Short and Soft Field

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License to Learn: Slow town

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

“After aligning the airplane with the runway centerline, the final flap setting should be completed; in the absence of the manufacturer’s recommended airspeed, a speed equal to 1.3 VS0 should be used.”

Burning Man airport appears, disappears without a trace

Article | Sep 10, 2015

Black Rock City Municipal Airport springs from a dry Nevada lake bed each year for a week of exuberant partying that culminates in the fiery destruction of massive wooden art structures.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

Training Tip: Axis control

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Many think of pitch control simply as maintaining level flight with a constant power setting. But there is much more to it than that.

Quick Look: Challenger 604

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

In 1995, Bombardier certified the Challenger 604, which began deliveries as 1996 models.

Training Tip: A short refresher

Article | Mar 30, 2015

What’s your definition of a short field? Your answer might weigh factors including your skill level, aircraft performance, the airport environment, weather, and more.

Never Again: The perfect weekend kickoff

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

At 550 feet I was still focused on the runway and yaw control when the wheels left the ground. A quick glance at oil pressure and then airspeed—no airspeed! Yet the airplane was surging upward and accelerating forward.

Under fire

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A small corps of pilots patrols protected land in Kenya, facing an increasing threat from poachers as inclined to shoot aircraft as elephants.