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P&E Never Again: Uphill battle

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

After nine years of high-powered performance, my partners and I sold our Beech Debonair. I was not ready to hang up my goggles, so I found a nice Aeronca 7EC Champ that had been modified with a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine and a climb prop.

P&E Never Again: Flying the beam

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

On August 21, 1961, I was making a night instrument flight into Birmingham, Alabama. My airplane was an Army de Havilland Beaver.

Power out!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

Passing 5,400 feet we heard a muffled pow/blam, had immediate white smoke in the cabin, and a spray pattern of oil on the windscreen. I put out an immediate mayday, and opened the window to clear the smoke.

Never again: Snakes alive!

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Once upon a time, two men were flying in a Bonanza across Florida, from St. Petersburg to Vero Beach. It was a warm day, VFR weather, but with occasional isolated showers that are typical of that part of the country.

Never Again: Missed signals

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

I’ve spent all of my life around the family automotive business, and I’ve come to appreciate an adage passed down to me by my father.

Topics GPS, Avionics

Never Again: Interrupting the flow

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Aircraft are time machines in the truest sense of the word. My career involves significant travel, and without an airplane of my own to make those trips, I would spend a countless number of additional days on the road if I had to travel via the airlines.

Never Again: Scud running

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The year was 1949. I was a young Air Force aviation cadet with a little more than 200 flying hours, all of which had been in the North American T–6 aircraft.

Never Again: The no-nose landing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

In 1980, I was chief pilot for an air ambulance service based at Avi Suquilla Airport in Parker, Arizona, which is owned by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

Never Again: One of those nights

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It was Christmas Eve 1971 and my wife, Christiane, and I were starting out on a 1,000-mile trip from Austin, Texas, to visit my family for the holidays.

Never Again: Tumble in the desert

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

My private pilot training took place nearly 36 years ago in a Cessna 150 at Ryan Field near Tucson, Arizona. No one can exaggerate the benefits of training as a student pilot in the Arizona desert’s persistent severe-clear conditions. However, even the perfect training environment could not prevent a nearly disastrous event that occurred during one of my solo cross-country flights.

Never Again: Unseen storm

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In January 1998, as I prepared for my second legislative session as a New Mexico state representative, my wife Cynthia asked me to fly her to Arkansas to visit our daughter. The weather briefer reported a fast-moving cold front that might necessitate an instrument approach.

Never Again: A date with his girl

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

I started flying lessons at age 16 at Dalton Airport in Flushing, Michigan. My instructor, Spike, was patient despite some breathtaking moments I provided in a Citabria 7EC.

Never Again: A slap in the face

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Never Again Listen to this month's "Never Again" story: A slap in the face. Download the mp3 file or download the iTunes podcast.

Never Again: A sleepless night

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Fatigue and flying don't mix

Never Again: Music in the night

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

What is the engine telling you?

Never Again: A loud bang

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Bravado can't compensate for skill

Never Again: Crossing Charlie

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Never Again Listen to this month's "Never Again" story: Crossing ‘Charlie’. Download the mp3 file or download the iTunes podcast.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Never Again Listen to this month's "Never Again" story: Cloud Attack. Download the mp3 file or download the iTunes podcast.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

For months I had been planning a dive trip at Cayman Brac, one of the Cayman Islands. My nonpilot "co-pilot" Lynn and I have gone on many dive trips in my Piper PA–32-260 Cherokee Six.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

At 10:25 on Easter morning in 2010 I held up my hand to shield the sun as I searched for the traffic at my two o'clock, 1,000 feet above. The air was smooth at 11,500 feet, above solid clouds and the rugged Washington Cascade mountains below. My family--parents, wife, kids, spouses, grandchildren--had gathered for the holiday that weekend, and now I was getting everyone home.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

It was a typical overcast winter morning at Portland International Airport in Oregon, with ceilings running around 1,400 feet agl and reported tops at about 7,000 feet msl. Ground control had just rattled off our clearance to Rogue Valley International in Medford, Oregon, clearing us to 10,000 feet.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

I was a freshly minted private pilot, and I was nearing that ego-boosting 100-hour mark. I was itching for a "real" mission--a long and exciting cross-country flight.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

In 1952, with my four-year-old Luscombe 8E that I had just purchased for $800 - a lot of money for a recent graduate of officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia - I was on cloud nine before I even took off from the grass strip at King's School of Aviation in Columbus, Georgia.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Thwack! My friend David smarted as I slapped his hand with the admonishment to never touch "my" radios. As an instrument pilot and good friend, he had assumed he was competent to help with the flight by managing some of the communications and navigation. When we landed I told him of the experience that led me to the notion that the pilot in command owns the radios, and nobody else should touch them without explicit permission.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Losing important pieces of an airplane, while flying, can be fatal. But you know that. Many people, including some pilots, think of gliders, or sailplanes, as toys. Far from it. They are among the world's most advanced, high-performance aircraft. Beyond their performance, they are insanely beautiful, shaped by the wind. Sailplane pilots like to think of them as highly advanced airplanes that lack only that noisy fire hazard.

