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Ownership: Winterize yourself

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

What to wear when Old Man Winter comes to stay.

Ambushed by Ice

Article | Dec 15, 2012

When your flying club gets together for hangar flying sessions and safety meetings, there is likely a lot of story-telling from pilots who have "been there, done that." In flying, as with many things in life, it's a good idea to learn from the mistakes of others. The latest installment in the Air Safety Institute's (ASI's) Real Pilot Story series of videos helps pilots do just that, and is a must-see before flying this winter.

IFR Fix: The 200-knot gust

IFR Fix | Nov 30, 2012

New Hampshire's Mount Washington can be, as the observatory there states, "the home of the world's worst weather."

Above the Mississippi River

Article | Nov 05, 2012

Winds are usually the most relevant item for pilots on any ATIS recording - but not on this trip. When flying an open AirCam late in the flying season at Crystal Airport just north of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota, temperatures are paramount. And the ATIS numbers on this autumn morning were daunting. Temperature: minus 4. Dew point: minus 9.

IFR Fix: Ice like a brick

IFR Fix | Oct 19, 2012

When someone survives an icing encounter, the person may describe ice "as large as a house brick on the leading edge, extending back on the wing for one foot."

Man vs. mountain

Article | Mar 15, 2012

You'll know when the avalanche probe lands on a person: That spongy, soft feeling is like nothing else on the mountain, ski guide Kirk Becker explains to four advanced skiers at the Whistler Municipal Heliport. It's a standard briefing at British Columbia's Whistler Heli-Skiing, where remote alpine adventures are contingent on the Pacific coastal weather and the decision of the pilot in command.

A big no-show: The mild whimper of 2011-2012

Article | Feb 23, 2012

Whatever your take on the news - and whether or not you ever needed a preheat before flying this winter - start planning your spring aviating, because if spring hasn't reached your area yet, it's now safe to predict that it's just around the corner.

Never Again Online: New Year's resolution

Article | Dec 01, 2006

"When a front is occluded, the weather is anyone's guess." Those words, spoken by my instructor years ago, nagged me as my wife and I finished dinner in Hickory, North Carolina, where we had stopped for fuel. Now we were waiting out the weather before completing our trip back to Atlanta's Dekalb-Peachtree airport.

Never Again Online: Caught off guard

Article | Oct 01, 2005

We had been trying to make this flight for three weeks now. There was always something that caused us to cancel the trip — an hour-long jaunt from my home airport in New Jersey to Reading Regional/Carl A.

Never Again Online: Framing the problem

Article | Jul 01, 2005

My family had begun to enjoy the advantages of general aviation as we used our Cessna 182A for trips to visit relatives away from our home base in Indiana. On this particular weekend in July, we had planned a trip to Michigan to attend a wedding.

Never Again Online: Smoke on final

Article | Feb 01, 2004

Beautiful blue skies in the Northeast after weeks of freezing rain and snow created an irresistible urge to fly. My wife, daughter, and I had planned to fly to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Friday morning for Presidents' Day weekend.

Never Again Online: The last option

Article | Nov 01, 2003

No matter how much water I drank, my mouth remained dry. This was my physical reaction to the danger to which I had subjected myself, my wife, and my two daughters.

Never Again Online: Pushing personal limits

Article | Apr 01, 2003

I was delivering a presentation in Las Vegas one evening in late April when a casino worker interrupted my talk with a phone call for a friend and colleague who was in the room. My friend learned on the call that his 10-year-old son had just died in his wife's arms.

Never Again Online: The right number of mistakes

Article | Jan 01, 2003

Airmet Zulu: moderate rime and mixed icing in clouds and precipitation between freezing level and Flight Level 200. Any pilot in the Pacific Northwest is familiar with this statement.

Never Again Online: Tomahawked by ice

Article | Jan 01, 2002

I knew that I was in big trouble when the aircraft flew differently than it ever had. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Never Again Online: Carbon monoxide encounter

Article | Nov 01, 2001

My adventure began on a cold winter evening when a friend called and asked me to join him on a short cross-country the next day. His 1946 Ercoupe 415-C had been in for an annual inspection and he was anxious to get it back home.