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Turbine Pilot

Article | Oct 01, 1996

Solid and stately, the PC XII expands its capabilities and market share Two years ago, the Pilatus PC XII quietly sauntered into the turbine single market, then summarily took down its closest competitor — Socata's TBM 700. Now, the PC XII fleet is up to some 53 airplanes; the TBM 700's total sales have stagnated at the 120 mark.

Airflow Control

Article | Oct 01, 1995

When a bird approaches to land, it spreads its feathers and changes the shape of its wings, which is not unlike what a pilot does to an airplane before landing. But instead of rearranging feathers, the human pilot extends a set of flaps.

Safety Corner

Article | Oct 01, 1978

Reducing the sting While the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board search out ways to eliminate a recurring aviation killer, indications are that pilot education remains the best way to reduce the frequency of stall/spin accidents. Just how such information is transferred to the pilot is apparently a point of contention.

Are 'Singles' Safer Than 'Twins'?

Article | Oct 01, 1973

Some few years after the Brothers Wright did their notable thing at Kitty Hawk, somebody took a notion to hang an extra engine on an airplane-the idea being, presumably, that, among other supposed advantages, if one engine should quit, the other would see you safely to the nearest airport or facsimile thereof. History may be a bit vague as to just who deserves credit for this notion, but time has done the idea itself proud.