Takeoffs and Landings

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License to Learn: Slow town

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

“After aligning the airplane with the runway centerline, the final flap setting should be completed; in the absence of the manufacturer’s recommended airspeed, a speed equal to 1.3 VS0 should be used.”

Training Tip: Within gliding distance

Article | Sep 21, 2015

If you have ever wondered how your instructor decides when to simulate an engine failure, this scenario is one example.

Gulfstream crew attempted fatal takeoff with controls locked

Article | Sep 10, 2015

The flight crew of a Gulfstream G-IV business jet that crashed on takeoff from Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, May 31, 2014, failed to perform a flight control check, resulting in critical controls still being locked during the takeoff attempt, the NTSB concluded Sept. 9.

Airvan flies on floats

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Alaska floatplane operators will be getting a new choice soon when the Mahindra Aerospace Airvan on floats comes online in 2016.

Training Tip: Controlling crosswind takeoffs

Article | Aug 31, 2015

Crosswind landings get all the glory when student pilots, pilots, and instructors share ideas about training techniques. But crosswind takeoffs are no less demanding.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Two nearly identical Cessna 172S models take the runway side by side for a real-world test of whether vortex generators make a measurable performance difference.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Responding to angle-of-attack warnings

'All about doing the impossible'

Article | Jul 23, 2015

Pilots who are passionate about aviation can change lives, said Ben Walton, founder of the Summit Aviation Cancer Camp in Bozeman, Montana.

SkiGull details revealed

Article | Jul 22, 2015

In a departure from his long-held practice of keeping his airplane projects secret while still in development, Burt Rutan used a public forum at EAA AirVenture on July 22 to reveal details of the SkiGull, an ultra-efficient, long-range seaplane capable of landing on asphalt, grass, snow, or water.

Taste of Valdez

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Joe Dory IV is an accomplished backcountry pilot, but he admitted he was a little nervous about the task at hand: competing in the short takeoff and landing (STOL) event at EAA AirVenture before thousands of pilots July 21.

'Freakin' awesome!'

Article | Jul 21, 2015

What can make a former Navy corpsman and a Harley-Davidson engineer giggle with pure joy? Their first takeoff. Watch as three students hop in the left seat for the first time and experience the thrill of flight in these One Week Ready to Solo webisodes.

Training Tip: No room for doubt

Article | Jul 17, 2015

It takes the busy student a moment to realize that something about that call from the tower doesn’t seem right. Should the student call the controller to clarify?

Garmin showing new products at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Garmin has released details on several new products it will show during EAA AirVenture, including an electronic logbook and a Bluetooth audio panel.

Training Tip: Aircraft prep, test prep

Article | Jul 07, 2015

As you progress toward the private pilot checkride, your flight instructor may sometimes find it useful to play the role of designated examiner.

Cool Stuff

Article | Jun 15, 2015

SkyCruiser: New flying car concept can transform into helicopter in mid-air.

Letters: From Our May 2015 Issue

Pilot Magazine | Jun 08, 2015

Looks like the long-running debate among tailwheel pilots on the merits of three-point versus wheel landings is still unresolved.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

Aircraft maintenance: 10 tips to protect aircraft tires

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2015

Aircraft tires are extremely resilient and reliable, but they're also critically important to safe takeoffs and landings. Here are 10 tips that can help you get the most from your tires, fly as safely as possible, and take good care of those round rubber friends.

Mini Oshkosh: Full-scale fun for RC pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Joe Nall Week at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest remote control fly-in in the world, typically attracting RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

The big day

Article | Apr 25, 2015

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

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?