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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

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

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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Author Barry Schiff has been contributing to AOPA Pilot since June 1963. As the creator and author of "Test Pilot," the quiz that has appeared in AOPA Pilot every month since it debuted in March 1994, I frequently receive requests from readers to develop questions that detail the origins of various aeronautical terms.

Topics Pilots

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Former TWA captain Barry Schiff has been flying for more than 45 years. Last month I wrote about the worsening conditions associated with airline flying.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1998 after a 34-year career with the airline. I have been agonizing over the topic of this column for a few years, not knowing if I should publicly air my personal thoughts.

Topics Pilots

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has been flying for more than 50 years. Several months ago, I needed to rent an airplane in the Seattle area and arranged for a checkout in a Cessna 172S with a flight school at Boeing Field/King County International Airport.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

An aviation expert and regular contributor to AOPA Pilot, Barry Schiff is happy to fly any aircraft, anytime. In a sense, I flew the Cessna 172 a year before Cessna introduced it in 1956.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 300 types of aircraft. The 155 passengers aboard an All Nippon Airways Flight last January probably had no concept of the jeopardy in which they had been placed by the fickle finger of fate while en route from Miyazaki to Itami, Japan.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff hopes to reach his lifetime goal of flying 400 types of aircraft. I established the goal of flying 300 different types of aircraft when I went through my logbooks in 1991 and discovered that my then-recent experience with the LoPresti Swiftfury was number 233 on the list of types that I had flown.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Barry Schiff recently flew his 300th aircraft type and hopes to live long enough to reach 400. Some flying friends and I gathered recently for lunch at the Typhoon restaurant at the Santa Monica airport in California.