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Technique: All the way to the chocks

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The windsock indicated a direct and very strong crosswind as the clipped-wing J–3 Cub touched down on the runway. The pilot, Jimmy Gist, was doing a masterful job of putting the feather-light airplane down on its main wheels and tracking the centerline despite the stiff winter wind.

Technique: The third wheel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

For such a tiny part of the airplane, the third wheel of a taildragger has a vicious bite if it's not treated with proper respect. "You can't get lazy in a tailwheel," instructor Ron Rapp explained early in 5G Aviation's tailwheel endorsement training program at Southern California's John Wayne Airport-Orange County.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

The Bowman Eagles was formed 10 years ago for one purpose--to have tailwheel aircraft available to fly.

Club Spotlight: Flabob Aero Club

Article | Feb 13, 2013

The club’s 1946 J-3 Cub The Flabob Aero Club has been operating for about three years and grown quickly with more than 100 members. Its relationship with the non-profit Wathen Center provides extremely low costs, and the club operates an interesting mix of aircraft.

Time in type

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

As six gloved hands pull six mixture controls to idle cutoff, the rumble of six idling Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engines gives way to a metallic tink, tink, tink as the Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers spin to a stop. Seven pilots (two in the lead airplane) simultaneously open their canopies, take off their helmets, dismount, and position the propellers so their blades are horizontal.

Don't let the ground loop get you

Article | Jan 17, 2013

The sense of being powerless in an aircraft is terrifying. Pilots are trained to control the airplane and correct dangerous situations that arise. But in this developed, low-speed ground loop demonstration, I'm powerless. Applying full right rudder during the uncontrolled left turn yields no results. Brakes are no help.

Safety Pilot: Transitions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

“Hey, if it’s got wings, I can fly it.” Well, maybe. With the jet age, some airline pilots had to retire early because they couldn’t make the transition.