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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been flying for more than 20 years.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2001

Thomas B. Haines has served as editor in chief of AOPA Pilot since 1994.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Tom Haines has been flying for more than 20 years. September 11, 2001 — This evening, after a day of watching endless news accounts about the airliners plowing into the World Trade Center towers, plunging into the Pentagon, and crashing short of a target in rural Pennsylvania, I step out the front door for a break and some fresh air.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2001

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been covering the general aviation industry for 15 years.

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Article | Sep 01, 2001

Thomas B. Haines has served as editor in chief of AOPA Pilot since 1994.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2001

Editor in Chief Tom Haines has been flying for personal and business reasons for more than 20 years. The small town where we live traditionally celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks show on July 3.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2001

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines soloed at age 16 and earned his private pilot certificate at age 17.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2001

Editor in chief Thomas B. Haines has been flying various Stormscope-equipped airplanes for 15 years.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2001

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been covering the general aviation industry for 15 years.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2001

Thomas B. Haines has served as editor in chief of AOPA Pilot since 1994.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

My Super Bowl Sunday literally went to the dogs. The plan was to veg out in front of the tube to watch the local favorite Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Giants.

Topics GPS, Avionics

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

Thank you, old girl. Today, you took me everywhere and nowhere, and I am a better pilot for it.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2001

Several recent "Waypoints" have drawn unusually high levels of reader responses. A number of readers commented on last month's column titled "On Private Wings," where I compared the joys of flying yourself to the travails of modern airline travel.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2000

When plodding along into double-digit headwinds, or when overseeing a mechanic who has his hands wedged deep into the cowling on a busy ramp, many a general aviation pilot has been heard to quip: "Time to spare? Go by air!" It's true that our chosen form of transportation isn't always as efficient as we'd like it to be. Yes, we enjoy crowing about groundspeeds two or three times faster than the groundpounders stuck in traffic, but door-to-door our GA speeds can sometimes be less than competitive with the airlines and automobiles.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2000

A couple of keystrokes on the Garmin 530 GPS/map/com loaded the ILS approach to Runway 23 at Frederick, Maryland. The unit quickly drew the approach on its large color screen, showing my leg to the Frederick VOR in magenta and the rest of the approach—including the procedure turn and the holding pattern, if I needed it—in white.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

Certainly the pneumatic system is one of the simplest systems on an airplane. Whether yours is a vacuum system or a pressure system, as many Beech airplanes employ, there's nothing involved except moving air.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

Most pilots associate the worst and most fearful flying weather with the winter months. Normally, I would agree, but this spring and summer seem to be an exception.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Five thousand dollars. The U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

The Florida buildups tossed our little craft like the proverbial cork in the ocean. It was day three of a round-robin business trip I had planned for the east coast of the Sunshine State.

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Article | Jun 01, 2000

There’s something fraternal about aviation—in a unisex kind of way. I’m not usually one to go out of my way to talk to strangers, but if the person behind me in line at the supermarket is wearing a Cessna or Piper baseball cap, you can bet that I’m going to inquire about his or her flying status.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2000

Few things in life are universal, and one of the first things you learn in Writing 101 at journalism school is to be careful when using definitives, such as always and never. So, Dr.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2000

Six months," I told myself as the list of squawks on my kneeboard grew and grew. "You knew going into the deal that it would be six months before you'd have the airplane into the mechanical shape you want it in," I reminded myself.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2000

A recent epiphany of sorts reinforced once again something I already knew, but something we all need reminding of occasionally: Flying—piloting an airplane where you want, when you want—is an experience unlike any other and one that no other earthly experience can supplant or replace. This explains why those with enough wealth to buy and do about anything they want often choose to become pilots.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2000

In the days leading up to January 1, 2000, the world became evermore concerned about the Y2K bug. With almost morbid curiosity, we all waited in anticipation, wondering whether those billions spent on ferreting out the insidious computer bug would prevent disaster or whether the whole thing was a scam dreamed up by self-proclaimed Y2K consultants.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

Ask a pilot what it takes to safely fly an airplane, and he’ll probably square up his shoulders and smugly reply: "A competent pilot." True, but in reality, there’s a whole infrastructure behind the scenes that allows the pilot to safely fly the aircraft from point A to point B. One of the most often overlooked portions of the aviation infrastructure is the A&P mechanic, or, using today’s preferred parlance, the aviation maintenance technician.

