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License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Back from the Colorado Springs fly-in

License to Learn: Slow town

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

“After aligning the airplane with the runway centerline, the final flap setting should be completed; in the absence of the manufacturer’s recommended airspeed, a speed equal to 1.3 VS0 should be used.”

License to Learn: I'm a fan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

My experience suggests that students who join flying clubs are more likely to complete their training compared to attending traditional flight schools.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Responding to angle-of-attack warnings

The pilot shortage

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

When a humorist is asked about the looming pilot shortage, he proposes booster seats to solve the problem.

License to Learn: High anxiety

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

These were mistakes stemming from the natural decline in skill that results from a pilot’s failure to train regularly.

License to Learn: Be a good tracker

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

The fact is that this method of tracking is challenging for some people because it involves thinking in terms of angles.

Topics VOR, Navigation

License To Learn

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Here’s a good lesson that every pilot should learn: When something out of the ordinary happens in an airplane, think before you act.

Fewer feathers

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

My hangar once housed a Bonanza A36. That was followed by a Cessna P210. Now a Cessna 150 nestles there.

Topics Gear

Drones aren’t new

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but drones aren’t new.

The wrong question

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Kahneman posits that our mind is organized into a fast-thinking (intuitive, reflexive) part and a slower-thinking (logical or “think it over”) part.

License to Learn: The right thing to do

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Recently, my wife summoned me to our patio deck and pointed to puffs of smoke rising from the roof of a condominium complex below us.

AOPA’s regional fly-ins

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

If you didn’t have the pleasure of attending an AOPA regional fly-in in 2014, then you’re in for a real treat when you do next year.

Topics Fly in, Events

The examiner

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

We should all have a deep respect for designated pilot examiners (DPE), especially when you consider the unofficial job description for their line of work.

License to Learn: Somebody pinch me

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s called an Ercoupe. Built by Fred Weick and first manufactured in 1939, the two-place coupe was so revolutionary that even birds tweeted about it.

License to Learn: Media mania

Article | Aug 05, 2014

My approval/disapproval relationship (mostly disapproval) with the news-entertainment industry began in 1978, when a TV news anchor described how a collision occurred between a Boeing 727 and a Cessna 172 over San Diego.

License to Learn: Anxiety be gone!

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Several years ago, a fellow pilot, whom I’ll call Norm, confessed to an anxiety he developed about flying his airplane.

License to Learn: Attention grabber

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

There was no mental drift when I sat down to take the Air Safety Institute’s online eFIRC (Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic) a few months ago.

License to Learn: The four C-note lesson

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

A friend recently took his first flight lesson at a Midwest flight school and paid $400 for 1.2 hours of dual instruction. Shocked?

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.