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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.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1997

What do you get when you cross a pilot with an octopus? A pilot with six extra reasons to buy a big, button-festooned watch. We pilots do love our gadgets and accessories.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1997

What pilot hasn't at least secretly fancied himself an airline or charter pilot? "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Captain Jet Pilot speaking to you from the flight deck. [Did we expect he'd be calling us from the lavatory?] Today we'll be flying our Piper Warrior at an altitude of 3,500 feet.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1997

Even more so than pilots, time flies. An AOPA member recently visiting the office asked me how long I had been flying.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1997

Volumes have been written about moving up to higher-performance aircraft. Writers extol the virtues of folding gear, constant-speed propellers, and the allure of burning jet fuel — oh, the roar of thrust reversers reverberating across a quiet ramp; the jet pilot who walks on red carpet, garners "free" ice, and overpays for catering.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1997

A recent peek into the "skunk-works" at Mooney Aircraft gave me renewed appreciation for this manufacturer that has soldiered on through general aviation's doldrums. While other manufacturers abandoned or ignored their piston products or let their finances get out of control, Mooney has quietly kept turning out rugged, top-performing airplanes.

Waypoints

Article | Apr 01, 1997

The return of Cessna Aircraft to the piston aircraft market is undoubtedly the most tangible result of the general aviation statute of repose legislation that was passed in August 1994. As AOPA General Counsel John Yodice points out in this month's "Pilot Counsel" on page 126, it's still too soon to know for sure the long-term effect of the legislation on the industry that it was designed to help.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1997

There are a few places in the United States that every general aviation pilot should visit at least once. Go for the obvious first: the Grand Canyon.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1997

Children seem to surf from one phase of life to another almost monthly. One minute they're infants.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1997

A worst nightmare. That's probably how the Twin Commander demo pilot would describe a recent flight with Editor-at-Large Tom Horne and me.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1996

Read the mail addressed to the editor-in-chief of the world's largest aviation magazine; answer the faxes, E-mails, and telephone calls for a while — you soon develop a unique perspective of this enigma we call general aviation. In the pilot community, opinions are like hangar tales — everyone has one and is quite willing to share it.

Waypoints: Family affair

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1996

The normally enthusiastic student pilot plunks into the recliner. "I can't do it!" she exclaims.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1996

For me, a literal cross-country — from coast to coast — provides about the most satisfaction you can get from flying a light airplane. I've done it twice.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1996

The twilight reluctantly gave up its hold on the late October sunset, leaving the small northwestern Pennsylvania airport in a blackness darker than the deepest coal mine. Every few seconds the sweeping white-and-green beam from the rotating beacon atop the main hangar arced across the ramp.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1996

Wnt to get the attention of someone who puts words on paper for a living? Just suggest that those words might be inaccurate. You will get attention.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

It's Monday, July 29, and your instrument proficiency runs out at midnight on Wednesday, July 31. You've flown more than six hours in instrument conditions over the past six months, but you've done only five approaches.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1996

A quiet little revolution is under way in the avionics industry. As aircraft owners and pilots, we will reap the benefits of this insurrection for years to come.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1996

The magnitude of Bob Overmyer's death didn't really hit me until a few days after I attended his funeral in Houston. It was a Sunday afternoon in late March and I sat alone on a hill in a park, flying a kite.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1996

Our ability these days to access information instantly can be, quite literally, scary. We can now sort, store, and retrieve data so easily that it's easy to lose perspective.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1996

Although AOPA Pilot columnist Mark Twombly and I had lots of things we wanted to discuss over a recent lunch, the conversation quickly turned to flying — what else? At one point, about the time I was splattering marinara sauce on my necktie, he began describing his latest aviation adventure out of his home base at Kansas City Downtown Airport. Without pause, Mark commented that he'd requested and received a clearance through the Kansas City Class B airspace as he headed south to his destination.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1996

I was folding up the Cincinnati sectional and reaching for the Charlotte edition when the generally smooth-running Continental engine in the Beech Bonanza began a slight but persistent rumble. Associate Editor Al Marsh, sitting in the left seat, and I traded deer- in-the-headlights glances and immediately started through the emergency checklist.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1996

Walking the aisles of the local grocery store, I notice other shoppers with glazed looks on their faces. I'm as confused as they are.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1995

After a dozen years of marriage, I can easily tell my wife's mood and demeanor at any particular moment. This day, as we sat side by side in the car dealer's finance office, I knew that the man in front of us wearing the ostentatious diamond ring and polyester pants was about to lose the top of his head if he didn't placate her soon.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1995

The Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is aviation's show of shows; there is nothing quite like it in scope. AOPA Expo, by contrast, is much smaller, but it is often described by exhibitors as the place where many general aviation pilots actually open their wallets and put down money for everything in general aviation — from airplanes to flight training videotapes.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1995

Dale Klapmeier turned the tables by firing a question right back at me. I had been querying him and his brother, Alan, about the Cirrus SR20 prototype I was about to fly.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1995

Piper Aircraft President and CEO Charles M. Suma started off the press conference by bidding a sad farewell to a longtime friend.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1995

One of the best uses of a general aviation airplane is to stretch a short summer weekend into a longer one. The ability to leap vast distances in a fraction of the time it would take to drive the same span gives pilots a whole new set of weekend opportunities compared to those of their ground-bound brethren.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1995

By the time central South Carolina filled the Aerospatiale Tobago's windscreen, we'd already put in half a day's work. With a headwind, some turbulence, and no autopilot, keeping the little airplane on course really was work.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1995

The clearance from Washington Center seemed simple enough: "...cross 10 miles south of Brooke VOR at 13,000." I keyed the mike and acknowledged the clearance while reaching up on the glareshield for the Garmin 90 GPS receiver I had been tinkering with on the 3.5-hour flight back from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. Meanwhile, the pilot in the left seat began twisting knobs and pushing buttons on the panel-mounted nav management system just installed in the twin turboprop at 30 times the cost of the Garmin.

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Article | Apr 01, 1995

General aviation dodged a bullet a few weeks ago — a bullet that would surely have destroyed the industry in parts of California and probably would have ricocheted around the rest of the country. Actually, it's more like a shotgun blast than a bullet.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1995

Six, six, six. The FAA's requirements for instrument currency are pretty straightforward.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1995

As usually happens, the worries of the day seemed to fall away as the Bonanza climbed off the runway. The roily air became an excuse to pull the throttle lever farther and farther back.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1995

Over the years I've taken a couple of dozen friends, relatives, and, in some cases, virtual strangers up for their first airplane rides. It's always a rewarding and often enlightening experience.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1994

If the residents of Palm Springs, California, thought it a strange sight to see some 60 airplanes taxiing and being tugged through the streets of their city, they should have been on the inside looking out. A novel sensation indeed, this motoring down boulevards in winged craft.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1994

A 1,000-nm trip with clear, smooth air and a tailwind — westbound — all the way. Some days the flying gets no better.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1994

If the contamination of thousands of gallons of avgas at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, late last spring weren't so serious, it might be funny — a comedy of happenstance. Indeed, future editions of Webster's could define Murphy's Law as: Chevron fuel contamination, 1994.