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Engine-Out Drills: Practicing for when, not if, a single's engine fails is a time-honored way to learn airplane handling. It also can bring increased risk to your training operations. Oct 1, 2020 2082
Mountain Obscuration: Wishing and hoping for a hole in the clouds below you is not a plan. Oct 1, 2020 1252
Long-Range Defense: The en route environment can pose less risk of conflict with other traffic but presents its own challenges, requiring planning and vigilance. Aug 1, 2020 2051
The Unstretchable Glide: When your only engine fails, it's ultimately up to you to choose where to land, not ATC. Aug 1, 2020 1250
Home Schooling: Even if you aren't flying nght now, you can continue your aviation education with these five suggestions for studying and practicing at home. Jun 1, 2020 2303
Full Deflection? Heeding maneuvering speed protects against gusts or abrupt control movement. What if they're combined? Jun 1, 2020 1145
Defensive Flying: Especially in the traffic pattern, fly like everyone is out to get you, because they probably are. Even ATC. May 1, 2020 2252
Ready To Burst: Don't let 'get-home-itis' lead you to try landing when there are thunderstorms about. May 1, 2020 1156
Going Glass, Part 1: Can airplane owners flying behind round, 'steam' instruments find greater reliability and capability by replacing their instruments with a video screen? Mar 1, 2020 1829
Special VFR: It's not VFR. It's special. Mar 1, 2020 2065
No Idea What's Going On: All the bells and whistles of a modern bizjet won't help us if we don't learn their basic operation. Mar 1, 2020 1246
Four Things You Missed On Your Preflight: Even if you run through the manufacturer's checklist meticulously, you can miss important items that aren't on it or involve added equipment. Feb 1, 2020 2050
Wake Turbulence: It's easy to forget that lift generation also creates vortices behind and below the aircraft. Sometimes, we are rudely reminded. Feb 1, 2020 2003
Weather Awareness: This classic example of blundering into poor weather is all too common, but continues to happen. Feb 1, 2020 1183
Five Things You Can Break In A Pinch: In some situations, going beyond the airplane's published limitations, or even a FAR, can mean the difference between success and failure. Jan 1, 2020 2279
Professionalism: It can be defined in many ways, but we know it when we see it, and when we don't. Jan 1, 2020 1141
Getting It Wet: You spent a lot of time and money getting your instrument rating. What's next? Dec 1, 2019 2564
The Zero-Zero Takeoff: Taking off in conditions below approach minimums doesn't afford us much of a margin for error. Dec 1, 2019 1199
Preflight, Interrupted: We all get distracted sometimes, but we must learn to recognize when it happens and respond appropriately. Sep 1, 2019 1214
Stumbling Around In The Rain: Thunderstorm avoidance begins at home, by picking your timing and route. When it gets up close and personal, remain in visual conditions. Aug 1, 2019 2377
Flying The Big Engine: Mods changing an airplane's performance, especially its fuel consumption, might not be well-documented. Aug 1, 2019 1026
Child Is My Copilot: Flying with infants and small children can pose a unique new set of constraints and considerations. Jun 1, 2019 2490
Runway Incursions: They're usually a problem only at larger airports, but using taxi charts and eliminating multitasking from the cockpit can help us become part of the solution. Jun 1, 2019 1101
Dark Acceleration: When taking off at night with few visual cues, our internal gyros may tell us to push the nose down. Jun 1, 2019 1204
Top Ten Tips For Managing Risk: These aren't secrets, but if your preflight planning tells you some of the risks you're facing are too great, consider these tips to help mitigate them. Feb 1, 2019 2122
Trim Failures: The more automated your airplane, the more likely you'll experience a trim failure. Know the system well, fly the airplane and throw the correct switches. Feb 1, 2019 1821
Lack Of Peer Pressure: Discussing a proposed flight with a pilot-friend can be the difference between success and disaster. Feb 1, 2019 1249
Shock And Yaw: Don't be surprised when you need to apply some rudder input. Jan 1, 2019 1282
EFB Dependence: What the typical electronic flight bag platform lacks in reliability is made up in utility. But this stuff does fail and can leave you without some important tools. Essay Jan 1, 2019 1590
Negligent Maintenance: Even if an airplane doesn't fly much, it still needs to be inspected and maintained, especially as it ages. Jan 1, 2019 1215
Test Pilot: An aircraft's first flight after a major modification can go wrong several ways, especially if it involves stalls. Dec 1, 2018 1251
Trajectories: Airmanship is not about getting from A to B. It's about managing the various tasks and completing them in sequence. It's called staying ahead of the airplane. Nov 1, 2018 1463
Full Frontal: Cold fronts can offer a tricky mix of weather, often over a broad area. Coping starts with a preflight weather briefing. Nov 1, 2018 1306
Beyond Flaps: Wing flaps are common on personal airplanes, but they re not the only way to go slow safely. Sep 1, 2018 1284
It's Your Job To Check: Just because the airplane is fresh out maintenance doesn't mean you shouldn't conduct a full preflighl inspection. Sep 1, 2018 1231
Ground Control: Maintaining control of an airplane while it's on its wheels becomes a lot easier once you understand it's a really lousy ground vehicle. Aug 1, 2018 2473
Paperwork: While many think airworthiness is only a nuts-and-bolts concern, the documentation we carry in the aircraft matters to the FAA as much as anything. Aug 1, 2018 1236
Fuelish Behavior: When the only tool in your bag of tricks is a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail. Aug 1, 2018 1266
Gust Front: Even if conditions appear calm at the airport, taking off as a thunderstorm approaches is a really bad idea. May 1, 2018 1160
