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Dogfight: Experimental versus Standard

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models - and lots of opinions (and similar haircuts). We last turned them loose on the topic of running the tank dry on occasion and the response to two different schools of thought garnered some of our most interesting musings from a large number of readers. So with a "Dogfight" this month regarding lean vs. rich of peak, we hope you'll enjoy these two takes on a topic - and let us know what you think, too.

Cessna L–19 Bird Dog: A soldier’s best friend

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Cessna's Model 305 became better known as the L-19 Bird Dog - an apt name because of how well it enabled pilots and their rear-seat observers to search for and locate enemy ground positions. Once found, such targets were identified and their locations radioed to those who would respond with an air assault, artillery, or ground troops. When enemy ground troops spotted a Bird Dog flying low and overhead, it gave them good reason to believe that something bad might soon happen. Although the L–19's slow speed made it vulnerable to ground fire, enemy soldiers often would not shoot at one for fear of revealing their position.

Rally GA: So you want to have a fly-in?

Article | Jun 01, 2011

Imagine a sky full of Golden Age museum pieces, the thunder of splendid warbirds, the buzz of lightplanes, and a ramp lined with these monuments from aviation history. This vision danced in our heads like the sugar plums they were.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

The B–17’s four cranky Wright engines coughed and barked to life one by one, each leaving a trail of gray exhaust until all nine of the cylinders could agree that, yes, we’re going flying today. The staccato of the big radials broke the early morning’s quiet, commanding attention from everyone in the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In’s warbird area.

Flying Yellowstone and ‘The Grand’

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Fog and rain left behind by storms that delayed my airline flight the previous evening fill the mountain-ringed bowl of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Never Again:

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

I fondly remember many memorable flights with my dad when I was a little boy. No matter what the circumstance, he always seemed to be as cool as a cucumber.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

The disagreeing articles on pattern entries (“Dogfight: Pattern Entry,” January 2011 AOPA Pilot) prompted me to comment. I agree with Dave Hirschman in principle (less time in the air and less radio chatter is good), but I have to disagree that “The Bonanza pilot’s pattern entry procedure is time-honored, FAA approved.” I have yet to see any approval for anything other than the 45-degree entry to the downwind.

Pride of WWII

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Distraught by the attack on Pearl Harbor and a series of defeats in the Pacific, America desperately needed a victory during the early months of World War II to bolster morale at home and give a shot in the arm to U.S. armed forces struggling to contain Japan’s drive across the Pacific.

Fly-Outs: July

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly.

Technique: Running on empty

Article | Mar 01, 2010

We’ve all heard the maxim—“The only time there’s too much fuel in an airplane is when it’s on fire.” That’s not entirely true, of course, but carrying an insufficient amount of fuel, or not being able to get it to the engine(s), has been a frustratingly persistent cause of aircraft accidents for generations. About 200 GA accidents in the past five years were attributed to pilots running out of fuel, according to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.