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Never Again Online: Perils of night VFR

Article | Apr 01, 2006

It was early in March 2005, and I was about halfway through my training for the instrument rating. I had been flying practice instrument approaches under the hood with my flight instructor two or three times a week, and I had reached the point in my training when I needed a break from the intensity of it all.

AOPA 2005 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Two more upgrades enhance the Commander "N112WN, this is Salt Lake Center. I'm going to need you at 14,000 feet in 30 miles.

New Aircraft

Article | Sep 01, 2005

A prelude to the launch of a new company Spring comes slowly to Quebec. It's two days past the vernal equinox and the snow drifts lining the taxiways at Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers) airport still challenge the wing tips of the Symphony 160 as we motor out to the runway to fly the first production model of the aircraft's latest incarnation.

The High and the Mighty

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

This past week I made my annual trip to my local airport, North Las Vegas, to turn in my gate activation cards and receive new ones. The lady at the airport office was her usual friendly self, and she shared a story about a local pilot who came in last week to request a new gate card.

Answers for Pilots

Article | May 01, 2005

Are you ready to take the air Spring means warmer nights, cleaning projects, leaves on the trees, and most important, flying. For those who keep the airplane locked in the hangar all winter, it may mean the first time they've flown in months.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Stabilizing your aircraft's oil system Rip Van Winkle didn't awake from his 20-year nap by jumping up and dancing a jig. He got up slowly and eased into warming up those old joints.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

State can't help Santa Paula What kind of financial aid can water-logged Santa Paula Airport expect from the state? "Nothing," says Division of Aeronautics Chief R. Austin Wiswell.

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.


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.


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.