Autumn

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P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

Waypoints: Get out of jail free

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

ASRS is a partnership between the FAA and NASA whereby pilots, controllers, flight attendants, mechanics, ground personnel, and just about anyone who has anything to do with aviation safety can report a safety situation without fear of retribution.

75 Years: There at the beginning

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

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

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

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.

Waypoints: An AirVenture unlike any other

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

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

WX Watch: Look out below!

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mention inversions and most pilots will get the general idea that these represent situations where temperatures rise with altitude rather than fall.

Avionics: ADS-B strategies emerge

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Not long after the FAA took a giant step toward Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) implementation in late May 2010, when it issued a final rule requiring many aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out capability by 2020, we said the smart move was to do nothing right away (“Next Step Toward NextGen,” August 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Wx Watch: A slow-moving IMC-maker

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

I was taking an intensive flight training course earlier this year, and it ended up being a real workout. By this I mean instrument weather for much of the nine hours I flew during the weeklong course.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Shiprock was visible from more than 30 miles away as Dave Hirschman and Chris Rose flew toward it from the southeast on a cool and crisp autumn morning.

Wright Memorial planned for Dayton

Article | May 29, 2013

Ohio engineers are making sure the Wright Flyer doesn't fly.

Wx Watch: Mesoscale discussions

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Most of us are diligent about studying convective sigmets, convective outlooks, and Nexrad radar imagery before our flights in the warmer months. They’re great for a broad-brush view of any convective situations, but there is another source of information that delves into greater detail, and provides analyses of situations that could be factors in your decision making.

Wx Watch: Mixed-bag winter IMC

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

A low-pressure system full of surprises

Wx Watch: Snow watch

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Spotting winter storms before they strike

President's Position: The gift of giving

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

The real winner is the joy of flying.

Beachside flying, and on the market

Article | Nov 06, 2012

Montauk Airport, perched nearly at the eastern tip of Long Island, has been compared by pilots who know it to Caribbean destinations. The popular destination is now for sale.

Above the Mississippi River

Article | Nov 05, 2012

Winds are usually the most relevant item for pilots on any ATIS recording - but not on this trip. When flying an open AirCam late in the flying season at Crystal Airport just north of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota, temperatures are paramount. And the ATIS numbers on this autumn morning were daunting. Temperature: minus 4. Dew point: minus 9.

Mentor Matters: Keep it clean

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Deicing isn't just a good idea, it's the law.

License to learn: Natural hazards

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Many moons ago, on a dual flight to a rustic little airport, my student (we'll call him Bob) was about to begin his landing flare when things got a little squirrely. A squirrel popped up, periscope-like, near the VASI and then made a mad dash across the runway. Thump! The squirrel had failed to hide his hide.