Dave Hirschman

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Garmin synthetic vision for tablets

Article | 2014, 03 04

Garmin popularized synthetic vision with the G1000 six years ago and now offers it on an app.

Just Aircraft Super Stol: No runway? No problem

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 02 19

This 400-foot “runway” has a swamp at one end and a two-story brick building at the other.

Frugal Flier: A tipping point for 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 02 18

A pair of events last year changed my mind about ELTs and spurred me to take a long-delayed action.

Ownership: Cold comfort

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 02 18

An oft-repeated maxim about open-cockpit airplanes says they should be flown only when the air temperature (in Fahrenheit) exceeds the pilot’s age (in years).

Ted Smith's Dream

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 01 24

The acceleration starts fast, and gets faster.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 01 24

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Proficiency: Lazy S

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 01 22

Pity the poor Lazy 8. It began as a fun, fluid, and telling maneuver that encouraged pilots to explore the changing feel of an airplane through a broad range of speed and bank angles. It also developed a pilot’s coordination, timing, and anticipation.

The whales of Baja

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 12 23

Dawn casts the barren Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula in a soft light as we overfly the dusty airstrip at San Ignacio.

Proficiency: Hover like a hawk

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 12 23

Slow flight is an essential skill for pilots to understand and master, but practicing it can be a drag (literally and figuratively).

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | 2013, 12 20

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.