Weather

Weather

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Washington state aviation resources fight wildfires

Wildfires were burning homes and triggering evacuations in eastern and central Washington state as officials responded with firefighting efforts staged from three state-run airports.

Jul 18, 2014

Advocacy

Action on third class medical ‘soon,’ Huerta tells Baker

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told AOPA President Mark Baker that rulemaking prompted by a request to expand the driver’s license medical standard should be released for public comment soon during a visit to AOPA headquarters July 17.

Jul 17, 2014 | comments

Article

Big city seaplanes

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

Jul 15, 2014
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Autumn

Pilot Magazine

75 Years: There at the beginning

The Pylon Club—a flying club based at Patco Field in Norristown, Pennsylvania—was having another of its fly-outs.

Apr 04, 2014 | comments

Article

Weekend seaplane odyssey

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

Nov 13, 2013 | comments

Pilot Magazine

Waypoints: An AirVenture unlike any other

This summer I attended what is now called EAA AirVenture for the twenty-fourth time—20 in a row.

Oct 01, 2013
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Hurricane

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Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

Feb 05, 2014

Article

A careful balance

Pilots of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration handle risk with teamwork, blending science and adventure in a unique flying job.

Nov 14, 2013 | comments

Article

Pilots help open children’s home in Bahamas

Abused or neglected children on Current Island, Eleuthera, in the Bahamas now have a safe place to go—Zion Children’s Home. Two new houses, dedicated June 23, can accommodate eight boys and eight girls, along with a house parent in each.

Jun 27, 2013
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Spring

Article

Father, son fly 'ultimate cross country'

At some point, Rodney Bowers recalled, “somebody called it ‘the ultimate cross-country’” and the name stuck.

Jul 10, 2014 | comments

Article

Pilot retracing ‘Flight of Passage’ journey

Chris and April Nesin are flying across the United States in the same 1949 Piper PA-11 that teenagers Kern and Rinker Buck flew across the country in 1966. Rinker Buck later penned the memoir “Flight of Passage” about the journey.

Jun 25, 2014 | comments

Pilot Magazine

Technology: Who's seeing whom?

“There’s no traffic displaying ahead of me on the iPad—nothing at all—and all of a sudden, there’s an airplane right in front of me.”

Jun 05, 2014
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Summer

Article

Big city seaplanes

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

Jul 15, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

Jul 08, 2014 | comments

Article

Martha's Vineyard: From Colonial Port to Island Resort

There is an undeniable appeal to Martha's Vineyard, its villages hugging neat little harbors, farmland lined with rock-pile fences, and centuries-old lighthouses perched above the Atlantic.

Jun 17, 2014
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Thunderstorms

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Safety

Thunderstorms cause relatively few accidents – on average, about five per year – but 75 percent of them are fatal.

Jun 16, 2014

Article

Training Tip: Thunderstorm in sight

Does this scenario justify deviating from the airport’s normal calm-wind-runway operations?

Jun 10, 2014

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'No useful correlation'

When sizing up a thunderstorm from a distance, what are the most important visual aspects?

Jun 09, 2014 | comments
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Winter

Article

Big city seaplanes

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

Jul 15, 2014

Article

‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

The low-time pilot was trapped above the clouds, with bad weather for hundreds of miles. He had no autopilot, no GPS, and was not talking to ATC. Fortunately, an air traffic controller spotted him and took action.

Mar 27, 2014 | comments

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance: Cold weather checkup

Even late-winter presents a number of unique challenges to the aircraft’s systems, and it pays to take the time to do what you can to protect your aircraft (and yourself) while we’re still in winter’s grip.

Mar 24, 2014
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