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Fly like a fighter: Double trouble

Fly like a fighter | Jan 06, 2015

During a two-ship F-15 training sortie, one Air Force pilot experienced a complete radio failure in his jet while the other experienced a failure in one of his jet's hydraulic systems. Find out how they made it back to base, and how you can prepare for similar emergencies.

Fly like a fighter: Smoke in the cockpit

Fly like a fighter | Dec 08, 2014

Passing 3,000 feet and only 9 miles from the field, smoke started coming out from between the seats of the T-37 the Air Force student was flying with an instructor pilot.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

Test your aviation knowledge

Controlling the situation

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

How ATC worked together in the aftermath of the Chicago Center fire

Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

Article | Nov 21, 2014

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

IFR Fix: 'My first ever runway incursion'

IFR Fix | Nov 10, 2014

You have your clearance, have made the “go” decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error?

P&E/Proficiency: Alaskan adventure

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Dwayne King, the founder of the Christian nonprofit Kingdom Air Corps who has decades of experience flying in northern Alaska and eastern Russia, specializes in training missionary pilots how to fly safely in remote areas over unforgiving terrain.

Fly Outs: Bettles Airport

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

After flying for hours over the remote mountains and tundra in the Alaskan Brooks Range, few places are as welcoming as Bettles Airport (PABT).

'ATC Zero': Inside the Chicago Center fire

Article | Nov 06, 2014

Without warning, radar scopes went dark and radio frequencies fell silent. In the basement of Chicago Center early Sept. 26, investigators say a contract employee destroyed the communications network, forcing an “ATC Zero” situation. Controllers from Chicago and around the nation banded together to overcome the act of destruction.

Listen to your ‘Spidey sense’

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Will declaring an emergency get you in trouble? AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President George Perry urges pilots not to worry about paperwork and to listen to their “Spidey sense.”