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Never Again: Hawaiian surprise

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Taking off from the island of Molokai for our return flight to the island of Oahu we climbed into a rare, 400-foot overcast. I turned my Beechcraft Travel Air to the west and climbed steeply in solid IMC to cross the VOR in the West Molokai Mountains.

Safety Pilot:

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Do the current FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) measure what’s needed in today’s flight environment? I have a standing wager that no one has yet taken: If all pilots merely flew to the current private pilot PTS just as they are written today, the number of accidents would plummet—no need for further “tinkering.” See if you agree.

Never Again: Post-maintenance surprise

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

It was a nice Texas early fall day in 1992. I had received my private pilot certificate the previous year and had about 75 hours as pilot in command.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

Florida governor signs long-awaited use-tax exemption into law Florida is once again officially open for business for the many out-of-state aircraft owners seeking to visit the state for fly-ins such as Sun ’n Fun, for aircraft repairs, flight training, or just for pleasure. Gov.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: I think we’re alone now

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

It is often the flimsiest circumstances that bring two aircraft together. This non-fatal mishap is not the usual VFR-into-IMC, descent-below- minimums, midair collision, thunderstorm, or icing-related accident, but rather a series of relatively common events that by themselves meant little.

Avionics: AV8OR Ace

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Following on the success of last year’s versatile, touch-screen AV8OR, Bendix/King’s first handheld GPS offering in nearly a decade, the company has followed up with a far larger and more capable AV8OR ACE. The ACE is based on the same software as the original, but its larger hardware platform and additional features make it much more than just an upgrade.

Never Again Online: Seeing Sparks

Article | Feb 01, 2010

My journey was nearing an uneventful conclusion—or so I thought. Jacksonville Center handed me off to Orlando Approach and I dialed in and activated the new frequency. I keyed the mike and reported my altitude and receipt of ATIS. Then, just as the controller acknowledged my transmission and began to provide my next clearance, the cockpit suddenly went dark...


Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Ian Twombly did a great job explaining what routes to file, and I was glad to see him mention the implications of the flight plan—assigned, vectored, expected, or filed—in the lost comm scenario (“Technique: Plain Language,” November 2009 AOPA Pilot). One small point he missed about filing direct is the requirement to avoid restricted or prohibited airspace by three nm.

Crazy for Canada

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

“This is not a tour, it’s a rally!” declares Aviation Connection’s International Air Rally President Catherine Tobenas in a sharp French accent. “Not a holiday, but a challenge, for true fliers!” The petite Canadian is addressing a group of weary yet exhilarated participants who have formed a close-knit family since coming together from all over the world to fly the great Cross-Canada Air Rally.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

AOPA, EAA formalize collaborative efforts With the letters “EAA” emblazoned by a skywriter across a crisp blue Wisconsin sky, the presidents of the world’s two largest aviation associations signed a memorandum of understanding that harnesses the power of the two organizations to bring about improvements to general aviation. Under the agreement, EAA and AOPA pledged to support each other’s efforts to promote, protect, and expand the general aviation community.