Takeoffs and Landings

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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.

A botched go-around

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

At first glance, there’s nothing particularly special about Part IV, Task L of the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS).

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.

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.