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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Reading Rod Machado’s column about fuel gauges (“License to Learn: Show Me the Money,” January 2010 AOPA Pilot), I was reminded of one of the most bizarre experiences of my aviation career. (Keep writing, Rod; I am approaching the point where I can use all the reminders I can get.) My ex-wife and I were visiting South Africa with friends Jack and Donna.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Before and following my retirement from TWA, the most common question asked me by nonpilots has been, “What was the most harrowing [or equivalent adjective] emergency [or equivalent noun] that ever happened to you?” I always feel a little apologetic when I reply that I have not had any seriously threatening events as an airline pilot. A little disappointed, they usually then ask, “Well, what about engine failures? Surely you must have had some of those.” The truth is that during my 53,322 jet-engine hours with TWA, I never had so much as one failure.

Proficient Pilot

Article | Dec 08, 2009

Several local pilots and I were huddled in the Waypoint Restaurant at the Camarillo Airport sheltering ourselves from a rare October rainstorm that was scudding across Southern California. The discussion du jour eventually evolved into recollections of our most memorable flights.

Proficient Pilot

Article | Nov 02, 2009

Believe it or not, this really happened. I was administering a flight review to a 2,100-hour private pilot who had been flying his own Beech V35B Bonanza for almost 15 years.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

I apparently had passed the oral examination for my instrument rating, and it was time for the checkride. The airplane was a red Stinson Station Wagon, a comfortable old taildragger equipped with a low-frequency receiver and gauges barely sufficient for instrument flight (no gyros).

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

A friend, Steve Kivo, called excitedly, “Hey, Barry, how would you like to see that electric airplane from China?” A rhetorical question; he knew that I would. “It’s being flight-tested here in Camarillo.

Proficient Pilot

Article | Aug 03, 2009

One challenging aspect of being an instrument instructor is teaching instrument approaches. In major metropolitan areas, the CFII must cope with busy controllers, clearance delays, and so much VFR traffic that it can be impossible to complete an instrument approach (and the missed approach) because of VFR traffic in the pattern.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Barry Schiff has written two aviation novels, The Vatican Target and Flight 902 Is Down. Anyone who has spent time watching landings from the sidelines probably has wondered why so many pilots land on all three wheels simultaneously in tricycle-gear airplanes.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

The Cessna 310 and I had begun the decades-ago trip from Los Angeles to Innsbruck, Austria, several days earlier using Greenland and Iceland as stepping stones across the North Atlantic. It had been a fatiguing flight characterized by short, sleepless nights caused by having to outrun weather.

Proficient Pilot: The joy of soaring

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

Barry Schiff was awarded an honorary doctorate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The last five years of my career with TWA involved flying back and forth between Los Angeles and Honolulu, the best parts of which were the layovers.

Proficient Pilot: Waiting for the go

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Barry Schiff has held five world aviation speed records, one taken from the USSR. Our new Piper Aztec lifted off from John F.

Proficient Pilot: Engine Out

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Barry Schiff has authored 12 aviation books including two novels. The student, of course, is expected to remain calm, establish a normal glide, locate and begin an approach to a suitable landing site, and make an effort to restart the engine (if time, altitude, and workload permit).

Proficient Pilot: When in Rome

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Barry Schiff has written more than 1,500 aviation articles. When working on my instrument rating in 1956, I had to execute instrument approaches using four-course, low-frequency ranges.

Proficient Pilot: Flat-footed flying

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has been a flight instructor since 1956. Last month I administered a flight review to a 165-hour private pilot in a Cessna 172P.

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Proficient Pilot: Schiff's Mailbag

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Barry Schiff has been writing for AOPA Pilot since June 1963. Tom Travis is a retired airline captain and was the fleet manager of the Boeing 747 and Douglas DC-10 for American Airlines.

Proficient Pilot: Attitudes to live by

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Barry Schiff is an aviation writer and avid, active pilot who lives in Southern California. While driving to the airport a few weeks ago, I was listening to Leon Kaplan, a.k.a.

Proficient Pilot: It's about time

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Author Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998. He has flown more than 300 types of aircraft.

Proficient Pilot: How slow can you go?

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Barry Schiff retired as a captain for TWA in 1998. The Aeronca Champ in which I learned to fly had a four-cylinder, 65-horsepower engine that sipped only 3.5 gallons of avgas per hour.

Proficient Pilot: Biting the bullet

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Retired TWA captain and aviation expert Barry Schiff started flying in 1952. When I learned to fly in a galaxy far, far away, an IFR-equipped airplane needed only four flight instruments: an altimeter, an airspeed indicator, a turn-and-bank indicator, and a “whiskey” compass.

Proficient Pilot: The perfect landing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

Author Barry Schiff began writing for AOPA Pilot 45 years ago—his first article was published in June 1963. As I was strolling through one of the display areas at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, in April, someone tapped me on the shoulder.

Proficient Pilot: Time marches on

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Columnist Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998 at the then-FAA-mandated age of 60 years old. The earliest recollection I have of wanting to be older is when I was 14.

Proficient Pilot: Home is where the heart is

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Barry Schiff has logged more than 27,000 flight hours in 300 types of aircraft. I was a 13-year-old kid when I first stepped onto Clover Field, now known as Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

Proficient Pilot: Flying lessons

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Barry Schiff began writing for AOPA Pilot in June 1963. World War II had ended only 13 years and seven months before the first edition of The AOPA Pilot was published 50 years ago this month.

Proficient Pilot: On a dime

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

December’s column discussed how to perform a turn with the shortest possible radius while maintaining altitude (“Proficient Pilot: What, Me Spin?” December 2007 Pilot). A conclusion was that such a minimum-radius turn is achieved by rolling into a 75-degree bank while maintaining maneuvering speed.