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Waypoints: Morning flight

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

When I pulled the Piper Super Cub’s throttle control to idle I had one of those, “Oh, yeah,” moments as I reacquainted myself with seaplane flying.

Waypoints: Can we tech?

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

Technology has a way of sneaking up on us. Something new shows up. We adapt and use it. Life goes on. But when you look back over even a relatively short period of time, the change is astounding.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Transitioning from one type to another builds skills

On level ground

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2015

Thinking of the three As of general aviation, Airports is the one that shines the brightest.

Waypoints: Polishing the fleet

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The enormous number of airplanes manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s continues to serve us well, even all these decades later.

Waypoints: Not one thing can be done

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

News Flash: The general aviation pilot population is in decline.


Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

In talking with Cessna Caravan owners about how they use their airplanes (see “Winnebago on the Water,” page 84), I was reminded of the importance of friendship and camaraderie in aviation.

Russ is my co-pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

One might assume that two pilots onboard are better than one, but many of us have seen examples where two heads are not necessarily better than one.

Not so alone

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Slogging through the murk fearing a two-degree temperature drop may lead to an icing encounter, darkness setting in, facing a low approach at an unfamiliar airport with terrain around.

Automation: A balanced approach

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

The debate about the proper role of automation in the cockpit probably started the day that Sperry Corporation developed the first autopilot in 1912.

Waypoints: Flying versus the Kardashians

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Recent headlines noting gasoline prices dipping below $3 a gallon have caused many pilots to wonder why avgas prices—which stubbornly remain above $6 a gallon in many locations.

Collect your reward

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

The rewarding return to formation flying reminded me how important it is to continually challenge ourselves to expand our aviation horizons, both to increase proficiency and to increase aviation’s value equation.

High hopes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

The headline on the press release caught my eye for two reasons: “Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft.”

Waypoints: New again

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

By the time you read this, some lucky pilot will be contemplating a future flying our Debonair Sweepstakes airplane, the twentieth such sweepstakes airplane we have delivered to a member since 1993.

Waypoints: Get out of jail free

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

ASRS is a partnership between the FAA and NASA whereby pilots, controllers, flight attendants, mechanics, ground personnel, and just about anyone who has anything to do with aviation safety can report a safety situation without fear of retribution.

Waypoints: Thanks for the service

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The controller’s request seems odd: Asking an airliner to hold over the Orange County, Virginia, airport.

Waypoints: First Flight reflection

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Time seems to stand still and we can reflect on how far aviation has come in such a short time.

Waypoints: Traffic dead ahead?

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

The callout jolted me from a zone of concentration while intercepting a radial off of the Westminster, Maryland, VOR. “Traffic. 12 o’clock. Same altitude. One mile,” came the loud voice in the headset.

Waypoints: Bring it on

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Messy, this learning to fly business. I was 15 years old and completely lost and overwhelmed by ground school.

Waypoints: Before the magenta line

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

An important anniversary passed in mid-February without fanfare.

Waypoints: Learned along the way

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

One of the opportunities that comes with being the editor in chief of the world’s largest aviation magazine is the chance to fly with some really smart and experienced pilots.

Waypoints: Toward an unleaded fuel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Shell Aviation’s December announcement that it is entering an unleaded avgas for FAA testing was perhaps the biggest general aviation news of 2013.

Waypoints: Last day to fly

Pilot Magazine | Dec 18, 2013

Today there’s a pilot flying his Piper Super Cub low over a farm field, enjoying the view.

Waypoints: A blank, but not ageless canvas

Pilot Magazine | Nov 21, 2013

To those of you who bought new airplanes this year, thank you!

Waypoints: Coming to terms

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It’s a simple Sunday afternoon flight on a very VFR day, and yet I feel anxious and uncertain.