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License to Learn: What’s in a date?

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

AOPA has been nothing less than a caped crusader protecting the liberty of everyone who flies.

License to Learn: Managing our agreements

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

Many years ago,I saw half a house moving down the street on a flatbed truck.

License to Learn: Aviation poetry

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

Novelist Arnold Bennett once wrote, “I myself have seen it empty buildings that had been full; and I know that it will scatter a crowd more quickly than a hose-pipe, hornets, or the rumour of plague.

License to Learn: Submarine knowledge

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

The best lessons I’ve ever learned about the mental game of flying an airplane didn’t come from studying books on aviation psychology. Instead, they came from reading history.

License to Learn: Confirmation bias

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Have you ever flown with someone who agreed with every decision you made, even the ones that played out badly? I’m speaking of someone who kept saying yes to your every muse.

License to learn: Two minds—if you don’t mind

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

My father told me, “Never to go to bed without having a really good question on your mind.” I told him I’d think about it.

License to Learn: Having a clue or two

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

If you know what to look for, there’s something deeply satisfying about watching a runway’s geometry grow proportionally in your windscreen.

License to Learn: Ties the bind us

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

We actually do quite well at training people to make good decisions regarding their safety. People in industries ranging from commercial aviation to the nuclear industry have made impressive improvements in their safety record over the years.

License to Learn: Turbulence—yuck!

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

I don’t like clear air turbulence, and my passengers like it even less. It’s one of those things that saps the fun from flying, because it affects the neural nooks that are the primitive levels of our biology. It’s unlikely that you or your passengers will learn to like turbulence, but by understanding and sharing with your passengers what it can and can’t do to your mind and airplane, you can make turbulence tolerable.

License to Learn: The backseat

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In the early 1980s I was offered a trip by airplane to a speaking engagement by a fellow named Pete, who had hired me to speak. He had just purchased a Comanche 250. Given my assumption of riding right seat, I eagerly accepted.

License to Learn: Aviation photography

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

I don't understand contemporary art. Neither did a night janitor working the London's Eyestorm Gallery in November 2001.

License to learn: The dark night rises

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

I remember the time I spent an entire day at a nearby airport filming video segments for an online aviation magazine. It was the perfect confluence of airplanes, sunlight, and even more sunlight.

License to learn: Bang for your buck

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Four lessons from steep turns

License to learn: Ice follies

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

Some interesting cockpit applications

License to learn: Steppin' in it

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Everyone makes mistakes on the radio now and then.

License to learn: Free to choose

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

So how many is too many?

License to learn: Natural hazards

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Many moons ago, on a dual flight to a rustic little airport, my student (we'll call him Bob) was about to begin his landing flare when things got a little squirrely. A squirrel popped up, periscope-like, near the VASI and then made a mad dash across the runway. Thump! The squirrel had failed to hide his hide.

License to learn

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

I knew my article in the April 2012 issue of AOPA Pilot ("License to Learn: In Defense of Stick-and-Rudder Training") was a hot topic, but I didn’t know how sizzling it was until the letters rolled in. Every letter I received--except one--supported emphasizing stick-and-rudder basics during primary flight training.

License to learn

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Our story begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on a sunny spring morning. The pilot of a Beech Baron prepared to depart on a cargo flight at 9:30 a.m. After starting his engines, he did something each of us does on most flights. He reached for his radio switch and turned it on. This time, however, his right wing exploded. Kaboom!

License to learn

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

Everyone believes in a myth at one time or another. This is especially true for those convinced that the world will expire on December 21, 2012, because the Mayan calendar abruptly ends on that date.