Technique

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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

Landing Insights: From the Trenches

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

According to my logbook, I've just completed my 4,600th landing. Looking back on them, only a few fall into the "difficult" column and that’s the way it should be.

Technique: Quick tips for the G1000

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Garmin and King Schools officials have provided some tips to simplify the operation of the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. They are arranged here in the order that you would use them on a typical flight.

Technique: Cheap speed

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Sometimes pilots want to maximize speed and don’t care how much fuel they burn (think Reno racers). Other flights require slowing down for max range (think P–38s over the Pacific).

Technique: Sit back and relax, it’s going to be a nice flight

Article | Nov 01, 2010

The red light comes on. “Uh, oh, why is that on?” I ask no one in particular.

Technique: Tackling the tower

Article | Oct 01, 2010

A Cessna 172 pilot, disoriented at an unfamiliar airport at night, receives a taxi clearance he didn’t anticipate and winds up on an active runway. The pilot of an airliner lands at a complicated airport with multiple runways.

Top of the world

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Flying the Rockies, the top of the world, can be one of the most sublime experiences in general aviation…when it is done correctly. Done incorrectly, it can be deadly.

Technique: Advice that sticks

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

What’s the best advice you ever heard—advice that you use on every flight? For me, it’s two tips I read years ago, and both are about making better landings. They are both from author Ron Fowler in his book, Making Perfect Landings.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

General 1. The classic de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver is a large, single-engine, high-wing bush plane made in Canada.

Technique: When Abnormal turns ugly

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

It’s ironic that when practicing emergency procedures we can sometimes set ourselves up to create the very problems we’re trying to avoid. “Don’t let a simulated emergency turn into the real thing,” flight instructors are told, and that’s great advice.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

General: 1. What is the Cessna 305? 2.

Technique: Helping other pilots

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

We’ve all been there. The sun is still well below the horizon, you are planning to take off around dawn, and you’re digesting the weather briefing you just received.

Technique: Running on empty

Article | Mar 01, 2010

We’ve all heard the maxim—“The only time there’s too much fuel in an airplane is when it’s on fire.” That’s not entirely true, of course, but carrying an insufficient amount of fuel, or not being able to get it to the engine(s), has been a frustratingly persistent cause of aircraft accidents for generations. About 200 GA accidents in the past five years were attributed to pilots running out of fuel, according to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.