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Never Again: Landing on the strip

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

“Hey Jim,” the phone call from a good friend and coworker began. “How about we check out the dry lake bed today?” My friend was an accomplished Coast Guard navigator and avionics technician.

Never Again Online: Land, or die trying

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

I had always considered myself a safe and conscientious pilot. I read the safety articles, accident reports, analyses of accidents, and have even had articles on aviation safety published in a magazine devoted to the topic.

Never Again: Negative transfer

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

It sometimes baffles me how the FAA comes up with a vocabulary all its own. Negative transfer is a term that has been coined by the FAA to describe how pilots who fly various aircraft may apply skills and natural reactions that are appropriate for one category of aircraft but can be disastrous when applied to a different type aircraft.

Never Again: Windsock warning

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

I’ve been flying more than 20 years, increasing my flying as my business has grown. I bought my first airplane, a Piper Turbo Saratoga, in 2006, got my instrument rating in it, and flew it 300 hours in one year for business and training.

Never Again: Glider updraft

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Many pilots have had an experience in their past that they are amazed they survived. And the added perspective that years of hard-won experience and knowledge bring can make our survival from those earlier mistakes and misadventures seem all the more incredible.

Never Again: Finding FOD

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

I was scheduled to fly an aerobatic demonstration at a local airport the next day. I fly a rainbow-colored Extra 300L.

Never Again: A snap and smoke

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

I was in California for business in the early 1990s and decided to fly from Palo Alto to Lake Tahoe with a coworker for the night. I had checked out in a well-equipped Piper Archer on a previous trip and had some mountain flying instruction.

Never Again: Dog Gone

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

“When you get home,” my wife told me over the phone, “you’re going to have to get rid of this dog.” I had been attending an airshow in Ohio, and was about to fly home to Maryland as a passenger in a friend’s Beechcraft Baron. I mulled over my wife’s words all the way.

Never Again: Glider Passenger

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

We all enjoy sharing our flying obsession, and usually those flights in which we introduce aviation to friends or family members go smoothly because we make extra efforts to ensure that our guests have comfortable, pleasurable flying experiences. But even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Never Again: Night over the Everglades

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

I’m the leader of a band called the “Caribbean Chillers,” and we had a performance scheduled in Key West, Florida. Instead of driving 14 hours round-trip, I decided to rent a Cessna 172SP in Leesburg, Florida, and fly with a couple other band members to Marathon, Florida.

Never Again: Hardheaded pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Even though the single-seat Pitts biplane has a tiny cockpit and not much headroom, I make it a point to wear a helmet and parachute whenever I fly one. I take some ribbing from my friends who question my hardheadedness.

Never Again: Dark night in Michigan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

The weekend had been wonderful: I was able to visit family and friends and still make it back to work on Monday morning. At least that was the plan.

Never Again: Bonanza icing encounter

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

It was a beautiful October day with nice weather forecast throughout California. I planned on flying my Beechcraft A36 Bonanza from Bakersfield to Reno, Nevada, to attend a veterinary conference.

Never Again: Nowhere to land

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Preflight planning the night before showed it would be like so many other central Texas morning flights; everything looks good as long as you get up before the morning fog rolls in. The trip was from Taylor, just north of Austin to Kendall-Tamiami Regional Airport, which is west of Miami, Florida.

Never Again: Always check for TFRs

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

It was a beautiful summer day with a few cumulus clouds and clear weather forecast for the next fortnight—conditions highly unusual for New England. A warm breeze blew across the tarmac as I rolled my Extra 300L out of the hangar for a cross-country flight out of Bedford, Massachusetts.

Never Again: Fuel shower

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

We’ve all read accounts of World War I pilots trapped in burning aircraft. Their only options were to ride it down and burn up in the process, jump without a parachute, or shoot themselves.

Never Again: Under pressure

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

My mission was to pick up a job candidate and his wife and bring them back to Des Moines, Iowa, in our company’s Cessna 340 twin. The trip was to be a first-class experience to entice him to join our company.

Never Again: I lived through a graveyard spiral

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Before you read this account, you should understand that the author is definitely not a daredevil, tomorrow-be-dammed, reckless flyer. Trained by an ex-Navy instructor, and skilled in many phases of VFR weather, I have always conscientiously maintained what I believed was a wide margin of safety in all aspects of flying.

Never Again: Engine seizure

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

This would be a quick out and back business trip in the 1989 Piper Malibu Mirage to Piggott, a small farming community in northeast Arkansas. The overcast was layered between 2,000 to 3,000 feet over most of Northeast Texas and Arkansas.

Never Again: Wild ride

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

The day dawned bright and clear, with beautiful Arizona desert winter sunshine and a brisk breeze. I had stopped for the night in Yuma, Arizona, on my way back to Van Nuys, California.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Last Christmas, my family held a party in Salt Lake City. I decided to fly up from my home in southern California and return two days later.

Never Again

Article | Nov 01, 2007

I headed off to Hawkins Field, in Jackson, Mississippi, where I worked flying Beech 18s and Beech Barons hauling everything from crickets to people to UPS cargo to U.S. Mail and sometimes checks.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

I have been involved with SCORE International Off-Road Racing for as long as I have been a private pilot. As a race official for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1,000 off-road race I was at the starting line in Ensenada, Mexico, and since my duties included the timing and scoring of the event it was imperative that my staff and I reached the finish line in La Paz, Mexico, before the first racers did.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

I had flown my Avid Flyer experimental aircraft, and my friend had flown his Hurricane experimental ultralight aircraft, to Perris Valley Airport located in Perris, California. After landing on the ultralight flying club's dirt strip, which parallels the airport's hard-surface runway, we enjoyed breakfast at the airport restaurant.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

I was scheduled to make a delivery flight of a late model Cessna Skylane. The buyer would come to Wichita to pick up the airplane, and I was to accompany him home to Orange County, California, and then give him and his partner a checkout in the airplane.