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Proficiency: Hover like a hawk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Slow flight is an essential skill for pilots to understand and master, but practicing it can be a drag (literally and figuratively).

Whooping cranes take flight...sometimes

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Halloween has long-since passed, but you’d have no clue if you were looking at the Operation Migration crew. Dressed in long, white costumes with hoods that cover their faces, the group aims to trick their charge — a group of eight whooping crane chicks — from recognizing the human form as they teach them the migration route from Wisconsin to Florida behind ultralight airplanes. The cranes were raised in Maryland before being brought to Wisconsin and trained to follow the plane as a surrogate parent. They left the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area and began their migration journey on Oct. 2. As of mid-November, the cranes were in Illinois, having traveled about 200 miles in 41 days. To see their current location, go to the Operation Migration blog, In the Field, or click on either of their two cams: http://www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes or http://www.ustream.tv/flyingcranes.

FAA issues final rule on air carrier pilot training

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2013

The FAA has published a final rule that stresses basic pilot skills and better tracking of remedial training for crewmembers to avoid "events that, although rare, are often catastrophic," such as the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Fly like a fighter: Tackle snarling crosswinds

Fly like a fighter | Nov 04, 2013

Variable gusting winds can force a runway change on short notice. Pilots should be prepared to switch runways even on short final, as retired Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown recounts from his training at the Air Force Academy.

Dogfight: The E6B computer

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

This month, we welcome esteemed aviation writer Barry Schiff into the ring. He and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debate the merits of one of aviation's finest inventions--the E6B computer.

Wx Watch: A slow-moving IMC-maker

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

I was taking an intensive flight training course earlier this year, and it ended up being a real workout. By this I mean instrument weather for much of the nine hours I flew during the weeklong course.

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered

Article | May 30, 2013

As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the NTSB said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders.

Safety Pilot: Low-impact aerobatics: The Swiss way

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Learning about unusual attitudes—not the pilot’s but the aircraft’s—is an excellent skill and need not be painful. It’s good experience since most of us work hard to avoid them.

Apps aid flight planning process

Article | Apr 16, 2013

You can’t fly anywhere without proper flight planning. Smartphone and tablet apps have simplified the process, covering everything from flight calculators to wind computers.