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Wx Watch: Ice bridging redux

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

What timing! Shortly after the December 2008 “Wx Watch” (“Icing Facts and Myths”) came out, the NTSB issued a Safety Alert. The topic: ice bridging, which is a controversial phenomenon that may or may not exist, depending on who’s talking.

Turbine Pilot: New Beginnings

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

The PiperJet represents a new beginning for 71-year-old Piper Aircraft, according to company officials. The single-engine very light jet (VLJ) is Piper’s first turbofan product, and interest in the unusual design has spurred new attention for the entire product line.

Wx Watch: Icing facts and myths

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Most of us have been around enough wintertime bull sessions to have heard some hair-raising stories of icing encounters. You know, landing with full power.

Wx Watch: Winter Rules to Live By

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

What if you were at some desolate airport, and had no access to weather information? Could you concoct at least a rudimentary idea of what the local weather held in store? There are ways of determining the weather in the next eight to 12 hours—under certain circumstances. And no, I’m not talking about using the “weather rock” you saw in that tourist trap at the side of the road, among the ridiculously huge cigars, the commemorative spoons, and the paperweights made of scorpions encased in plastic.

Wx Watch: Fronts on the Move

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Pilots are always looking for easy answers to weather questions, most of which relate to determining forecast conditions. Unfortunately, the terms “easy” and “forecasting” seldom go together.

Never Again: Bonanza icing encounter

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

It was a beautiful October day with nice weather forecast throughout California. I planned on flying my Beechcraft A36 Bonanza from Bakersfield to Reno, Nevada, to attend a veterinary conference.

Airframe and Powerplant: Count On It

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

A float carburetor is a simple, yet extremely effective and reliable device that automatically meters fuel at the proper ratios for existing flight conditions. The carburetor that metered fuel for the Wright brothers’ historic 1903 flight consisted of nothing more than a tube that dripped fuel from the small, quart-and-a-half tank attached to one wing strut into a shallow chamber next to the cylinders, where it mixed with incoming air.

Turbine Pilot: 850 Plus 1000

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

First Look: G1000 Training for the TBM850 What It Looks Like Routings: Severe Propeller Icing EADS Socata’s TBM turboprop singles have undergone a series of improvements since the airplane’s introduction in 1989, but none as dramatic as the latest. With the introduction of Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics, flight display, and control system, today’s TBM850s promise lower pilot workload, better situational awareness, and an optimized flight control system.

Wx Watch: IFR Onslaught

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Last December, the weather in the Pacific Northwest made big headlines. There were four cycles of two-day-long stretches of low IFR weather between December 2 and December 11.

Wx Watch: Icing Escape Clauses

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

Here’s hoping it never happens to you, but let’s look at some of the emergency measures you can take should you ever become caught in icing conditions. We’re assuming that you’ve made all the necessary preflight checks to prevent an icing encounter in the first place, received encouraging updates through Flight Watch or (if so equipped) your satellite weather provider, and made your “go” decision based on a conviction that icing conditions won’t be a factor.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton K. Marsh would jump at the chance to own a $300,000 to $400,000 airplane, but given the need to pay the mortgage, it isn't on his to-do list.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Ice Crisis

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

More pireps needed The AOPA Air Safety Foundation and the FAA General Aviation Safety Committee (ASF is a participant along with a number of industry and association members) have established a program to expand the number of pilot reports during periods of inclement weather. This winter, the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center, several area Tracons, Flight Service, and the National Weather Service will all cooperate in an experiment to solicit pireps during periods when icing and/or low ceilings/visibility are forecast.

Wx Watch: Six for the Road

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

With winter weather now gearing up to deal us its best punches, it's time to gear up our risk awareness for the season, and think hard about our strategies for safe flying. Obviously, it all starts with a thorough preflight weather briefing.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Exploring propeller deicing options "The propellers are most important, and if I could have either wing deicers or propeller deicers, I'd take the propellers. If they are doing their job efficiently, you can pull a lot of ice-covered airplane around the sky." — Robert N.

A Waco for Miss Johnston

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Connie Johnston's father was very good at finding gold and zinc; that's why her childhood was spent on a luxurious estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. The family fortune eventually allowed "Miss Johnston," as Waco factory supervisors referred to her, to buy an extravagant airplane in the middle of the Great Depression and live the life of an adventuress in search of social status.

Flying Seasons

Article | Jun 01, 2007

Gearing up for thunderstorm season Let there be no doubt: Thunderstorms inspire fear in all pilots, high time or neophyte. And for good reason.

Wx Watch: Internet Icing Upgrades

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Just in time for icing season, the Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) Web site has come up with a brand-new means for determining the probability and severity of an icing encounter. The new tool is called the Current Icing Product (CIP), and it can be found under the Icing tab on the ADDS home page.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Changes in Congress change user-fee picture Washington will look very different in January. For the first time since 1994, the Democrats will control the House of Representatives.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Learning from the stats Lectures and texts on the dangers of icing are certainly edifying, but nothing beats a look at the accident record to make a more visceral impression. It's one thing to discuss icing from a theoretical standpoint, but quite another to contemplate the wreckage.

Wx Watch: Icing, the Win a Six, and Expo

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

As I write this, I'm stuck in Birmingham, Alabama, trying to fly AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Piper Cherokee Six back to its home base at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. The lowering ceilings and freezing temperatures attending last night's ILS approach into Birmingham foreshadowed today's troubles.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

What looks pretty from the air can be a problem when you land This article launches a 13-part series highlighting the types of accidents that occur in a particular season of the year. Each month we'll look at a primary accident cause, examine the reasons for the accidents, and provide tips and advice on how to avoid those accidents.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

New AOPA member discount The cost of aircraft renters insurance has just been reduced for AOPA members, thanks to the efforts of AOPA and the AOPA Insurance Agency. "AOPA members will now receive a 5-percent discount on new renters insurance policies," says Greg Sterling, the insurance agency's executive vice president and general manager.

Wx Watch: Common-Sense Separation

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Does compliance with the federal aviation regulations VFR cloud separation rules guarantee safe flying? If you stick to the letter of the law, the answer is an emphatic "no way!" In dynamic weather conditions, especially when terrain and/or obstacles are factors, strict adherence to the words in FAR 91.155 ("Basic VFR Weather Minimums") can put you in deep, deep trouble. And for instrument-rated pilots, the same can be said of FAR Part 91.175 — where the rules for taking off and landing under instrument flight rules (IFR) are published.

Wx Watch: Ice Surprises

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

We all do the best we can when it comes to preparing for winter flying weather, right? We check with flight service, check Internet sources of weather information, and double-check any mention of icing airmets or sigmets. (Forecasts or reports of "run of the mill" clear, rime, or mixed icing conditions will generate an airmet.