reached out and grabbed the bomber's radio antenna, thus conceiving the idea of air-to-air refueling using a hose being handed from one aircraft to the other? Who was the first person to escape from an aircraft in peril via parachute? From reader Tony Bill: When and on what aircraft were variable-pitch propellers first used? A pilot walks into a flight school wanting to use the telephone there to file a flight plan. He notices three clocks on a wall that indicate 0800, 0850, and 0820.