Takeoffs and Landings

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The Bonanza goes to war

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

Few students of the Vietnam War know much about the QU–22B Pave Eagle, the most unusual Bonanza you’ve never seen. Well, it’s mostly Bonanza; the highly modified airframe has a number of unique parts. Only 27 were built, plus six predecessor YQU–22A models.

Training Tip: Loadings and landings

Article | Aug 04, 2014

New pilots may underestimate the physical effort needed to rotate some aircraft to the landing attitude.

Training Tip: Too good on takeoff

Article | Jul 21, 2014

Unable to climb, and unable to lower the nose to accelerate without contacting the ground, he is in a spot.

Training Tip: 'Proper spacing is critical'

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Brushing aside the distracting combination of perplexity and annoyance, the student pilot begins to react to the unfolding complications.

AOPA Live This Week - June 26, 2014

Video | Jun 25, 2014

We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.

Training Tip: Bad approach, good lesson

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Was the approach salvageable? Not something to debate at low altitude, in moderate turbulence, with treetops near.

Now taking off: Flight training apps

Apps of the week | Jun 20, 2014

Here are five flight training apps designed to help student pilots learn important aviation concepts.

Training Tip: The lingering low

Article | Jun 17, 2014

Strong winds don’t always imply turbulence. However, an informed pilot glancing at the sky on this post-frontal morning will expect it to be present.

Training Tip: Thunderstorm in sight

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Does this scenario justify deviating from the airport’s normal calm-wind-runway operations?

Dogfight: Logbook logjam

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

Around the office we often joke that Senior Editor Ian Twombly is the youngest old man here. In this discussion, he may prove that point again. He favors the paper logbook; Senior Editor Dave Hirschman goes virtual.

Training Tip: Field length finesse

Article | May 20, 2014

It’s windy today. Whichever runway you select, there will be a crosswind for your takeoffs and for landings.

Letters: Time Traveler

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

A beautifully written article on a beautiful Beech 18 on floats garnered a lot of fan mail from our members.

Now taking off: Helicopter apps

Apps of the week | May 13, 2014

Helicopter apps are in the forefront this week, with ones that promote safety and offer rotorcraft comparisons.

Water lacking, floatplanes launch from trailer

Article | Apr 24, 2014

A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 23, 2014

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

Airports and their stories

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Airports are where our dreams come true. But although these gateways to the sky are revered by pilots and those who love aviation, they often are vilified by neighbors and damned by detractors.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 01, 2014

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

Redbird launches simulator challenge

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations is encouraging pilots from all over the world to show their stuff in the company's new 'Flying' Challenge Cup.

Training Tip: Power check

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Do you make it a point to check for full engine power during the busy takeoff phase, with all its multiple tasks?

Training Tip: Weighing the wake makers

Article | Mar 25, 2014

For wake turbulence separation purposes, ATC classifies aircraft as small, large, and heavy.

Training Tip: Turning down a tailwind

Article | Mar 17, 2014

What the student is observing is visual evidence that there will be a strong tailwind condition on final—something to avoid.

New perspective

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

I lucked into my first airplane ride in a Cherokee 140 when I was 15 years old, and for the next two years, all my lawn-mowing money went straight into the cash register of the local FBO.

Honeywell to unveil takeoff monitor with performance alerts

Article | Feb 14, 2014

Honeywell is working to provide a reliable takeoff performance monitor that can identify a problem in time to abort a takeoff safely—and avoid nuisance alerts that could risk unnecessary high-speed rejected takeoffs.