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P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2016

Synthetic vision helps save the day

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Mar 03, 2016

Changing conditions catch recon pilot off guard

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2016

Alternator failure at night

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2016

Finding the airport in haze and darkness

Never Again: Once upon a night flight dreary

Pilot Magazine | Dec 10, 2015

On an Edgar Allen Poe night, in swirling rain at 7,000 feet, I was eastbound to Richmond, Virginia—Poe’s hometown—over the unseen bleak West Virginia mountains from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

An icy encounter in the Banning Pass

Never Again: The long and winding river

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

I made a poor decision to attempt a flight into unfamiliar terrain, with marginal weather, and without a chart to follow.

Never Again: Speaking up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

I was influenced by the senior pilot to my right, who I believed had experience in dealing with decisions like this.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

I got my DUATS briefing through my electronic flight bag flight planning program—72 pages, including some presidential TFRs in Chicago.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

IFR or VFR? I got a powerful reminder to choose one set of rules or the other when I came close to flying into a skyscraper.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

I had heard nothing on the radio while warming up the airplane. That was mistake number one.

Topics Summer, Weather

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

My most significant aviation learning started when my small airplane finally came to a stop with the right main gear and the tailwheel off the end of the Lagubang airstrip in the mountains of the southern Philippines.

P&E Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

The flight was planned to be a photography exercise, documenting the terrain of the New River Basin in Virginia and West Virginia.

P&E Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Without a word he reached up and buried his entire little finger in a hole in the aluminum skin.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

If it weren’t for the roar of the 230-horsepower Continental engine, you could have heard a pin drop. We would have preferred to hear the gear drop.

Cold in the cockpit

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Then came the giant bang! followed immediately by turbulent, rushing, and very cold air into the cockpit as the passenger-side door popped open.

The last scud run

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I have been flying for more than 40 years and own a well-equipped Cessna Skylane. I almost always file IFR in good weather and bad.

Never Again: The perfect weekend kickoff

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

At 550 feet I was still focused on the runway and yaw control when the wheels left the ground. A quick glance at oil pressure and then airspeed—no airspeed! Yet the airplane was surging upward and accelerating forward.

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.