Takeoffs and Landings

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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.

Alton Bay ice airport opens for 2014 season

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The Alton Bay ice airport, a popular winter destination for pilots in the Northeast, opened Jan. 19 for the 2014 season.

Mentor Matters: When not to go around

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

The most common types of accidents experienced by light jets are approach and landing accidents (ALA); in turn, the largest subset of ALA that occurs is the runway overrun.

Technique: Bears at the end of the stream

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

It was in the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke that a prison captain in charge of a work detail warned his prisoners that if they run twice, they will wear two sets of chains. “You ain’t gonna need no third set, ’cause you gonna get your mind right.”

IFR Fix: Expect a visual approach

IFR Fix | Jan 21, 2014

With the airport in sight, don’t relax so much that you discard your aircraft’s electronic navigation capabilities.

Product promises help with landings

Article | Jan 20, 2014

Having trouble with knowing when to flare for landing? An inventor has an idea for letting you know when to level off above the runway.

Letters: Mighty Seabird

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Barry Schiff’s story on the Grumman HU–16B Albatross and his reflections on “A Bygone Era” had readers flying down memory lane.

'Aviate, aviate, aviate'

Article | Jan 16, 2014

An Illinois pilot relied on his training to land safely after a goose punched a hole in his windshield just after takeoff.

Commitment to Safety

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Resolve to be more active in safety education—and encourage your fellow flying club members to do the same.

Piper Malibu

Article | Jan 16, 2014

If you want to fly high and fast, Plus One Flyers based at four airports near San Diego California, has the airplane for you – the Piper Malibu.

Training Tip: Too much, too soon

Article | Jan 14, 2014

Suddenly, well before the trainer reaches rotation speed, the aircraft’s nose rises abruptly, and the student pilot finds the trainer airborne in semi-stalled flight. Why?

Atlantic crossing beckons

Article | Jan 09, 2014

Cluster balloonist Jonathan Trappe still aims to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and he is working on a new approach.

IFR Fix: Next exit 4,000 feet

IFR Fix | Jan 06, 2014

Hitting your touchdown spot just right and exiting the runway promptly at a safe taxi speed brings appreciation from the tower.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Up, up and away

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 01, 2014

Helicopters are made to be able to take off and land vertically. But doing so can actually be a dangerous maneuver.

Practicing helicopter autorotations

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 24, 2013

Believe it or not, helicopters do continue to fly after an engine failure--sort of.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Training Tip: A windy debate

Article | Dec 20, 2013

“Go ahead and ask” is a pretty simple formula, yet many pilots hesitate. Others pass up available opportunities to use the most favorable runway.

License to Learn: Submarine knowledge

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

The best lessons I’ve ever learned about the mental game of flying an airplane didn’t come from studying books on aviation psychology. Instead, they came from reading history.