Technique

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Technique: Seeking your own level

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Where do you go—high or low—when picking an altitude for flight? The right altitude may seem obvious at first glance. But you may gather information and find yourself torn between factors that tell you to go high and others that say to fly lower.

Technique: Vital function

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

It sounds like the easiest pilot gig on the planet. Climb aboard and watch for traffic while the other pilot logs time flying under simulated instrument conditions.

Technique: Back to basics

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Routine is always best Every aircraft, from the supersonic stealthy sled to the general aviation family flier, starts its aviation day by taxiing. Proficient pilots fly their aircraft from engine startup until engine shutdown.

Technique: The preflight

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Avgas trucks never use a single-point refueling nozzle. As you sip your coffee in the pilot lounge looking through the window at your airplane, it seems like a fuel truck that has a second hose outfitted with a single-point nozzle just pulled away from your airplane.

Technique: City Lights

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Nearing the end of a 10-hour flight in 1994 from Frederick, Maryland, to Wellington, Kansas, I could see the destination had to change. The goal was Wellington to take an AOPA sweepstakes aircraft, the “Better than New 172,” in for its engine work.

Technique: Missed Approach Musings

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Those of us who are instrument rated and current practice missed approach procedures on a regular basis—in VFR weather. But a real-world missed approach in below-minimums weather is something altogether different.

Technique: On Final, on the Gauges

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

While it may be true that passengers judge a pilot’s competence by the quality of their landings, we know better. When it comes to precise flying, excellent judgment and staying ahead of the airplane, nothing is a better test of competence than flying an instrument approach.

Short Matters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

There’s an island in the French West Indies where the jetsetters play, but you can’t land a jet there. It’s called Saint Barthélemy —St.

Technique: The Accidental Stall

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

The Piper Cherokee 140 was airborne, but it wasn’t happy. In ground effect all had seemed normal; symptoms only began appearing when the aircraft tried to climb.

Technique: Star Performance

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Whether you’ve logged a lot of actual instrument time, are a rusty instrument pilot, or have a newly issued instrument rating, a review of safe IFR procedures is never out of style. That’s especially true when you’re nearing your destination.