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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.

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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.

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Article | Dec 01, 2005

Capt. Barry Schiff retired from TWA in 1999.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Aviation writer Barry Schiff is based in Los Angeles. On September 22, JetBlue Flight 292 departed Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, destined for New York City.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff writes from Southern California. It used to be that transitioning from one airplane to another required only becoming familiar with the "new" airplane's systems, performance, and handling characteristics.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff has flown around the world 14 times in his 53 years of flying. Over the years I have written much about what I loved about airline flying.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Longtime pilot and former airline captain Barry Schiff flies out of Santa Monica, California. I usually plan a long cross-country flight by first laying a yardstick on either a global- or a jet-navigation chart to connect the beginning and end points of my proposed journey.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has flown 296 different types of aircraft. When most people hear about a world premiere in Hollywood, they conjure an image of glamorous movie stars bedecked in tuxedos and evening gowns strutting before television cameras and paparazzi.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

As of this month, Barry Schiff has been writing for AOPA Pilot for 42 years. Last February, British Airways Flight 268, a Boeing 747-400, departed Los Angeles International Airport for London, England.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Barry Schiff is a retired airline captain for TWA. Approaching the west coast of Ireland, our flight engineer gives us the latest Paris weather: "Ceiling's still zero, Skipper; visibility's holding 300 feet." We learn about the need to shoot a Category IIIb ILS approach at Paris after a night Atlantic crossing.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Pilot and journalist Barry Schiff has been flying for more than 50 years. My first instrument instructor told me that once I learned to shoot an ILS approach at home, I would be able to do the same everywhere else in the world.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Pilot and journalist Barry Schiff is an outspoken advocate for general aviation. Boat owners often claim that two of their happiest days are when they buy their boat and when they sell it.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Noted aviation writer Barry Schiff flew for TWA for 34 years. Above the wet, lumpy cumulus, we sail on silken air beneath a canopy dotted with distant diamonds.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Retired TWA Capt. Barry Schiff flew around the world once a month when he was with the airline's international division.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff holds five speed records — one captured from the Soviet Union. The world is smaller for pilots than other people make it out to be.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Aviation writer and retired airline Capt. Barry Schiff has witnessed much of general aviation history firsthand.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Barry Schiff is the author of the book Test Pilot: 1,001 Things You Thought You Knew About Aviation. There are very few pilots who have not heard the warning, "When flying from high to low, look out below." This ditty is intended to remind us that when flying from relatively high to relatively low atmospheric pressure, actual altitude decreases even while maintaining a constant indicated altitude.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Captain Barry Schiff retired from Trans World Airlines in 1998 after a 34-year career. The road through life presents a fascinating series of forks, turns, and twists that often takes us to unlikely and unpredictable destinations.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has flown 290 types of aircraft, 10 short of his 300-type goal. Once in a while I am asked what aircraft I most enjoy flying.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Retired airline captain Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 275 types of aircraft. I recently read a letter from an instrument flight instructor to the editor of an aviation publication that really got my attention.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff is the coauthor of two aviation-related novels. The 1954 motion picture The High and the Mighty has become an aviation cult film for a number of reasons.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.