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Spot simplifies with new Trace tracker

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Rather than upping the feature set, as seems the norm these days with new products, Spot decided to simplify. The Trace is just a satellite-based tracker, automatically sensing motion and turning on.

A grief-stricken father’s mission

Article | Jun 25, 2013

A Wyoming father whose daughter died in the Utah mountains after surviving a crash wants every pilot to prepare for the worst.

Staying alive: Survival training for after a ditching

Article | Jun 20, 2013

In the chilly ocean off the Southern California coast, GA pilots learned what it feels like to hit the water in a ditching.

Don't ban 121.5 MHz ELTs, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission's plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs--effectively forcing pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs--would hinder, not improve, aviation safety and conflicts with existing laws, AOPA says.

Answers for Pilots: Alaska--Pilot Heaven

Article | Feb 01, 2013

From the jagged, snowy peaks of the Chugach Mountains to the spectacular shoreline of Cook Inlet – from the gorgeous turquoise rivers of the Kenai Peninsula, teeming with fish, to the rugged Brooks Range Mountains in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska is breathtaking from the sky and on the ground. Flying is the perfect way to see the vast state. If you are thinking of making a summer trip north, now is a good time to start your planning.

FARs for jets

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

As if a pilot flying a jet for the first time didn't have enough to learn--what with all the new systems, aerodynamics, and performance topics to master--there also are new (to the transitioning pilot, that is) FARs with which to become familiar.

Answers For Pilots: 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

No doubt you’ve read about the changeover from 121.5 MHz to 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that is effective February 1, 2009. But what, exactly, is changing? The international search-and-rescue satellite system, known as Cospas-Sarsat, will stop monitoring 121.5 MHz ELTs on that date, although 121.5 ELT signals will be still be detected by receivers including local airports, air traffic control, and overflying aircraft.

Never Again: Nowhere to land

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Preflight planning the night before showed it would be like so many other central Texas morning flights; everything looks good as long as you get up before the morning fog rolls in. The trip was from Taylor, just north of Austin to Kendall-Tamiami Regional Airport, which is west of Miami, Florida.

Turbine Pilot

Article | Aug 01, 2005

Emergency-procedures training for corporate aviation How well prepared are you to escape from an airplane full of dense smoke and fumes following a landing mishap? Could you handle an in-flight medical emergency, or survive the aftermath of a night ditching? Putting aside for a moment the more typical kinds of emergency situations we pilots tend to fret about (like flying the airplane when an engine fails after takeoff), the truthful answers to questions like these are likely "not very" and "maybe." That most of us could be better prepared than we are is the premise of Bombardier Aerospace Learjet division's annual Safety Standdown, held in Wichita. The three-day conference, comprised of various high-quality training seminars and hosted by Bombardier for the eighth year in a row, attracted more than 400 pilots.

Fire!

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

It has been a beautiful evening, the sky has been calm, and the dinner was great. Everything has been perfect.

Improving Your Chances

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

FedEx pilot Bryan Webster was waiting for his Cessna Caravan to be loaded with cargo and spending the time browsing through aviation periodicals. In article about ditching was of interest because his job involved single-engine operations over bays, large lakes, and shorelines.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

Safety is a tough sell. Ask anyone who manufactures or markets fire extinguishers, survival equipment, first-aid kits, life jackets, and so forth.

Prepared to Survive

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1996

While much effort is spent teaching successful forced landings, almost none is spent preparing for what comes next. Put down in a farmer's field or on a road and there's not much to worry about.