Takeoffs and Landings

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Training Tip: Rotate, and wait

Article | Mar 28, 2016

One of the first insights a student pilot arrives at when mastering the takeoff is that rotation and liftoff are closely related—but not simultaneous—phases.

Training Tip: What affects ground effect?

Article | Feb 29, 2016

Ground effect "can be detected and measured up to an altitude equal to one wingspan above the surface," but effects vary with height and speed.

Training Tip: When go becomes no

Article | Feb 22, 2016

Have you ever tried to find the single-engine-airplane equivalent of a value known to multiengine pilots as the accelerate-stop distance?

Training Tip: When it's your bad

Article | Feb 02, 2016

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

PilotWorkshops releases 'Real World VFR'

Article | Nov 25, 2015

Find a remote island airport at night, land at Boston’s Logan International Airport in a Cessna 172, fly the Hudson River VFR Corridor, encounter VFR flight into instrument conditions, and more in PilotWorkshops’ “Real World VFR” video program released Nov. 25.

Pilot Getaways: Earn a floatplane rating vintage style

Article | Nov 09, 2015

If you’ve never flown a Piper J-3 Cub (or if it’s just been a while), you can try your hand at the stick while earning your seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in quiet central Florida.

Cessna to C-Series

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

At the end of the day, large jets are flown using techniques remarkably similar to light-aircraft flying.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA 2015 You Can Fly Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

A fly off between two bantamweight trainers is no clash of titans.

Training Tip: Voice in your head

Article | Oct 26, 2015

When Flight Training magazine invited Facebook followers to share what they recall flight instructors saying during flights, a wellspring of comments bubbled forth.

Training Tip: Weird sound, strange movement

Article | Oct 19, 2015

What would make you discontinue a takeoff? Are you prepared to make that decision each time you commence the takeoff run?

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.

Training Tip: Exit strategies

Article | Sep 14, 2015

With the wind blowing precisely 90 degrees to the single runway, which runway end should the pilot choose for takeoff?

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.

'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.