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Wx Watch: Icing Intensities

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2009

Let’s get something out of the way right up front: Avoid icing conditions if at all possible, and escape them immediately should you encounter icing. It’s as simple as that.

Wx Watch: Eyes on the sky

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In a lonely, one-story, concrete building some five miles from the Kansas City International Airport, a group of 40 Aviation Weather Center (AWC) meteorologists toil around the clock. Their job: create the weather forecasts, advisories, warnings, and graphics that flight service specialists and the pilot community rely upon for sound preflight information.

Nice when there's ice

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

The outside air temperature was near freezing—but the Cirrus SR22’s wings glistened as though they were sweating in a sauna. Seconds after hitting the “max” button on the 2009 model “X edition” SR22 equipped for flight into known icing (FIKI) conditions, the windshield, wings, and tail were bathed in clear TKS fluid that streaked aft in the 170-knot slipstream.

Wx Watch: Greeting the G-Airmet

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

The Aviation Digital Data Service’s Web site has been called the go-to Web site for one-stop aviation weather shopping. The variety of products covers all the bases, and the site’s cutting-edge products (such as the current and forecast icing products) make for a wealth of first-class preflight planning aids.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

NASCAR drivers fly, too It seems that all racers and pilots enjoy the freedom of flight and speed (“NASCAR Drivers Fly, Too,” March AOPA Pilot). I think that these professional drivers can be an outstanding influence on general aviation and a great resource.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

John S. Yodice has served as legal counselor to AOPA since 1963.

Proficient Pilot: Waiting for the go

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Barry Schiff has held five world aviation speed records, one taken from the USSR. Our new Piper Aztec lifted off from John F.

Turbine Pilot Cessna Caravan: Sky Truck

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

With some 1,800 airplanes delivered since its debut in 1985, Cessna’s Caravan ranks as an icon among utilitarian singles. It’s a massive Pratt & Whitney-powered 675-shp turboprop that stands tall on the ramp, has a maximum payload of some 3,000 pounds, a huge unpressurized cabin, and yet behaves surprisingly like a Cessna Skyhawk.

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.