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Article | Dec 01, 1999

Here in the Information Age, hardly a day goes by that we're not introduced to some new way to access — or be overrun by — data. Certainly in aviation, the way in which we preflight, fly, train, and even buy aircraft is dramatically different than it was just a few years ago.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

From the smallest tube-and-fabric knockabout to the biggest business jet, general aviation is a highly diverse and often high-profile industry — but it is also a small industry. Everyone knows everyone else, and it seems as if every person you meet has worked for every other person.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1999

Unrelenting rain from the remnants of Hurricane Dennis pummeled the top of the Skyhawk's wings. I anxiously opened the pilot's side door and then hesitantly put my hand on the seat: Dry! Whew.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1999

Few words from a flight service briefer gain the attention of a pilot faster than convective sigmet. When those were the very first words from the briefer, I knew it was going to be a most interesting weather day — and I would be at 8,000 or 10,000 feet dealing with it while the briefer finished his shift comfortably behind his computer console.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1999

The envelope seemed innocuous enough. The enclosed invitation to my high school class reunion, though, stirred up decades of memories.

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Article | Jul 01, 1999

"Plan the flight and fly the plan." It's one of those throwaway lines that you hear pilots tossing about — sort of like saying upon landing, "Cheated death again" or "Another triumph for aviation." The trouble with the first one is that it suggests that the preflight planning you did has significant relevance once you are in the air. In reality, your preflight planning might better be called takeoff planning.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1999

Godbless the FAA. If we didn't have that federal bureaucracy to kick around, we'd have to invent one for the comic relief, if nothing more.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1999

It was 22 years ago this month that I first walked into a flight school as a prospective flight student. I had completed the ground school a few months earlier, shuttled to and from those seemingly endless night classes by my parents.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1999

Bernie Coleman's impromptu lecture on the importance of customer service and competition in the marketplace warms an aircraft owner's heart. As president and CEO of Superior Air Parts, Incorporated, Coleman preaches passionately about the need for improvements in piston engine parts and his desire to offer his products with an if-it-breaks-we'll-fix-it-at-no-charge warranty.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

Ahhh, it's springtime. The days are getting longer, flowers are budding, the birds and bees are doing their thing, and a man's and woman's minds turn to — vacation planning.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

One of the most common questions that we receive as a result of pilot reports in AOPA Pilot is: "Why do new airplanes have so little payload?" Similarly, readers often complain that on few aircraft can you fill the seats and the fuel tanks and not be over the maximum gross weight. It's true that aircraft designs gain weight over time as new equipment, snazzy interiors, and accessories are added.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1999

"Tasks" on my electronic scheduler turn from black to red when the item's due date passes. In case Bill Gates is reading, I don't really like the term task.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1998

Over the next couple of years you will hear a lot about the first century of flight. Historians will look back over the 100 years since the Wright brothers first coaxed the Flyer into controlled powered flight at 10:35 a.m.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1998

Wouldn't it be great to have the perfect airplane for every mission always at the ready? Need to fly across the continent today? Jump in the Cessna Citation X or the Raytheon Hawker 800XP. Tokyo calling? The Gulfstream V is ready to go.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1998

The breeze kicks up as I feed in the throttle. Soon the wind is stinging my eyes, despite the sunglasses.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1998

Altitude is your friend in more ways than one. There are critical moments in flight when you'd give about anything to have back a little more altitude.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1998

So there you are, sitting at a highway intersection waiting to pull out. The car approaching the intersection is at that critical distance — do you pull out or wait? You're a pilot (we are conservative in our safety decisions); you decide to wait.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1998

The plan was simple enough: Get home. We had all day to do it if necessary — complete flexibility.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1998

On this late March Monday morning, the sun shines brightly through a widely scattered layer of stratocumulus clouds. Mother Nature has finally checked the calendar and realized that it's spring — temperatures are warming up after a couple of weeks of unseasonably cool weather here on the East Coast.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1998

A winter afternoon's sun cast long shadows across the ramp as I walked out of the FBO. The limp windsock seemed to promise a smooth landing to every pilot in the busy traffic pattern.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1998

This issue of AOPA Pilot marks 40 years since AOPA embarked on a brave new mission to offer members their very own monthly magazine. As Editor at Large Tom Horne writes in "Look Who's Forty" (see page 68), prior to March 1958, AOPA members received Flying magazine with a special "AOPA Section" included in it.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1998

Perhaps I am naively optimistic, but it seems to me that the doomsdayers are never right. Certain scientists, economists, and futurists take great pleasure in and make entire careers of forecasting doom and gloom for every facet of our lives.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1998

From a few notes scrawled by a cautious air mail pilot in the early 1930s has grown an international company that we know today simply as Jeppesen. When Elrey Jeppesen first began jotting down tidbits about the hostile Rocky Mountain terrain for reference in bad weather, he surely could not have imagined that he would found such an influential company.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1997

We are awash in numbers: power and altimeter settings, flight time, accident statistics, number of aircraft produced, wind correction angles. As pilots, we can spout off a series of numbers to satisfy any question — approach speed is 1.3 X VSO; standard ILS minimums are 200 feet and a half mile; 29.92 inches of mercury and 59 degrees Fahrenheit are standard conditions at sea level.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1997

As you have regularly read in this magazine over the past year, AOPA was instrumental in fostering a new nonprofit industry organization called General Aviation Team 2000. More than 100 aviation companies and organizations have signed on as founding members of the effort.