Taildragger

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Glacier Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

My first Alaskan pilot job was in 1976 in Galena, on the Yukon river, as a flight instructor. I am a retired college professor with a doctorate in physics and, while teaching, had summers available to pursue a second career in flying.

Lockheed 12-A Electra Junior

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

The memory of Trans World Airlines is alive and well This is more than an article about an airplane. It is also a love story.

Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

On the surface, Doug Shane's taste in airplanes seems a bit...incongruous. Standing in his hangar, he's faced with a sleek, composite Long EZ that looks fast even though it's standing still.

Never Again Online: My crazy ride on Friday the 13th

Article | May 01, 2006

Teaching people to fly has always been my special, favorite thing to do, and I thought it would be a lot of fun and an interesting change from our flying club's Cessna 150s to offer flight instruction in a conventional gear aircraft, better known as a taildragger. Several club members agreed, so I set out to buy one and lease it back to the club.

Low and Slow in New Jersey

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

As a student pilot, I was drilled in the perils of flying low and slow. So it's a guilty pleasure to be following this nameless river at 55 mph, below the level of the treetops, turning with each meander.

Letters

Article | Nov 01, 2005

(From AOPA Pilot, November 2005.) Sport planes are here! At Oshkosh this year I was able to look at two examples of beautiful Cub-type aircraft from two different companies. They appeared to be well-built examples of this classic aircraft.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Mark R. Twombly has been reporting on general aviation for more than 20 years.

Wx Watch: Windwise

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

I once did a study of general aviation weather accidents for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. It had many goals, but one objective was determining which weather phenomenon caused the most accidents.

First Look

Article | Mar 01, 2005

Maule goes retro to offer an economical model The first Maule ever certified is back, but not as it was certified. Maule Air has decided to go retro and bring back the company's first certified model, created by late founder B.D.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Three chutes are better than one, company says Ever since Ralph Nader's book Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile was published in 1965, the auto industry, prompted by federal laws, has been on a safety kick. General aviation seems to parallel the car business, but innovation takes longer with the lack of numbers to justify mass production and the complex FAA certification process.