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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Barry Schiff has visited many airports around the world in more than 50 years of flying. General aviation airports are more than places from which pilots can enter the sky and wash their wings in the wind.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

Barry Schiff has visited a lot of airports in more than 50 years of flying. Not long ago I received an e-mail from a young pilot who enjoyed building time by flying to as many different airports as he could.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Barry Schiff has mastered instrument flight using a four-course range, a GPS, and everything in between. In my January column (see "Proficient Pilot: Bigger Isn't Better," January Pilot), I discussed my preference for small airports and intimate, family-run FBOs over busy airports and operators that cater more to business jets than to small piston-powered airplanes.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has been writing for AOPA Pilot for more than 40 years. Every applicant for an instrument rating learns to control an airplane following the failure of two gyroscopic instruments, the attitude and direction indicators.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

Former TWA captain Barry Schiff has been visiting FBOs for more than 50 years. My modus operandi when flying cross-country is to make en route landings at small, out-of-the-way airports.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

Barry Schiff was recently inducted into the National Flight Instructors Hall of Fame. Like most pilots, I am occasionally asked how much flying time I have.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff holds all seven instructor ratings. AOPA inaugurated Project Pilot in 1994.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 flight hours. A group of local flight instructors huddled in the corner of the pilot's lounge at a local flying school.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 flight hours. Armand Jacob, an experimental test pilot at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, gestured for me to climb into the left seat of an Airbus A318 for what was to be my first experience with a fly-by-wire airplane.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 flight hours. FAA records are replete with accidents that result from engine failure.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 flight hours. A few months ago, my friend — let's call him Roger — boarded an airline flight on a business trip to the Northwest.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has flown myriad types of aircraft in his career. It can be a fascinating exercise in frustration to listen to a group of pilots discussing the handling qualities of an airplane because they often do not describe them in a meaningful way.

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Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff regularly practices engine-out procedures. To paraphrase a timeworn adage, "The only thing you can expect from the remaining engine of a light twin (following an engine failure) is that it will take you to the scene of the accident." Such a cynical attitude stems from the poor engine-out performance of many light twins.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff began writing for AOPA Pilot in 1963. The worst thing about celebrating anniversaries and birthdays is that it compels us to confront and concede our mortality.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 275 types of aircraft. When taildragger pilots gather at their local watering hole for post-flight imbibing, they occasionally engage in that ageless debate about whether the wheel landing is superior to the three-point, or vice versa.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

Heat-seeking missiles streak toward the supersonic transport. The captain shuts down the engines (to eliminate the heat), opens a cockpit window (during supersonic flight), and fires a flare into the stratosphere (to distract the missiles). Such absurdity happens only in Hollywood and was featured in The Concorde — Airport '79.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 275 types of aircraft. Many designated pilot examiners say they usually can determine within the first 10 or 15 minutes of a flight whether an applicant will pass or fail a practical test.

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Proficient Pilot

Article | Dec 01, 2002

Barry Schiff has been writing almost as long as he's been flying. He is a retired airline captain for TWA.

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Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

A private and commercial pilot for more than 50 years, Barry Schiff enjoys planning aviation adventures. The controller at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego cleared us for an extraordinary departure.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

Barry Schiff has been flying and instructing for nearly 50 years. He is a retired airline captain for TWA.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

This month's topic is enigmatic. It asks a question for which there may not be an answer.

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Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has been flying and instructing for nearly 50 years. Every once in a while we read about a hapless pilot who hand-props an airplane without someone in the cockpit.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has been flying and teaching for nearly 50 years. A 100-hour private pilot called me last month to express his consternation.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

A flight instructor since 1956, Barry Schiff retired as a captain for TWA in 1998. In a recent magazine article, I read the author's view that many, and perhaps most, pilots with the capability do not execute coupled ILS approaches because they do not trust their autopilots to keep them out of trouble when low and slow.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

Barry Schiff will be inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame on May 3, 2002. In February I discussed here my plans to arrange for a lightplane in Europe and spend the summer of 2003 venting my wanderlust by hopscotching around the continent.