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President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

After about three weeks of nonstop travel, I found myself in Billings, Montana, with a friend's Aviat Husky A–1B and a very experienced backcountry pilot, Jeanne MacPherson.

Sandia introduces new transponder

Article | May 25, 2012

Looking for a full-featured transponder in a small package? Sandia Aerospace's newly certified STX 165 fits that bill. At fewer than 2 pounds, and only 3.5 by 1.75 by 7 inches, it can fit into almost any panel.

Fly like a fighter: Weird wind

Fly like a fighter | May 07, 2012

An aircraft cleared for takeoff took a little longer on the takeoff roll, but after becoming airborne, it climbed to 30 feet agl and leveled off slightly. Then it stayed at 30 feet agl, passing the departure end of the runway and continuing at that low altitude for at least another half mile.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

Last December I mentioned that some airplanes, especially Beech Bonanzas, threaten to enter an over-the-top spin when stalled with full power and flaps extended. This is why, I continued, Beech does not suggest using flaps for takeoff.

Britain's Brawny Beagle

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Why show up in an ordinary Cadillac when you could have brought a classic Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud limo? That's the sort of analogy that would describe taxiing up to the ramp in the rare Beagle B206, compared to any other light twin. The Beagle is radically different enough to swing the heads of even casual ramp lurkers.

Fly like a Fighter: To go or not to go?

Fly like a fighter | Feb 27, 2012

Who aborts an F-15 during takeoff because of a lack of thrust? Retired Air Force F-15 pilot Larry Brown shares why he should have aborted a takeoff in which he used 6,000 feet of an 8,000-foot runway to get airborne.

Fly-Outs: Big Bear City Airport

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Big Bear City Airport (L35) is the gateway to year-round activities. Located in a wide valley ringed by the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear City Airport is a hop, skip, and a long climb away from the Los Angeles Basin and its surroundings.

Gentleman’s Choice: Cessna Conquest I

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Cessna's Conquest I is one of the easiest transitions to turbine power for any multiengine, instrument-rated pilot. The airplane is born of the 400-series line of twin Cessnas, known for its easygoing flight manners, comfortable cabin, and generous baggage bins. It is an ideal turboprop for an individual or small company with the need to transport as many as six passengers at 250 knots as far as 800 nm.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

How a hot air balloon looks from above and photographed from a Piper Super Cub. A hobby becomes a sideline Dave Tunge is, at age 66, moving into the “do what I want to do” portion of his life.