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Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2016

A flight is no safer than its pilot

Proficient Pilot: Mayday, mayday, mayday!

Pilot Magazine | Jan 05, 2016

Aircraft accidents are object lessons. Some, of course, teach more than others.

Proficient Pilot: How low do you go?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2015

When I was a pilot for TWA, I spent much time in St. Louis.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Correcting with finesse

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Proficient Pilot: Big Bang theory

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

With deference to Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaître, I have my own version of the Big Bang theory, and it states that big bangs occur in clusters of three. My basis for this is that I had three big bangs during my airline career, and I am grateful not to have had more.

Proficient Pilot: Avionics evolution

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

In the beginning, a flight instructor sat in the front seat of an open-cockpit biplane and communicated with his student in the rear using hand signals and occasionally yelling over wind and engine noise.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

How wind affects your judgment

Up, up, and away

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2015

The second type of airplane in which I had been checked out as a student pilot in 1954 was an 85-horsepower, 1946 Cessna 140 (N76283).

Proficient Pilot: Rules, rules, rules

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

I never thought that I would write a column favoring regulation, but just think where we would be without the legal guidelines that help to protect us from ourselves and each other.

Proficient Pilot: Big trouble

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Like many airports in the United States, many of Israel’s airports are under pressure to close because of escalating real-estate values and urban sprawl that suffocates their boundaries.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

One of the most meaningful and emotional flights of my life occurred on May 23, 1995, 20 years ago this month.

No place to land

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

‘The Twilight Zone’ was a popular television series from 1959 through 1964.

Oops!

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

I was instructing my friend and high-school classmate, Griff Hoerner, in a 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion.

Splash!

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

A topic occasionally visited in this column involves engine failure in single-engine airplanes.

Proficient Pilot: Anatomy of a pilot report

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

When I began writing for AOPA Pilot in 1963, my articles were strictly technical.

Silent night

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

>During a recent gathering of local pilots, some were surprised to learn that I rarely fly cross-country at night in single-engine airplanes.

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

Article | Oct 07, 2014

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

Training your feet

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

A pet peeve of mine that is particularly grating occurs occasionally when I administer flight reviews in single-engine airplanes.

Proficient Pilot: Gotta have a static

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Prior to cleaning the airplane, the static ports had been covered with duct tape to prevent contaminants from entering the static system (a good thing).

Proficient Pilot: Pitot-static pitfalls

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

At some point during a pilot’s training (advanced or otherwise), I might use a piece of said tape to cover either the opening of the pitot tube or one (or both) static sources.

Proficient Pilot: Something for nothing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

One of the most popular cross-country flights from the Los Angeles Basin is, not surprisingly, across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas.

Proficient Pilot: In the thick of it

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Santa Paula and LAX are only 40 miles apart, yet worlds apart procedurally.

Proficient Pilot: Best for the worst

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

Every once in a while, a hangar-flying session involves debating the best and worst types of aircraft to use when ditching (assuming that one had a choice at such a time).

Proficient Pilot: 60 years a member

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Dark clouds had been gathering when AOPA was founded in May 1939. World War II began only four months later when Germany invaded Poland.

Proficient Pilot: Those good old days

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

I sometimes feel sorry for younger pilots who read this column.