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Test Pilot

Article | Nov 01, 2000

GENERAL An attitude indicator shows changes in pitch and roll because of the way in which a spinning gyroscope remains fixed in space. Why, then, doesn't the conventional artificial horizon indicate an inverted attitude following a nonstop flight from the North to the South Pole? An airplane with a fully functioning groundspeed indicator is being flown at a constant altitude in no-wind conditions.

The A-Team

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

This is the city—Los Angeles, California. Four hundred and sixty-eight square miles of the worst automobile traffic and crime this side of Bangkok.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Is a flying career for you? Recently a member called the AOPA Pilot Information Center with what appeared to be bad news: His government job was being downsized, and he needed a new career. Could his passion for flying offer new job possibilities? It sure could, replied Kitty Pultorak, AOPA's technical services manager and a former customer service representative for a fixed base operator.

Quiet on the Slope

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1998

After more than 25 years of yearning to fly, I finally earned my private certificate in 1975. Until active noise-canceling headsets came on the market, however, I was bothered by the noise in piston-engine airplanes.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1997

GENERAL The only three instruments required on a hot-air balloon are an altimeter, a fuel gauge, and a ________. Why is a compass not required on a balloon? From reader Hal Gordon: An airway segment shown as a straight line on a sectional chart connects two VORs.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1996

Whenever I hear the word airman, I think of Eddie Ruhl. To me, that term has always been evocative of something deeper than the simple appellation of pilot.

Where the Wind Blows

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1996

The chill is still in the gray predawn air when the process begins. Warmed by steaming cups of coffee, volunteers scurry through the mist-shrouded field, unrolling tarpaulins and unloading equipment.