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Technique: Keeping current

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Several different ways of starting this article come to mind. For example, "The IPC—can't live with it, can't live without it." The instrument proficiency check is a flight check by an instrument instructor, much like a checkride, that either demonstrates your ability to fly on instruments, or shows your deficiencies and leads to more training.

Technique: Wind warrior

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

You just made the best landing of your flying life. So how come no one's applauding?

Technique: Don’t just shut up...and die

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Recently, I read an article by a pilot who had to cage an engine on a twin--a very real emergency. He was IFR, in weather, and talking with a controller. He advised the controller that he'd shut down an engine and was diverting to a suitable airport. The controller asked whether he was declaring an emergency. The pilot said, "No."

Technique: Pilots are pessimists…and optimists

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Early in training instructors typically - and without warning - pull the throttle back, inform students that they have "lost the engine," and ask the students what they plan to do next. After that, those who go on to obtain pilot certificates constantly have that "what if" question in mind. Pilots are always questioning and preparing for the worst.

Technique: AOA for GA

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Pilots learn the proper definition—AOA is the angle between the chord line of the wing and the relative wind—and answers to questions we’re likely to find on FAA knowledge tests: An airfoil always stalls at the same critical AOA, and an airplane can stall at any airspeed and any attitude. But few light GA aircraft are equipped with instrumentation that can show AOA in real time, so the subject is relegated to academic discussions of aerodynamic theory that seem far removed from the ways we actually fly. Today, however, lightweight, digital, and relatively inexpensive AOA instruments provide pilots of some light piston aircraft the same safety benefits that previously were limited to high-end corporate jets and U.S. Navy and Marine aircraft.

Rally GA: Creating media moguls

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Guy Roginson thinks you should be a media mogul. Don't drop the magazine just yet. Hear him out.

Rally GA: Giving women wings

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

The world’s first licensed female pilot, a French socialite named Raymonde de Laroche, declared in 1910 that flying was ideal for women because it didn’t rely on strength as much as on physical and mental coordination.

Technique: Unconventional Wisdom

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Three events that pilots fear most are a midair collision, an airborne fire, and an engine failure shortly after takeoff while flying a single-engine airplane. The last of these occurs about twice a day.

Help is on the way

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Landmark study reveals ways to enhance the flight trainign experience