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Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

"Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you," sang The Hollies in 1972. Nice sentiments, but wrong. You need air - not sometimes, all of the time. Many pilots scuba dive, always descending with a carefully checked tank, but many ascend without oxygen. Federal Aviation Regulation 91.211 states that a pilot of an unpressurized aircraft shall not operate from 12,500 to 14,000 feet for longer than 30 minutes without supplemental oxygen. Above 14,000 feet, oxygen has to be used by the crew, and above 15,000 feet it must be provided for everyone aboard.

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

"Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you," sang The Hollies in 1972. Nice sentiments, but wrong. You need air - not sometimes, all of the time. Many pilots scuba dive, always descending with a carefully checked tank, but many ascend without oxygen. Federal Aviation Regulation 91.211 states that a pilot of an unpressurized aircraft shall not operate from 12,500 to 14,000 feet for longer than 30 minutes without supplemental oxygen. Above 14,000 feet, oxygen has to be used by the crew, and above 15,000 feet it must be provided for everyone aboard.

Let's Go Flying!

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Spending a quarter of a century in love with one person is something to be celebrated, preferably in an exciting and memorable way. And for their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Dave and Sue Passmore of Great Falls, Virginia, did just that by earning their instrument ratings on October 4, 2009, about a week after the big day.

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

“The heart is the only broken instrument that works,” said T.E. Kalem, former writer for Time magazine, and on Valentine’s Day, surrounded by images of love, we tend to focus on the emotional side of our biological fuel pump.

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Overweight or obese—common words. For the sake of completeness, let’s clarify a few facts.

Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2009

You are one in a million. Well, figuratively speaking, anyway.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Cessna’s Caravan has been on the market for 24 years, but it’s one of the few general aviation airplanes that Editor at Large Tom Horne hadn’t flown—until January 2009, when a trip to Wichita rectified the problem. “What a truck!” Horne says of the beast’s roll forces (see “Sky Truck”).

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

New initiatives for a new president Boyer passes flight bag to Craig L. Fuller A new Internet-based flight planner, a campaign to boost the pilot population, and a new foundation were some of the key tools AOPA President Phil Boyer passed to incoming President Craig L.

Turbine Pilot: Pressure Pointers

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Turbine aircraft engines are happiest flying high where fuel flows diminish and true airspeeds increase, but altitude is less friendly to humans. Oxygen that our lungs can extract from the atmosphere decreases with altitude.

The Ideal Airport

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Several years ago, during a visit to my grandmother's farm in Gloucester, Virginia, my father and I made a trip to the old Gloucester airport. The airport had been on the Washington, D.C., sectional as a closed airport for quite some time, and we wanted to go see what had become of the field.

CJ Step-Up

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

As popular as they were, Cessna has decided to discontinue CitationJet production. The baby Citation that took over the step-up end of the twinjet market from its debut in 1993 has now morphed into a higher-tech iteration.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Manufacturer announces new name, new plane Under its new company name, The Lancair Company has officially announced the development of its next airplane, the Columbia 400. The new plane will be powered by a twin-turbocharged, twin-intercooled Continental TSIO-550 engine and will retain the same fixed-gear configuration as the certified Columbia 300.

What Fate Meigs?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2000

Remember Meigs Field? The City of Chicago's lakefront airport reopened on February 10, 1997, for at least five years under the terms of an agreement between Chicago and the State of Illinois. Chicago Mayor Richard M.