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Rotorcraft Rookie: Time to go somewhere

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 30, 2014

Try a cross-country with only a compass and map for navigation, mental math calculations instead of using an E6B, and hitting checkpoints every five miles.

Training Tip: ALNOT

Article | Jan 27, 2014

In an emergency, time is critical. Taking all measures to mobilize search-and-rescue, and maximizing system effectiveness by providing high-quality information, is your best hedge.

Coast to coast for animal rescue

Article | Jan 27, 2014

A New York pilot's first animal rescue flight took him coast to coast and became a mission to deliver one dog to a new home.

Piper Malibu

Article | Jan 16, 2014

If you want to fly high and fast, Plus One Flyers based at four airports near San Diego California, has the airplane for you – the Piper Malibu.

Air Race Classic accepting entries for 2014 event

Article | Jan 02, 2014

The Air Race Classic began accepting entries for the June event on Jan. 2.

Never Again: Scud running

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The year was 1949. I was a young Air Force aviation cadet with a little more than 200 flying hours, all of which had been in the North American T–6 aircraft.

Training Tip: A windy debate

Article | Dec 20, 2013

“Go ahead and ask” is a pretty simple formula, yet many pilots hesitate. Others pass up available opportunities to use the most favorable runway.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Fixing airplane habits

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 12, 2013

One of the key challenges for airplane pilots transitioning to helicopters is unlearning airplane habits.

Fly like a fighter: Radio silence

Fly like a fighter | Dec 03, 2013

Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.

Question of the week: Part 135 job

Article | Nov 29, 2013

Question: An air carrier that operates airplanes under 14 CFR Part 135 has shown interest in hiring me. The job is mine as long as I meet the Part 135 requirements for pilot in command under IFR. If I have 1,100 hours of total flight time, have I met the requirements?

IFR Fix: The weather window

IFR Fix | Nov 29, 2013

The slower-than-expected movement of the weather system was a good break today, but what does it mean for tomorrow’s return trip back toward the weather?

Flight Training Apps releases 'Private Pilot—Ground Portion'

Article | Nov 26, 2013

Flight Training Apps lets you be a fly on the wall during the ground portion of a private pilot checkride.

Training Tip: 40 degrees of separation

Article | Nov 22, 2013

Heed the published warnings about airport hazards and hotspots.

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

Veteran airline captain and GA legend Barry Schiff enters the paper versus electronic chart debate with Senior Editor Dave Hirschman.

Room enough for all

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When we start flying, many of us dream of the day when we can load up the entire family—including the dog, all the luggage we desire, and plenty of fuel for a memorable cross-country trip.

Pilot Briefing: Tuskegee Airman mentors a young pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

If 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike had run into any trouble flying the Cessna 172 from Los Angeles to Newport News, Virginia, and back—the youngest African-American pilot to make the trip—she carried along the perfect instructor pilot in the seat behind her.

Training Tip: The limiting angle

Article | Oct 25, 2013

Returning to the ramp after a lunch break, you behold a vacant tiedown spot where your trainer had been parked!