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Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

There are two basic kinds of flight instructors. The first comprise the majority, those who instruct by rote, the do-as-I-demonstrate types.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

Several years ago I wrote about my desire to fly as many different types of aircraft as possible. My initial goal was to reach 300.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

In 1927, the Ford Motor Company used the first of its Tri-Motors to fly auto parts between Chicago and Dearborn, Michigan. This is when a young Ford engineer, Eugene Donovan, developed and patented the “four-course, loop-type, low-frequency radio range,” the first radio aid to air navigation.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

My last international flight for TWA was in 1998 and involved navigating across large chunks of ocean by following a magenta line on a moving-map display from coast-out to coast-in. It was little different than the way we now use GPS, a matter of flying direct from one waypoint to the next.

Proficient Pilot: 3 in 1

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

I marvel at how newspaper columnists develop ideas for numerous columns every month while I have such difficulty coming up with just one. So it was this month as I scrounged through my file of scribbled notes intended to remind me of possible column ideas.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

I have celebrated 71 years on Earth, including 27,000 hours above it. Spending the equivalent of three years in a cockpit nurtures a perspective that gives one the right to reflect on events aeronautical with some credibility.

Proficient Pilot

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.

Topics Pilots

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.

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.

Topics Weather

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.

Proficient Pilot

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

Proficient Pilot

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.