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Unusual attitude training

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

You’re going to learn two things in this article, and both are upsetting.

P&E Technique: Tipping point

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

I bear on my forearman enduring reminder of the fallibilities of three-wheel vehicles.

Technique: Rust off

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

What do you get when you combine a low-time pilot who can’t afford to fly all that often with complicated airspace that is new to him?

Technique: What to do if you’re upside down

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Airshow star and aerobatic instructor Greg Koontz will gladly give you his one-flight upset training course if you insist, but he knows you probably won’t remember it a year later.

Technique: Engine-out landings at night

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Legal and possibly insurance issues remain from the following two incidents, so the pilots were asked to avoid those and just share lessons learned.

Technique: Autobrain

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The manual for Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot installed in a Cessna Nav III-equipped airplane is 35 pages.

Technique: Riding the wave

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Some years back while flying over the Appalachians, I heard a pilot on the frequency commenting to air traffic control that she thought her airspeed indicator was malfunctioning since it was wandering up and down by 20 knots.

Technique: All the way to the chocks

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The windsock indicated a direct and very strong crosswind as the clipped-wing J–3 Cub touched down on the runway. The pilot, Jimmy Gist, was doing a masterful job of putting the feather-light airplane down on its main wheels and tracking the centerline despite the stiff winter wind.

Technique: The third wheel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

For such a tiny part of the airplane, the third wheel of a taildragger has a vicious bite if it's not treated with proper respect. "You can't get lazy in a tailwheel," instructor Ron Rapp explained early in 5G Aviation's tailwheel endorsement training program at Southern California's John Wayne Airport-Orange County.

Technique: Mischief with a purpose

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

One of the best tools for transforming a tentative student to a tiger is a simple roll of toilet paper.

Technique: Nose up, unload, roll!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

A roll is the first aerobatic maneuver an aerobatic student learns, and it should be a confidence booster as well as a clean break from the past.

Technique: Learning to loop

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

At first glance, the loop looks like the simplest of all aerobatic maneuvers, but it’s really one of the more complex and involves much more than going fast and hauling back on the stick. The key to flying a loop properly is knowing where to look, and—hint!—it’s not just straight ahead.

Technique: Lunchtime currency

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Something you can do in 30 minutes

Technique: My worst landing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Pilots tell stories they'd rather forget.

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.