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Technique: Windy Day Departures

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Wow, it’s windy this morning. Definitely a hold-onto-your-hat kind of day.

Technique: Am I a good pilot?

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

It afflicts each of us. Every pilot who has pushed a throttle forward for takeoff has, at one time or another, wakened in the chill of the pre-dawn hours nurturing that very private uncertainty: “Am I a good pilot or do I just think I am?” Some pilots are incapable of the necessary introspection and self-evaluation required for the answer; some deal with it by deciding not to care, too often proving their disregard by creating the most foolish of impacts with the earth; and the majority of us are willing to pursue the question and want to find a working definition as to what a good pilot is so that we might enter that most exclusive of human fraternities.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Remembering Pilgrim Airlines Flight 203 My memory of Pilgrim Airlines Flight 203 resurfaced recently after a report about an unfortunate pilot who ditched and drowned near the shoreline of Lake Michigan after running out of fuel. The Pilgrim Airlines Twin Otter ditched into Long Island Sound just five miles short of the Groton-New London, Connecticut, airport on February 10, 1970.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Emergency landing strategies Some lessons we are taught, or teach, often lead to new ones being learned. For instance, when practicing a simulated engine failure as a student pilot, we often do so from a number of different altitudes, from a low-level failure with little time to deal with the problem to a cruise altitude failure with loads of time to troubleshoot and try to restart the engine before committing to an emergency landing, possibly off the airport.

Bragging Rights

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

While sitting in a hotel recently, I was getting my logbook caught up to date, and I had reached the end of the page. While I was totaling up the numbers, I realized that I had made my 5,000th landing — 5,003rd to be exact.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

The step-by-step solution to emergencies So you are flying along, smooth operator that you are, when all of a sudden something goes wrong. That "something" could be anything: oil on the windscreen, smoke from the engine compartment, a violent shaking that is making the airframe sound as though you are inside of a washing machine full of tennis shoes.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

More thoughts on engine failures after takeoff The response made me feel much better: You get it, or at least you got it after reading about it in these pages. What's this to "get"? The response — the push — you need to condition yourself to make if you experience an engine failure immediately after takeoff in a light airplane.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

Standard techniques for nonstandard runway conditions We had pilot reports from the day before, and the weather had been dry for several days. But with a backcountry air-strip you never know.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

It's the visibility that counts From the time we learn to fly, we learn some basic weather rules. As a student, much is made of cloud clearance requirements and the minimum visibility required in given airspace.

AOPA Pilot - Technique

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

A compass, a clock, and a sectional chart "Meanwhile, Pancho Barnes was following the pilot's friend, the iron compass — railroad tracks. The pilots all agreed that they were never lost, simply momentarily disoriented." — The Powder Puff Derby of 1929 by Gene Nora Jessen Once, during my youth, I flew a 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Soldotna, Alaska.