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Safety Pilot: You be the judge

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Bruce Landsberg was named president of the Air Safety Foundation in February. The great football coach Vince Lombardi used to exhort his Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers that “Winning isn’t everything—it’s the only thing.” That’s fine for professional sports, but shouldn’t “safety” replace “winning” as what pilots, and the agencies that oversee them, should be thinking? However, the FAA is charged with enforcement to be used when more collaborative methods for safety fail.

Avionics: Electronic Flight Bags

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

The first electronic flight bags (EFBs) were airline inventions. Instead of stuffing every cockpit with cumbersome paper charts, operations manuals, and performance calculators—all of which were subject to regular revisions—carriers such as FedEx and Lufthansa designed their own software in the 1990s for portable computers that could hold all that critical information.

Safety Pilot: Overrun!

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Bruce Landsberg is the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. It was three years ago this month that a Southwest Airlines (SWA) Boeing 737-700 slid off the end of Runway 31C after landing at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) on a snowy evening.

AOPA ePilot Custom Content

Article | Aug 01, 2008

The following stories from the August 1, 2008, edition of AOPA ePilot were provided to AOPA members who expressed an interest in the particular subject areas. Any AOPA member can receive information tailored to their areas of interest by updating their preferences online.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Tie the airplane out of harm's way Mike Moll flew small airplanes — Piper Super Cubs, de Havilland Beavers, and Cessna 185s — in Alaska from the minute he turned 16 years old until he died in the early 1990s. His father, who also made a living flying in Alaska, taught Moll how to take care of himself and his airplane.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Downtube folding bike Since my first days on the job as new-products editor for Pilot, it seems I've been a magnet for folding bikes. We've tested a few, pedal-powered and motorized — and they all offer great utility for pilots.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Your best midair-collision-avoidance tool Pilots who install traffic advisory systems (TASs) often are surprised to find that they are unable to visually locate target airplanes pointed out by these electronic traffic detectors until the airplanes are too close for comfort. Fortunately, with the traffic icons displayed you can safely maneuver away from traffic.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

SPRING TRAINING Jeppesen/Cirrus training If you're old enough, you may recall self-paced Jeppesen Sanderson training programs at your local flight school. An audiotape would present information and beep periodically to advance a coordinated filmstrip.

AOPA offers resources to help you upgrade your bird

Article | Dec 01, 2006

AOPA offers resources to help you upgrade your bird Get ideas from AOPA's sweepstakes aircraft restoration projects AOPA's Win-A-Six Sweepstakes aircraft will bean example of how STCs can improve your aircraft. Wanting to give your older, but still reliable aircraft a makeover that improves its utility, performance, and look? Well, AOPA can help you through the process.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Does that bolt have a birth certificate? "Because of the small size of most hardware items, their importance is often overlooked; however, the safe and efficient operation of any aircraft is greatly dependent upon correct selection and use of aircraft structural hardware." — Aviation Structural Mechanic S 3 & 2 Navy training course manual, NAVPERS 10308-A Jerry, an airframe and powerplant technician, was yelling instructions to Larry, another A&P, in typical A&P language: "Get me an AN525-8-R9, two AN 960-8s, and an AN365-832." Larry answered, "We don't have any AN365-832s but we have lots of NAS1021N-08s. Will that do?" "Heck," said Jerry, "I don't know.