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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.