Taildragger

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AOPA Access

Article | Apr 01, 1998

You rent an airplane too rarely, and your landings are awful. Unfortunately, landings aren't the only aeronautical skill getting rusty, and by flight review time you're positively corroded.

AOPA Access

Article | Mar 01, 1998

As winter departs, can the gusty winds of spring be far behind? Before you crank the engine after a winter layoff, consider your own readiness. Legally, you'll need a flight review and a currently valid medical certificate — and three takeoffs and landings within the past 90 days if passengers are going with you.

Choosing a VFR Panel

Article | Dec 01, 1997

Blue sky above faded into a dull white haze on the horizon. Twelve miles ahead, McMinn County Airport, southeast of Athens, Tennessee, lurked ahead in the haze.

Unconventional, Yet Alluring

Article | Sep 01, 1997

You never just fly a Seabee. You herd it through the air, curse its ground handling, revel in its abilities in the water, worry about what will break next, dread the preflight, and delight in its departure from the ordinary.

Cessna 195

Article | Aug 01, 1997

Cessna's elegant station wagon of the sky Some say that the Cessna 195 arrived too late. The Beech Bonanza, although smaller than the 195, was introduced in 1947 with a modern tricycle gear, a flat engine, and a low wing.

Taylorcraft F21B

Article | May 01, 1997

N4418Y began life as a gambler Taylorcraft serial number 1521, an F21B tailwheel model, began life in the fast lane in 1988, hanging from the ceiling of the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pull a handle, win an airplane.

Measure of Skill

Article | Mar 01, 1997

Getting down safely and in style Fair or not, pilots and passengers alike assign tremendous importance to landings — especially the events surrounding the touchdown. A flight's takeoff and en route phases may have been perfectly planned and executed, but if the landing's a bouncer or a crabbed slam-in, the pilot's in the doghouse.

Ground encounters

Article | Jan 01, 1997

The issue of how to operate safely on the ground at nontowered airports was raised again in November with the collision between a regional airliner and a Beech King Air in Quincy, Illinois. According to preliminary reports, the airliner, a Beech 1900, had just touched down and was on the rollout.

Bush Hawk

Article | Jun 01, 1996

The big taildragger rumbles up the taxiway and waddles onto the grass, sniffing for a place to tie down. It looks at home against the north woods backdrop — a bushplane back from some wilderness outing, perhaps.