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YouTube accident pilot: ‘I was going to abort’

IFR Fix | Aug 10, 2012

The June 30 crash of a Stinson 108-3 in Stanley, Idaho, has been viewed--from an inside-the-cockpit perspective--a million times since one of the passengers posted video on Aug. 4. Pilot Les Gropp, who suffered a broken jaw (his passengers walked away), said a gust of wind lifted him into the air as he was about to abort the ill-fated takeoff.

Safety Pilot: Alpha (again)

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

We talk about stalls and slow flight, discuss angle of attack (alpha), attempt to diagram it comprehensively, and yet every year dozens of pilots fail the real-world test and crash as a result of not "getting" it. There have been hundreds of articles, numerous books, and tons of training on the topic. Time to try something different?

IFR Fix: Sorry, no METARs

Article | Jul 20, 2012

For two pilots planning to fly a flamenco artist to a performance in the mountainous Rangeley, Maine, area, the flight time would be brief, but possibly, far from routine, particularly with few weather services in the area.

High-flying pilots press on with Colorado mountain show

Article | Jun 27, 2012

The air is thin over Breckenridge, Colo. Above 10,000 feet msl, Gary Rower's 450-horsepower Stearman will put out less than half its available horsepower. But Rower is preparing to take his act to new heights July 4, with performances billed as "The Highest Show on Earth."

'Racing Aces' win Air Race Classic

Article | Jun 25, 2012

Two Texas pilots who go by the name of the Racing Aces won the 2012 Air Race Classic. Fifty-five teams participated in the all-women's air race that has been an aviation tradition since 1929, when the event was known as the First Women's Air Derby.