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Scanning for Traffic

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Cirrus Three-Four-Golf, traffic 10 o'clock, five miles, 1,000 below your altitude." "New York...looking...no joy...Three-Four-Golf." "Cirrus Three-Four-Golf, traffic is now two miles, 10 o'clock." "New York...no contact, Three-Four-Golf." "Cirrus Three-Four-Golf, clear of traffic." "New York, we never saw traffic, Three-Four-Golf, roger." We all have difficulty identifying potential conflicting traffic. During some flights we may never see half the traffic called by controllers.

Never Again Online: Muted frequency, muted readback

Article | Mar 01, 2004

A deep low over south-central Texas had settled in to stay for a while. It was bringing saturated Gulf of Mexico air up in a gradual arc across the southern Gulf States to the lower Midwest.

My Retirement

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Most people, having devoted their adult lives to a vocation, look forward to retirement. Seated in the captain's position of the Boeing 777, at the departure gate for London Heathrow International Airport, I had a multitude of thoughts.

Never Again Online: Pilot in command

Article | Jan 01, 2004

It was early spring and I needed a 250-nm straight-line, nonstop solo flight as well as a minimum of two hours of night flight to satisfy the cross-country requirements for my commercial rating. This flight was a beautiful and uneventful 3.2-hour night flight from Van Nuys, California, to Mesquite, Nevada.

Never Again Online: Deer incursion

Article | May 01, 2003

It was a clear, calm spring evening as we returned home from Hummel Field in Saluda, Virginia, after dinner. You could see every star in the sky and every light on the ground.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

John Muir said, "Going to the mountains is going home." Ronald Reagan said, "Nothing is better for the inside of a man than the backside of a horse." If you've got the itch to straddle a saddle in the Sierra, the Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit offers a variety of options. In the summertime you'll find its herd of about 90 horses and mules at the pack station above Mammoth magic (see "California Flying: Mammoth Magic," April Pilot) giving hour-long, half-day, and full-day rides and custom multi-day trips into the wilderness.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2002

It's easy and inexpensive to re-angle fixed-pitch propellers The Wright brothers thought that building a propeller would be a cinch. What could be hard about it? They soon found that there's more to a propeller than meets the eye.

California Flying

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

Would you like to fly to a famous movie location? In 1938 the Sherwood Forest scenes in the original Robin Hood were filmed in this town, as were many scenes in the 1939 epic Gone With the Wind. The earliest known filming that took place here was for a 1914 classic titled Folly is a Life of Crime.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns — and sometimes gets to fly — a 1972 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Myths and old wives' tales abound in general aviation.

AOPA Expo 2002

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

AOPA marks fall each year with an expo celebrating general aviation. You're invited.

Death Valley Sunday

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

A humongous high-pressure dome developed over Las Vegas the second weekend in February. On Saturday the winds were brisk, about 20 knots, but Sunday dawned crystal clear and still.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

Changing winds make for challenging approaches In the spring, two conditions conspire to thwart a pilot's best attempts at good landings. Fickle weather brings wind, whether it's a tricky crosswind, gusty winds straight down the runway, or wind shear on final.

Flying on Adrenaline

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

On April 5, 1976, a Learjet entered Texas airspace from Mexico. One of America's aviation pioneers was strapped to the stretcher aboard the "lifeguard" air ambulance flight.

California Action

Article | Oct 01, 2001

AOPA says changing traffic pattern won't fix incompatible land use In a recent letter to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, AOPA expressed its strong opposition to a plan to move the traffic pattern at Sacramento Mather Airport to make way for incompatible land use near the field. The proposed pattern change would affect Runway 4L/22R and would extend the downwind and final legs of the pattern by about 2,500 feet in an attempt to distance aircraft operations from the likely site of an elementary school.

Arctic Journeys

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2001

It was early June. It may have been summer elsewhere, but up in the Arctic it was still late spring.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2000

Garmin NavTalk Pilot Ladies and gentlemen, the $100 hamburger is officially a thing of the past. Now, with Garmin's new NavTalk Pilot, you can have a $3,000 pizza, ordered straight from the cockpit and delivered to a ramp near you.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

Short on looks? The Fairchild 24 that graces the cover of the August issue of AOPA Pilot is stunning. And while Rick Durden wrote a very nice article about it ("Grande Dame of Aviation"), he did tag it as "a tough old bird that's short on looks but long on personality." Personality? Absolutely! But short on looks? The Fairchild 24 is about as elegant, with either the Warner or the Ranger engine, as any plane of its era and certainly more so than any of the new plastic wonders.

Coast to Coast

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

My wife, Betty, and I were discussing vacation ideas when I received a telephone call from my friend Bill Stoner, the owner of Advanced Helicopter Concepts in Frederick, Maryland. Previously, I had mentioned to him that if he ever needed a Robinson helicopter ferried from the factory in Torrance, California, to customer, I would like to help out.

Postcards

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Aviators, architects, and actors They had come for the same reason pyromaniacs and mayhem's apprentices flock to stock-car races. Don Quinn, proprietor of the Don Q Inn, or simply "The Q" to the natives in Wyoming Valley, Wisconsin, had purchased a massive 1952 Boeing 367 Stratofreighter.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2000

Spring's here and your airplane is filthy If you can escape the spring-cleaning chores at home, it's time to head out to the airport and spruce up the airplane for the upcoming busy summer flying season. But washing the airplane goes beyond just making it look pretty.

Topics Spring, Weather

Pilot Briefing

Article | Oct 01, 1999

AlliedSignal to acquire NavRadio NavRadio, the innovative company in Golden, Colorado, that is leading the way toward uplinked weather and other data for the general aviation pilot, has been purchased by AlliedSignal Aerospace Avionics and Lighting. AlliedSignal Aerospace President Frank Daly said that his company intends to lead the revolution toward high-speed data transmission needed to support graphical weather in the cockpit.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1999

Polished perfection You made my day when I opened my July copy of AOPA Pilot and saw the beautiful picture on the contents pages. Wow, an AT-7! I immediately thought, that has Pratt & Whitney R-985 AN-1 engines and Hamilton constant-speed propellers.

In-Flight Emergencies

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1999

Making the most of a bad attitude Immediate action items Push. Push the autopilot off and push yoke to unload any Gs.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1999

A dignified way to travel At last, the venerable Navion gets some long-deserved recognition ("A Most Dignified Way to Travel," June Pilot). It was 43 years ago that I bought N91123.

Postcards

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1999

Be sure to bring your mountain flying skills First things first: The name of the town is Jackson, not Jackson Hole. Valleys were once called holes, and this valley was named after a mountain man named Davey Jackson.