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Training Tip: The power of preheat

Article | Dec 01, 2014

It’s such a frigid morning that for the first time this season the threshold has been reached for applying cold weather aircraft operations.

M2entoring

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

A winter storm had left more than a foot of powdery snow on the airport, which—while largely cleared off the taxiways and runways—made conditions for a first flight more unusual than normal.

P&E/Proficiency: Alaskan adventure

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Dwayne King, the founder of the Christian nonprofit Kingdom Air Corps who has decades of experience flying in northern Alaska and eastern Russia, specializes in training missionary pilots how to fly safely in remote areas over unforgiving terrain.

Cold in the cockpit

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Then came the giant bang! followed immediately by turbulent, rushing, and very cold air into the cockpit as the passenger-side door popped open.

Safe Flight offers icing conditions detector

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Safe Flight has developed an icing detector that senses icing conditions before ice develops, allowing pilots to escape.

Safety

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Information on avoiding dangerous icing encounters.

What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

Companies offer upgrades on remote electrical boxes

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Remote electrical outlet makers SwitchBox and Regal have introduced new models in time for winter's chill.

Weather Watch: Low pressure lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Pilots sometimes ask me what I think is the most important weather concept to understand. Wow, that’s a tough one.

Topics Weather, Winter

P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

Big city seaplanes

Article | Jul 15, 2014

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

Article | Mar 27, 2014

The low-time pilot was trapped above the clouds, with bad weather for hundreds of miles. He had no autopilot, no GPS, and was not talking to ATC. Fortunately, an air traffic controller spotted him and took action.

Aircraft maintenance: Cold weather checkup

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 24, 2014

Even late-winter presents a number of unique challenges to the aircraft’s systems, and it pays to take the time to do what you can to protect your aircraft (and yourself) while we’re still in winter’s grip.

An icy long weekend

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

We all know the hassles associated with winter-weather flying.

Topics Winter, Weather

Aircraft maintenance: Proper engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 10, 2014

Preheating is about far more than just oil temperature. Proper preheating involves heating the entire engine, so that all critical engine parts can be brought into the ‘safe’ temperature range.

Aircraft maintenance: Myths, realities of engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 27, 2014

The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.

IFR Fix: 'Missed the gorilla'

IFR Fix | Jan 28, 2014

The question isn’t whether turbulence will distract you. The question is how long it will divert your attention, and what the consequences will be.

Alton Bay ice airport opens for 2014 season

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The Alton Bay ice airport, a popular winter destination for pilots in the Northeast, opened Jan. 19 for the 2014 season.

Weather Watch: Wind wise

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Well, we’re coming out of the depths of winter, and staring March in the face. For pilots—and, well, just about everybody else—thoughts now turn to the strong winds so characteristic of the colder months, and especially the transition from winter to spring. What do we need to know to be wind wise about this time of year?

Radar apps for winter weather

Apps of the week | Jan 06, 2014

Track winter weather with these apps.

Mission to 'Mars'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Loaded near maximum weight, a flight of two Quest Kodiaks cruised in the Arctic summer sky over vast swaths of barren tundra and sea ice fraught with history.