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Article | Feb 01, 2010

I have never liked the unrealistic nature of most flight training experiences. Whether training for the instrument rating more than 20 years ago in a Piper Warrior or more recently getting a jet type rating in a multi-million-dollar high-resolution Level D flight simulator, the pace of the flights never felt right or very realistic.


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

The controller at Connecticut’s Hartford-Brainard Airport delivered the clearance like a tsunami: “Meridian Six-One-Zero-One-Golf, cleared to Martin State Airport via direct Hartford, Thumb, Yoder, Calverton, Gedic transition J174, Zizzi to the Waterloo 085-degree radial to V308, Nottingham, direct.” The usual altitude, frequency, and transponder info followed. I actually got that part.


Article | Dec 08, 2009

One of the primary benefits of an electronic ignition system for airplanes is the ability to optimize the firing of the spark plugs based on the ambient conditions, type of fuel being burned, and other variables. In today’s ignition systems, the magnetos are set to fire the spark plugs at only a fixed time in the compression stroke.

Waypoints: 50 before 50

Article | Nov 02, 2009

The newspaper columnist noted with glee in his column that he had finally visited North Dakota, the last stop on his journey to visit all 50 states. With the last state long illusive, he finally just took a trip to North Dakota because he didn’t see how he would ever otherwise get there.

Waypoints: One pilot's influence

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Harrison Ford strode in through his open hangar doors, stopping along the way to introduce himself to the busy crew transforming his hangar into a mini-movie set. “You look familiar.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

For probably the hundredth time, somebody mumbled the lame joke about how someone should do something about all that airplane noise and questioned how we were supposed to get any work done with all the distractions. This time, though, rather than your average gaggle of P–51s, T–28s, or F–16s, the distraction was big—really big.


Article | Aug 03, 2009

Tom Haines flying the Bell JetRanger. “Well, this isn’t so difficult,” I thought to myself as the Bell JetRanger tooled along a few hundred feet above the thinning Nashville suburbs.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines flies his A36 Bonanza from Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK).

Waypoints: Then and now.

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

With 47 knots of headwind on the nose during a recent cross-country flight I had plenty of time to contemplate things learned as the twentieth anniversary of my instrument checkride approached. The checkride occurred on my birthday.

Waypoints: From highway to airway

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines owns and flies (but does not drive) a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.

Waypoints: Lean of peak savings quantified

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines uses his Beechcraft A36 Bonanza for business and pleasure flights. The controversy around lean-of-peak engine operations continues to fascinate me.

Waypoints: The owner-hindered annual inspection

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, hangared in Frederick, Maryland. The regulations are rather clear about what a pilot who is not a certificated maintenance technician can do to maintain and repair his airplane.

Waypoints: Share the power

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Tom Haines uses his Beechcraft A36 Bonanza for business and pleasure flights. What if you had the power to change people’s lives? What if you could help them take their minds off of everyday problems, at least for a little while? What if you could help them to feel a sense of accomplishment and give them a means to live a more fulfilling life, to go places they never imagined? Helping them would cost you very little, maybe nothing.

Waypoints: Will electrons rule your next flight?

Article | Jan 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a 1972 Beechcraft Bonanza with panel gear from four different decades. One of the big issues with updating the electronics in our “legacy” airplanes (that’s PR-speak for “old”) with modern systems is the uncertainty of what you’ll find not just behind the panel but throughout the airplane when you start the installation.

Waypoints: No place for brash

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has flown more than 100 types of aircraft.

Waypoints: The 200-hour challenge

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines recently completed a type rating in the Eclipse 500.

Waypoints: Three-hour circle--tested

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Thomas B. Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36.

Waypoints: The places you can go

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been an aircraft owner for more than a decade and has been involved in the purchase of nearly 20 airplanes.

Waypoints: Saving $4,000 in fuel

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Thirty-one years ago this month I first flew an airplane by myself. Little did I know then that I had launched a lifelong learning journey.

Waypoints: Welcome aboard

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Thomas B. Haines recently celebrated his twentieth anniversary with AOPA Pilot.

Waypoints: Ready for the Eclipse 500?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

When not flipping about in an L-39, Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines flies an A36 Bonanza.

Waypoints: An all-aviation weekend

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines is the captain of a Bonanza A36 based in Frederick, Maryland (FDK).

Waypoints: Ahead of the storm

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines pilots his Beechcraft Bonanza A36 for business and pleasure.

Waypoints: In search of the perfect ride

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines pilots a Bonanza A36 from Frederick, Maryland (FDK).