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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

You probably haven’t heard of the “Empty Quarter,” and that’s why paraglider pilot and freelance author and photographer George Steinmetz traveled there. The Empty Quarter is one of the most remote deserts on Earth and includes portions of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Fear of flameout

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Fuel exhaustion—long known as a leading cause of accidents in light propeller aircraft—also is a real danger in turbine-powered aircraft, even those operated by professional flight crews. It’s even happened to airline crews.

Thrust buster: Sierra Super S–II

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Turbine Pilot Special Edition Thrust buster: Sierra’s new Citation Super S–II Go time: Climbing from one takeoff segment to another Performance calculations: One manufacturer’s approach TOLD you so: Calculating takeoff and landing data Flying in the wild, wild West: Where the airplane is an important tool Simulating reality: Tips for acing your next training session Cessna built some 1,700-plus older Cessna Citations, and many of them are still out there paying their way. These are the Citations that established the line as one of the all-time, hands-down bestsellers.

Airframe and Powerplant: New ignition technology

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

It’s well into the twenty-first century and the prosaic magneto is still sparking new airplane engines to life. During the last decade general aviation avionics manufacturers have filled our airplanes with technology.

AOPA seeks to expand changes to FAR Part 61

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2009

While the FAA is proposing 16 changes to FAR Part 61, AOPA is recommending additional changes that could benefit the GA community. Several of the proposals pertain to complex aircraft.

Crazy for Canada

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

“This is not a tour, it’s a rally!” declares Aviation Connection’s International Air Rally President Catherine Tobenas in a sharp French accent. “Not a holiday, but a challenge, for true fliers!” The petite Canadian is addressing a group of weary yet exhilarated participants who have formed a close-knit family since coming together from all over the world to fly the great Cross-Canada Air Rally.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Economic recovery at least a year off To those of you looking for signs of economic recovery, just wait. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, literally.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Oshkosh wrap-up AOPA Pilot editors filed nearly 50 stories from EAA AirVenture in July, not counting videos, Twitter reports, and Facebook entries. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

GENERAL From reader John Schmidt: Under what circumstances might a German secret agent during World War II have found himself strapped to the wing of a dive bomber? From reader Paul Odum: What was the first engine to be equipped with a throttle that enabled the pilot to adjust fuel flow, propeller pitch, mixture, and ignition timing using only this one lever? What is the only single-engine piston-powered airplane that is FAA certified with an engine that has full-authority digital engine control (FADEC)? From reader Steve Madorsky: What was the first flight instrument to be usd on a fixed-wing aircraft? From reader Gary Underland: What was the Lear LDP5 Omniscope? Who wrote, “My soul is in the sky”? From reader Dan Stroud: What is the only U.S. military turbofan airplane that may be flown using all of its thrust reversers in flight? The landing gear of the space shuttle is not extended until immediately before touchdown.

Waypoints: Will electrons rule your next flight?

Article | Jan 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a 1972 Beechcraft Bonanza with panel gear from four different decades. One of the big issues with updating the electronics in our “legacy” airplanes (that’s PR-speak for “old”) with modern systems is the uncertainty of what you’ll find not just behind the panel but throughout the airplane when you start the installation.