Topics Avionics

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Article | Nov 01, 2011

As a fairly new pilot with 120 hours, I was very excited about an upcoming flight from my home airport in Blue Ash, Ohio, to my favorite vacation spot: Traverse City, Michigan. I was looking forward to the opportunity to fly this trip during the fall color season.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

It was a warm sunny Sunday morning at Fullerton Municipal Airport. My wife and I had spent a wonderful two days aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, soaking up the ambiance of transatlantic travel from a bygone era.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

After a quick break and fuel stop in Waycross, Georgia, the Velocity was again very hard to start. Approximately halfway between Waycross and Lumberton, North Carolina, the engine shuddered, and then returned to normal. Scanning the instruments, I found nothing unusual. The engine then began a vibration that was anything but normal...

Never Again: Blowing in the Breeze

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have a passion for general aviation and have found various ways to feed this passion ever since earning my private pilot certificate in 1979 and an instrument rating in 1984.

Never Again: Hawaiian surprise

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Taking off from the island of Molokai for our return flight to the island of Oahu we climbed into a rare, 400-foot overcast. I turned my Beechcraft Travel Air to the west and climbed steeply in solid IMC to cross the VOR in the West Molokai Mountains.

Never Again: Post-maintenance surprise

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

It was a nice Texas early fall day in 1992. I had received my private pilot certificate the previous year and had about 75 hours as pilot in command.

Never Again: A lake and a layer

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

It was April 19, 2010, a beautiful day for flying. I departed Tyler, Texas, for a two and one-half hour flight to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

I fondly remember many memorable flights with my dad when I was a little boy. No matter what the circumstance, he always seemed to be as cool as a cucumber.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Although it seems ridiculous to an outsider, operating in less than marginal VFR weather is common in the Louisiana oil field. I was in a Cessna 185 amphibian, engine idling, pointed into the 30-plus-knot wind, holding position in the ship channel southeast of New Orleans.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Illustration by Sarah Hanson Each of the three passengers had weighed themselves and their camping gear and dutifully telephoned to me the results so that I could calculate the weight and balance for our flight from East Kansas City to Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. It had been an unusually cold April in the Midwest and each of us looked forward to the warmth of Florida.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

On a cool and clear April evening, instead of doing homework for my English and biology classes, I drove the 50 minutes from my home in Sandy, Utah, to the Heber City Municipal Airport for the night cross-country portion of my flight training. I had recently completed my introduction to night flying with a local flight after dark, and takeoff and landing practice.

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Article | Dec 01, 2010

We had many memorable flights during a trip to Alaska in the summer of 1976. The adventure, from Boston to Alaska and back in a Mooney, began on a whim.

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Article | Nov 01, 2010

A chance encounter at a coffee shop introduced me to the world of general aviation. Chatting with a total stranger while we waited in line for overpriced lattes, he mentioned he was a pilot and owned an airplane.

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Article | Oct 01, 2010

Glass cockpits provide wondrous, seemingly miraculous information to today’s pilots, but it wasn’t always so. In the dim, dark ages when I learned to fly, we had no such tools—but we did have telephones—and my failure to use one before my first solo cross-country flight could have cost me dearly.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the mid-1960s living in the Peruvian Andes, where a small group was working hard to establish a wildlife refuge for the endangered vicuña—a wild cousin of the llama and alpaca—which live in the high plains of the towering mountain chain. Poachers were taking a toll on the vicuña, and it was critical to find a remote and expansive habitat to sustain the animals, prized for their soft wool, long recognized as the world’s best.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

My birthday party was held at Ted’s Montana Grill. I’m told it was a great outing.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

As we climbed up through 5,000 feet, the airplane began to whisper. Ever so faintly, its breath in my ear, it was trying to tell me something.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

The first day you fly your new airplane is a day you will never forget. At 43 years old, I decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and learn to fly.

Never Again: No lights, no alternate

Article | May 01, 2010

The final leg of the wintertime trip to the West Coast was supposed to be easy. The AOPA Let’s Go Flying SR22 was on its way to California, where it would be awarded to the winner of the 2009 AOPA Sweepstakes.