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Safety Pilot: Watch that basket

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

One of the challenges pilots face in powered flight is what to do when the flight becomes unpowered. Clyde Cessna noted nearly a century ago that, “If the engine stops for any reason, you are due to tumble, and that’s all there is to it!” 

Distracting distractions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

The NTSB looks at the annual carnage that occurs in all modes of transport to determine its top 10 list of things not to do.

Safety Pilot: Trust but verify

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The quote, “First, do no harm”—often attributed, erroneously, to the Hippocratic Oath—does have application to aircraft mechanics.

Safety Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

In flying, loss of control (LOC) might lead to the ultimate calamity—the loss of life.

ATC angels

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

Let’s face it, pilots sometimes find themselves in real “aw, shucks” situations. Despite superior skill, judgment, ingenuity, good looks, or enthusiasm, things just aren’t working out.

High flight

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Accidents involving pressurized aircraft and total pilot incapacitation are rare.

Safety Pilot: Mad dogs and Englishmen

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Late in life, I became an aircraft owner after flying other people’s airplanes for more than 40 years.

22 years of retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

Safety Pilot: Improving GA safety

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s way too early to declare victory in the decades-long struggles to improve general aviation safety, but 2013 was very good in one segment: a drop in non-commercial fixed-wing fatal accidents.