Wind and Gusts

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Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Aviation journalist Mark R. Twombly writes from South Florida.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines uses his Beechcraft Bonanza for personal and business flights.

Wx Watch: Squall-Line Lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

It's challenging enough to cope with "garden variety" thunderstorms, what with all the extra preflight weather research and in-flight monitoring that safe flying demands in the convective season. To all that, factor in other brands of convective activity that require as much, or more, vigilance (see "Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Midlevel Mayhem," page 66).

Wind, Weather, and Passengers

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

In flying, much is made of personal limitations. This is especially true of low-time pilots and newly certificated instrument pilots with regard to flying solo in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

Wx Watch: Windwise

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

I once did a study of general aviation weather accidents for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. It had many goals, but one objective was determining which weather phenomenon caused the most accidents.

Never Again Online: Yes, overconfidence!

Article | Oct 01, 2004

As I remember, it was a Friday afternoon in early October when I looked skyward over Van Nuys Airport in California. Weekends were open since my wife and son were still back East, busy selling our home on Long Island, New York.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

The Great Airplane Bank Robbery This is in response to "The Great Airplane Bank Robbery" article in your August issue. I have been telling that story to people for 35 years and have encountered some who knew of Bugs and his escapades.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Editor in chief Thomas B. Haines enjoys the challenge of instrument flying but would rather watch thunderstorms from his front porch than from the cockpit.

The Flap About Flaps

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

As Shakespeare didn't say, "To flap or partial flap, that is the question." Flap usage becomes a matter of experience and, therefore, personal opinion. That may be why, over the years, pilots of single-engine airplanes have hotly debated the issue.

Near misses with boomers

Article | May 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, Air Safety Foundation executive director, has spent years studying Thor's handiwork. It's thunderstorm season once again and throughout the magazine you will see plenty of references to why messing around in the big clouds is a bad idea (see "Wx Watch: Storm Season Insights," page 123).

Never Again Online: Gravity waves: A pilot's perspective

Article | Apr 01, 2004

As pilots, we know quite a bit about many things. For instance, while we are not mechanics, we understand our aircraft's systems.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Meeting March head-on The pilot who can meet the winds of March (or any other time of year, for that matter) with some planning will be the pilot who flies with confidence come what may, says Jim Knight, AOPA senior aviation technical specialist. "Pilots typically hibernate during the winter months unless they're in Florida or California, someplace nice all year round," says Knight.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

I awoke that cold and blustery February morning anticipating my upcoming flight in an airplane in which I had just been checked out. Only a few months earlier I had earned my private pilot certificate in a Piper Warrior.

Wx Watch: The Wright Weather

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

"Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone average speed through air thirty-one miles longest 57 second inform press home Christmas Orville Wright." This famous century-old telegram from the Wright brothers to their father in Dayton may have been the world's first informal METAR. Right up front, where it ranks in importance, Orville emphasizes the wind's role in the historic first flights.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

"Brainard Tower, this is Grumman Tiger Two-Eight-Eight-Five-Seven, 11 miles southwest, inbound with Alpha." (Information Alpha at Hartford, Connecticut's Hartford-Brainard Airport was reporting winds at 240 degrees and 10 to 15 knots, traffic using Runway 20.) Not too bad, I thought to myself, a slight crab at the onset maybe, and then a little right aileron with left rudder. "Grumman Tiger Two-Eight-Eight-Five-Seven, report entering a downwind for Runway 20," the controller said.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Retired TWA captain Barry Schiff holds all seven instructor ratings. AOPA inaugurated Project Pilot in 1994.

Hanging Around

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

I'll never fly again without an altimeter. Late last summer my wife and the in-laws and I rented a house on North Carolina's Outer Banks for a week.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has made the trip to Oshkosh more than a dozen times in every manner of airplane.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

100 years of airplane engine progress Charlie Taylor built the first engine for the Wright Flyer when the Wright brothers were unable to buy an engine that fit their needs. It took him six weeks and was quite an endeavor.

Flying Final

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

"Good approaches make good landings." You've heard this adage many times in your flying life. And it's true: If you're all set up on the final approach leg of the pattern, the job of gracefully touching down is much, much easier.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

Winning the landing contest "Nice landing," Jeff said, nodding his head appreciatively. The parking checklist was complete and passengers were streaming off the Boeing 737-800 series aircraft at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Mark R. Twombly co-owns a Piper Twin Comanche that is sometimes based in Florida.

Never Again Online: The most exciting day

Article | Mar 01, 2003

The most exciting day of my life was nearly my last. Total engine failure in the clouds over mountainous terrain in a piston single probably ranks right up near the top of the general aviation pilot's worst-nightmare list.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has landed on everything from skis to skids in his flying career.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

PS Engineering PXE7300 It's safe to say that when they began PS Engineering in 1985, Eric Persson and Mark Scheuer (the P and S in the company name) had no idea of the evolution that aircraft audio would undergo. Almost two decades ago, the company launched the "sorely needed" Aerocom intercom, according to Scheuer, and it takes another leap forward with its combined AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, the PXE7300.