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Ocean Hops With ETOPS

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1997

In 1936, airline flights were not allowed to fly along any route (over water or land) unless suitable airports were available at no more than 100-mile intervals. This limitation eventually evolved into Federal Aviation Regulation 121.161, which prohibits operating an airline flight along any route that is more than one hour (in still air at normal cruising speed with one engine inoperative) from a suitable airport unless the airplane has at least four piston engines or three turbine engines.

Four-Course Radio Ranges

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1997

To those who have been flying long enough, the GPS revolution of the 1990s is reminiscent of the VOR revolution of the 1950s. This is when "omniranges" began to replace obsolescent four-course radio ranges, which had been the backbone of the federal airway system since the late 1920s.

Nasty Attitudes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1997

Friends didn't say, "See ya later" when I left for inverted flat spin training in Chandler, Arizona. They said, simply, "Goodbye." The editor sensed a liability problem and emphasized that this was not an official assignment.

Group Loop

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1997

An isolated thunderstorm and thick haze hang around the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Pennsylvania — signs that the weather is changing for the worse. This won't do.

Surviving Com Failure

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1997

Senior prom night was nearly over, and Dad had promised a special treat: a flight to Atlantic City. Five dressed-up kids in a six-passenger twin, and just enough fuel to be legal and safe, brought the aircraft right up to maximum gross weight.

Technique

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1997

Managing missing-mill mayhem With all the benefits multi-engine flying has to offer, there is one major caveat — what happens when an engine quits? To a quick-thinking, well-trained pilot flying an airplane within its limits, probably nothing. To a complacent pilot flying an overloaded twin, possibly disaster.

Flying the Bag

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1997

The collective weirdness of the day's flying experience finally catches up with me when things slow down and, then, quite literally stop. At first I smile and then start to laugh.

The Front of the Line

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1996

For all of recorded history, man has envied and aspired to emulate the birds. The closest he has come is to soar among them on the quiet wings of a sailplane.

Shock Therapy

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1996

Piston aircraft engines lead hard lives. Unlike an automotive engine that loafs along, producing some five percent of its total horsepower at highway speeds, the aircraft engine spends most of its life generating more than 65 percent of its rated power.

Terminal Tools

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1996

"Memphis International information Golf; time one-seven-zero-five Zulu. Weather: five thousand broken, visibility eight miles.

Spelling Relief

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1996

People complain about my lack of — endurance. Oh, sure, they know that I can force my chubby frame to waddle some seven to 10 miles in running shoes even when no one's chasing me.

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The Hot and Cold of It

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1995

Of all the old wives' tales and conflicting reports that pilots hear about how to operate their airplanes, one common bit of advice prevails — a thorough preheat can go a long way to protect engine and instruments from damage and premature replacement. Consider your engine the morning after a night in subzero temperatures.

Pilot Technique

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1995

Help fight wide patternitis Ever start to turn a left base at an uncontrolled airport and see another aircraft barreling in from the right on a base of its own? Unknown to you, the offending pilot had been lurking out there all along, flying a downwind leg that was two miles or more from the airport. Or have you followed an aircraft on downwind that passes abeam the approach end, then travels a mile or more before turning base? All of the trailing aircraft are forced to follow along on this mini-cross-country flight.

Seaplane School

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1995

Float flying in gator land This is Day One of a three-day floatplane course taught by Florida Seaplanes of Sanford, Florida, located halfway between Orlando and Daytona. The checkride is scheduled in three days, but right now I am more worried about falling into Lake Monroe.

Mountain Flying

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1995

Welcome to Idaho — land of pilots A moose on the runway and a herd of elk on the approach end require a clearing pass before landing on Runway 25 of the United States Forestry Service's (USFS) Chamberlain airstrip. The gray and white Cessna 182 continues to roll to the very end of the rougher-than-a-cob 3,000-foot turf strip.

The Tailwheel Transition

Article | Apr 01, 1995

Tips for getting it on the ground Training for the tailwheel logbook signoff is, in business lingo, cost- effective for the nosewheel pilot. No other training provides as much skill for the buck.

Winter Wonderland

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1995

The icemen flyeth As the icy winter weather tightens its grip on the northern part of the United States, many pilots are tempted to close their hangars and retreat indoors until spring. Bone-chilling arctic winds whip through metal hangars, frost and icicles coat airplanes that are kept outside, and flight operations are often complicated by bitterly cold temperatures, harsh winter storm systems, and snow or ice-covered runways.

Hot Stick

Article | Feb 01, 1995

Here I sit, all strapped in, alone and afraid. Actors call it opening night jitters.

Night Refresher

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1994

Starry night, scary night Gremlin — A small gnome held to be responsible for malfunction of equipment especially in aircraft. — Webster's Dictionary October brings more than frosty weather and Halloween: The clock falls back an hour in most states, producing instant night for pilots accustomed to late summer evening flights.

Flying GPS Approaches

Article | Jun 01, 1994

A new aviation era began February 17, the day the Federal Aviation Administration declared the Global Positioning System operational and granted technical standard order approval to the Garmin 155 GPS receiver. The decree came with little fanfare, yet it will affect how we fly for decades to come.

Go Around

Article | Oct 01, 1993

Nobody likes to contemplate a botched approach, a go-around because of traffic, or a missed approach because of weather or lousy flying. It doesn't happen often, either, so we don't think about it a lot and seldom practice the act.

Take It Off

Article | Aug 01, 1993

The takeoff may be one of the easier maneuvers to learn, but it is also one that poses the greatest risk. The options are fewer on takeoff than in most other phases of flight.

Book Versus Reality

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1993

We are learning a lot about our fleet of airplanes as it ages. It is aging rapidly, too.

Basic Instruments

Article | Jul 01, 1992

Flying along, watching the Stormscope and radar and adjusting the heading to try to minimize the challenges of the day, I thought for a minute about how nice it is to have so much information on weather. As my mind wandered, so did the heading — about 10 degrees.

VFR Brushup

Article | Jul 01, 1990

Every pilot needs VFR recurrent training. In fact, pilots who profess to fly IFR "all the time" are as much or more in need of a good VFR workout as pilots who don't fly a lot, but who do all their flying VFR.