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Wx Watch: Eyes on the Sky

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

Ever since automated weather observations made their debut, pilots have complained about the problems associated with the observations' lack of a human element. ASOS (automated surface observation system) and AWOS (automated weather observation system), for example, use laser beam ceilometers (LBCs) to determine the height of any clouds or cloud layers above the observing stations.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1999

Unrelenting rain from the remnants of Hurricane Dennis pummeled the top of the Skyhawk's wings. I anxiously opened the pilot's side door and then hesitantly put my hand on the seat: Dry! Whew.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1999

Baja Bush Pilots cruise Central America When I first came up with the idea of a 10-day-long group trip that would include stops in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama, I approached several of my peers, including Arnold Senterfitt (the father of general aviation flying in Mexico, and the founder of the Baja Bush Pilots, a pilot association). They all looked at me as if I were crazy.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

Ahhh, it's springtime. The days are getting longer, flowers are budding, the birds and bees are doing their thing, and a man's and woman's minds turn to — vacation planning.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

Bob "Hurricane" Hannah is a man who loves speed. He has won no fewer than seven National Motocross and Supercross racing championships, making him something of a living legend among motorcycle racing fans.

Wx Watch: Forecasting By Bits and Bytes

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1998

No doubt you've heard television weatherpeople mention "models" or "forecast models" as part of their badinage. They're referring to the computer-generated imagery and numerical products that have come to rule the science of meteorology.

Going for the Gold

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

The aviation world focuses on Oklahoma City, not Atlanta Going to the Olympics? No, not those Olympics. The real ones — for pilots, at least — are the 18th World Aerobatic Championships in Oklahoma City next month.

Fantasy of Flight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1996

Everyone can live the dream Can aviation compete with Mickey Mouse and Shamu the killer whale? Aviation tycoon Kermit Weeks seems to think so. Or at least he hopes to establish a symbiotic relationship.