Technique

Technique

Fly like a fighter

Fly like a fighter: 'GPS direct'

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown explains one circumstance where it may be a good idea to fly a longer route rather than filing and flying GPS direct.

Feb 08, 2016 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'Maintain VFR'

With clouds close above and a populated marina below, a pilot departing VFR in expectation of receiving an IFR clearance found only disappointment, not vectors.

Feb 03, 2016

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Training Tip: When it's your bad

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

Feb 02, 2016
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Aerobatics

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New faces in Red Bull races

A French aerobatic champion is among three new pilots gearing up for Red Bull Air Race action in 2016, making history as she flies.

Jan 13, 2016

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Holland ‘top of the world’

Rob Holland remains the undisputed master of the four-minute freestyle. The reigning world champion in that event, Holland once again took on the best pilots in the world at the FAI World Air Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the result was a familiar one.

Dec 08, 2015 | comments

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‘Fly aerobatics’

There is much to gain when a pilot hones skills for aerobatic competition.

Oct 21, 2015 | comments
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IFR

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'Maintain VFR'

With clouds close above and a populated marina below, a pilot departing VFR in expectation of receiving an IFR clearance found only disappointment, not vectors.

Feb 03, 2016

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'What should I have done?'

After experiencing an alternator failure in instrument conditions, the pilot and his flight instructor could receive but not transmit, but the transponder still worked. What should the pilot and CFI do?

Dec 29, 2015

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Building time, squeezed for space

If you are one to seek approach procedures that challenge your workload-management abilities, the ILS or LOC/DME RWY 35 approach to Colorado’s Greeley-Weld County Airport offers a test.

Dec 14, 2015
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Takeoffs and Landings

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Training Tip: When it's your bad

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

Feb 02, 2016

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PilotWorkshops releases 'Real World VFR'

Find a remote island airport at night, land at Boston’s Logan International Airport in a Cessna 172, fly the Hudson River VFR Corridor, encounter VFR flight into instrument conditions, and more in PilotWorkshops’ “Real World VFR” video program released Nov. 25.

Nov 25, 2015

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Pilot Getaways: Earn a floatplane rating vintage style

If you’ve never flown a Piper J-3 Cub (or if it’s just been a while), you can try your hand at the stick while earning your seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in quiet central Florida.

Nov 09, 2015
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Mountain Flying

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Pilot Getaways: Killington, Vermont

Surrounded by one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Killington, Vermont, is a destination for all ages.

Dec 07, 2015

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Idaho's Big Creek Lodge taking shape

Seven years after a fire leveled Idaho’s historic Big Creek Lodge, the structure is rising from ashes with the help of pilots, donations, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Oct 21, 2015

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California wildfires look 'like a war zone'

Western wildfires ignited blazes in six states, triggering multiple firefighting TFRs as crews continue to battle a pair of massive California fires.

Sep 17, 2015 | comments
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