Takeoffs and Landings

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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.

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.

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.

Dream come true

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Climbing out of Duxford, England, through 1,500 feet, I saw the bogey half a mile out, coming fast.

The new soverign

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Owner/pilots who’ve reached the top of the single-pilot (SP) jet food chain—most likely in the form of a Cessna Citation CJ4 or Embraer Phenom 300—sometimes wonder, what’s next?

Are your Takeoffs as Good as your Landings?

Article | Dec 16, 2013

Takeoff is consistently the phase of flight with the second-highest number of pilot-related accidents.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Fixing airplane habits

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 12, 2013

One of the key challenges for airplane pilots transitioning to helicopters is unlearning airplane habits.

AOPA members suggest their favorite apps

Apps of the week | Dec 11, 2013

Apps that handle everything from checking aircraft N numbers to calculating crosswind, tailwind, and headwind components are among those recommended by AOPA members.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The crazy takeoff

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 05, 2013

Helicopter training is generally very safe. So why do run-on takeoffs and landings feel so wrong?

A doctor always on board

Article | Dec 03, 2013

NetJets has added a new safety feature to its long-range fleet: a doctor who is always in.