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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.

Proficient Pilot: Confessions of a co-pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

Most who read this page know that I flew for Trans World Airlines (TWA) for 34 years. I was a captain for only 30 years.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Aviation veteran Barry Schiff writes from southern California. Some years ago I discovered with dismay that, oops, my flight review was going to expire in two days.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

Aviation writer Barry Schiff lives in Los Angeles, California. It has been 13 months since New York Yankee hurler Cory Lidle and his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, inadvertently flew their Cirrus Design SR20 into a Manhattan high-rise.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Author Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998 after a 34-year career. He has flown more than 300 types of aircraft.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Aviation author Barry Schiff wrote two novels with his best friend, news anchor Hal Fishman. There is more to the joy of flying than manipulating controls and communing with nature.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

In 1956, author Barry Schiff was working his way through college as a flight instructor. At a recent pilot meeting at Castle Airport near Merced, California, a local instrument instructor lamented that airspace and traffic issues frequently prevented him from having his students practice back-course and other instrument approach procedures.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Aviation writer Barry Schiff lives in Southern California. Earlier this year I was invited by The Ventura County (California) Chapter of the Ninety-Nines to teach a three-hour class about mountain flying to local pilots.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

Aviation writer Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998. Considering the proliferation of very light jets being introduced, there are going to be many pilots flying jet airplanes for the first time, and some have asked me what it is like to fly a jet.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Aviation writer Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998. When I was hired by Trans World Airlines in 1964, the airline's Jack Frye Training Center occupied all eight stories of an old brick building at 1307 Baltimore Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Californian Barry Schiff is a former TWA captain. He flies out of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Aviation writer Barry Schiff is a former captain for TWA. The worst turbulence I ever experienced while flying a jetliner occurred during the early 1970s near Newfoundland in clear air at 39,000 feet on a flight from Rome to New York.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998 after more than 30 years with the airline. Last month's column was a discussion of the differences between stalling a lightly loaded airplane with a forward center of gravity and one that is heavily loaded with an aft CG (see "Proficient Pilot: CG at the Aft Limit," January Pilot).

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Barry Schiff has been teaching flight for more than 40 years. A local flight instructor called me on the landline last month.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff is the author of several books, fiction and nonfiction. One of the strangest and most inexplicable events of my flying career occurred on Christmas morning in 1960.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Aviation writer Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998. Last year a British Airways Boeing 747-400 departed Los Angeles International Airport, experienced an engine fire almost immediately after liftoff, and continued on its merry way to England on three engines instead of four (see "Proficient Pilot: Obligated to Land," June 2005 Pilot).

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Barry Schiff flew as a TWA captain for 34 years. He retired in 1998.

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Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Aviation writer Barry Schiff flies from Santa Monica Airport in California. At a recent gathering of pilots, I was asked about my all-time favorite general aviation flight.