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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

A show of hands here: Who hasn't rolled his eyes when a news anchor attributes an airplane crash to an engine stalling on takeoff? You'll never have to worry about that kind of gaffe coming from CNN's garrulous, infinitely quotable Miles O'Brien because he has connections in high places: flight instructors, airline transport pilots, aeronautical engineers. Those kinds of connections.

Wx Watch: Datalink Lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Datalink weather has changed cockpit decision making in ways no one could have envisioned a few short years ago. Where before we struggled along in instrument or marginal VFR weather conditions, full of doubt, and unable to make educated tactical weather decisions, now we have a flood of data.

Lead Is Still King - Part II

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

The hurricane season of 2005 hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast with unprecedented fury, leaving more than 1,300 dead and thousands homeless.

Wx Watch: FROPA Basics

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

You're standing on the ramp, about to climb into your airplane and take off. You notice that the wind has picked up, and your airport's latest AWOS (automated weather observation system) broadcast says that the altimeter setting has just dropped a bit.

Test Pilot

Article | Dec 01, 2005

GENERAL What is meant by "an airplane on a stick"? Has there ever been a biplane produced in the United States with retractable landing gear? The Rotax aircraft engine is becoming increasingly popular with homebuilders and manufacturers of motorgliders and light sport aircraft (LSA). How did Rotax get its name? When the German ace Baron von Richtofen flew behind a Sopwith Camel during World War I and noticed it beginning to pitch sharply nose up, why would he immediately begin shooting to the right of the Camel? (The answer is unrelated to p-factor.) From reader Mark Barchenko: During the early days of jet fighters, American pilots wore G-suits to prevent blackout during high-G maneuvering.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Pilot rescues grandmother from hurricane's aftermath A house without electricity in 95-degree heat and full of 24 other people, some of them sick, is no place for a 79-year-old grandmother who recently suffered two strokes and a heart attack. These were the thoughts bouncing around in Derek Lott's mind.

Hangar Talk

Article | Oct 01, 2005

Everyone knows that VFR and IFR have different sets of rules," says Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. "But while VFR is always VFR, IFR has elements of both, depending on the conditions." See "Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Radar Service Terminated," page 94.

Wx Watch: ADDS Upgrades

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Faithful readers of "Wx Watch" will recall that I've referred to the Aviation Weather Center's (AWC) Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) Web site many times in the past. ADDS provides many valuable briefing products, and the AWC is constantly improving the site to make it more valuable and cutting edge.

Never Again Online: Hurricane fool

Article | Sep 01, 2005

As an aspiring professional pilot living in southern Florida I had committed myself to building actual instrument time. I flew in the system, had flown several approaches to minimums as pilot in command, and achieved my commercial ticket at a great flight school.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines travels throughout the country in his A36 Bonanza.