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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.

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.

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.

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.

Rocky Mountain Low

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

I was the new guy flying for a charter company based out of Teterboro, New Jersey. I had just 70.7 hours of jet time, and the ink was barely dry on my Challenger type rating.

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.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

One of the first things most newly certificated pilots want to do is take a friend, loved one, or co-worker for an airplane ride. Such a flight, well flown, can have the magical effect of inspiring another new aviator to pursue the flight-training track.

Wx Watch: A Fright-Free Fall

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Weather educators are forever scaring us with doomsday scenarios, and at times I've been one of them. But let's keep things in perspective.

Wx Watch: Datalink Lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Datalink weather has changed cockpit decision making in ways no one could have envisioned a few short years ago. Where before we struggled along in instrument or marginal VFR weather conditions, full of doubt, and unable to make educated tactical weather decisions, now we have a flood of data.

Wx Watch: Convection Countdown

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

When it comes to a pilot's primal fears, an inadvertent thunderstorm penetration must certainly rank at the top of the list. That's why we need to develop a comprehensive thunderstorm forecasting and tracking strategy.