Autumn

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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.

Couple launches life together in hot air balloon

Article | May 10, 2012

Matt Deskiewicz had been planning for months with an engagement ring in hand, but had to wait for better weather. With a lift from pilot Patrick Smith, Deskiewicz took a knee in a gondola gliding through the sky over Frederick, Md., on May 6 and popped the question.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

As the gear thunks into the wheel wells I crank the old Bonanza onto left crosswind—a bit more aggressively than usual, just because it feels right.

Dogfight | For the holidays

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models—and lots of opinions (as well as similar haircuts). We last turned them loose on the topic of NDB approaches and the response to two different schools of thought on this topic garnered interesting opinions from a large number of readers. However, this month the two veteran aviation writers put down their dueling pens and -- in the spirit of the season -- agreed to focus on what they both appreciate about general aviation.