Technique

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Technique: Plain Language

Article | Nov 02, 2009

Determining the route to file on an IFR flight plan shouldn’t be difficult. But experienced instrument pilots, instrument students, and even CFIIs can get tripped up on this supposedly pedestrian process.

Technique: Rotten air

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Flags stood straight from their poles, plastered in place by blustery winds. It was a good day to grab Frederick, Maryland, instructor Tom O’Neill and conduct a research flight in search of practical tips to use for battling rough air.

Technique: Emergency winning Performances

Article | Aug 03, 2009

Shortly after this year’s Academy Awards, the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) managers issued some awards of their own. Normally ASRS receives reports of confusion or problems that need to be addressed to improve air traffic control or the national airspace system.

Technique: Instinctive response

Article | Jun 01, 2009

Can a pilot stumble through stalls, botch the balked landing, turn terribly, and still impress a check pilot more than another pilot whose maneuvers are sharp as a tack? Absolutely, and not because the observer can’t tell the difference. The check pilot may grasp that the out-of-practice pilot is rusty, but has superior know-how.

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.