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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.

Proficient Pilot: Partial power

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

One of the most common emergency procedures taught to pilots involves coping with an engine failure— a total engine failure.

Proficient Pilot: Flying is for the birds

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

Proficient Pilot: A bum rap

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Like other fields of endeavor, aviation is replete with myths, biases, and half-truths, many of which would be amusing if not taken so seriously and creating such misleading impressions.

Proficient Pilot: A bygone era

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

When I started with TWA in 1964, the 250-knot speed limit below 10,000 feet did not exist.

Proficient pilot: Not a way to go

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

A sad aspect of having a lengthy career in aviation is that the list of people one knows who have perished in aircraft accidents grows longer with the passage of time.