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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.