Takeoffs and Landings

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Training Tip: Aware in the air

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Instructors caution student pilots to check notams carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information?

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

To dazzle or not to dazzle—that’s this month’s “Dogfight” topic.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

This takeoff made me nervous, even though the performance tables in the pilot’s operating handbook assured me there would be plenty of margin.

National Bushwheel Awareness Week: Quirky gathering in the Idaho wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Turbulent plumes of swirling mountain air jostle our pair of Carbon Cubs as we approach Johnson Creek Airport (3U2) for the start of National Bushwheel Awareness Week, a quirky annual gathering that attracts more than 100 backcountry airplanes and the STOL fanatics who fly them.

My toughest student

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

My most challenging flight student was the one I wanted most to succeed: My mom, Wilma Melville.

Training Tip: Tackle no-flap landings

Article | Jan 26, 2015

Have no-flap landings been part of your practice routine as you work to sharpen your skills?

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

P&E Technique: Think like a ratchet

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

As a glider pilot I’d been taught that when flaring to land, if I overdid it a bit, to move the stick forward just enough to allow the airplane to resume level flight.