Black-Hole Approach: Night approaches demand extra care and thought to prevent our natural tendency to come up short. Use the PAPI/VASI. Apr 1, 2018 1268
Which Airspeed? The one you want to fly in certain conditions may not be marked on the airspeed indicator or the instrument panel. But maybe it's not that important? Feb 1, 2018 1988
The Two-Pilot Problem: Maximizing the utility of two pilots in our cockpits means only one manipulates the controls while the other handles other tasks. Feb 1, 2018 1473
Low, Slow And Heavy: Anytime we're maneuvering close to the ground, an inadvertent accelerated stall can be catastrophic. Feb 1, 2018 1114
A Bad Time For Circling: Picking up airframe ice on the approach presents handling challenges at a critical time, especially if we don't realize it. Case study Jan 1, 2018 1373
Advancements. Dec 1, 2017 914
'Say Approach Request': Choosing between a runway's ILS and LPV approaches can be more complicated than simply which has the lowest minima. Dec 1, 2017 2257
Maneuvering Speed: Combining the loads imposed by maneuvering with those encountered in turbulence can exceed structural limits. Dec 1, 2017 1279
Timing Is Everything: When dealing with thunderstorms, pilots must consider the delays inherent in transmitting Nexrad imagery to cockpits. Oct 1, 2017 1279
Top five IFR mistakes: once you 're behind the airplane, getting back out in front can be a challenge. Good planning and cockpit management skills can save the day. Sep 1, 2017 1795
Turnback failure: the pilot's attempt to return to the runway when the engine failed shortly after takeoff wasn't successful. Sep 1, 2017 1214
Dark night conditions: especially in mountainous terrain, a good VFR altitude at night is the minimum IFR en route altitude. Aug 1, 2017 1165
Window of opportunity: managing energy during an engine-out situation gives us a chance to get the airplane on the ground. SO does a 'chute. Jul 1, 2017 1262
Taming the taildragger: transitioning to a lighter, slower and smaller airplane, with its little wheel on the wrong end. Mar 1, 2017 1486
Can't You Read the Signs? When your airplane starts talking to you, telling you something's not right, it pays to listen. Mar 1, 2017 1213
When ATC screws up: it doesn't happen often, but when it does you might be on your own. A solid understanding of expectations and your situational awareness are imperative. Feb 1, 2017 2356
Five other ways we crash: losing control remains important, but there are other accident causes we can work on, also. Feb 1, 2017 2103
Automation Casualty? Don't let the autopilot take you into icing conditions. It may not let you out. Feb 1, 2017 1219
Pegging performance: if you know the power setting, configuration and pitch attitude required for various flight regimes, you won't have to work as hard. Jan 1, 2017 1585
Altitude? Or speed? Speed is life in a twin when an engine fails, while singles depend on altitude. Jan 1, 2017 1182
Cloak of invincibility: all the cockpit gadgets and avionics equipment in the world won't help us unless we turn them on. Dec 1, 2016 1159
Off the Beaten Path: when the weather's down and the destination is a VFR-only airport, you have both more and fewer options for your arrival. But there's a gotcha. Oct 1, 2016 1410
Missing Flight plan: When ATC loses your flight plan, departing without an IFR clearance only works if the weather cooperates. Oct 1, 2016 1228
About those acronyms: if you know a better way to teach and explain critical analysis of the dangers a proposed flight might pose, we're all ears. Aug 1, 2016 1291
Revisiting JFK, Jr.: It's a classic case of continuing VFR into IMC. But if his resources couldn't prevent what happened, what chance do you and I have? Jun 1, 2016 2207
Inoperative equipment: if something's not working during the preflight inspection, you may still be able to fly. It depends on what broke and the flight conditions. Jun 1, 2016 1436
Fifteen miles: short hops are high-workload flights, and it's easy to forget the weather here may not be the same nearby. Jun 1, 2016 1215
To file, or not to file: it's a CAVU day all along your route. So why are you in the penalty box waiting on your IFR release? May 1, 2016 1406
Classic CFIT: flying VFR into IMC is never a good idea. It's an especially bad one over mountainous terrain. May 1, 2016 1185
Off the charts: your airplane's absolute best range or endurance power settings and speeds may not be published. If you need either one, start with the power-off best glide speed. Mar 1, 2016 1222
Minimum equipment: systems redundancy only works in the absence of known deficiencies. Mar 1, 2016 1260
Two is better than one? To minimize risk, there can be only one pilot flying the aircraft. Everything else is a supporting role, and communication is key. Feb 1, 2016 1451
Experimental fatals lower for 2015: EAB operators achieved a 20-percent reduction in fatal accidents in FY2015 over FY2014. Feb 1, 2016 875
The impossible turn: unless you've practiced it, land straight ahead when the engine fails shortly after takeoff. Feb 1, 2016 1237
Going around: aborting a landing attempt and coming back for another try isn't difficult, but smoothness counts when you're close to the ground. Jan 1, 2016 1742
FAA formally begins navaid decommissioning: the agency is taking the first steps toward shutting down hundreds of VOR facilities by 2025, in favor of GPS. Jan 1, 2016 1306
Mostly mundane: even an everyday thing like checking the oil can have dire consequences if we let it. Jan 1, 2016 1222
Your altimeter is lying: It's affected by air temperature and pressure, just like the airspeed indicator. Nov 1, 2015 1783
Acro tyro: if you really want to survive your first forays into aerobatics, get some appropriate instruction. Sep 1, 2015 1182
Some weight in the back? It can be easy to pick up a knot or two with an aft CG, but stability may suffer. Be sure to consider fuel burn and plot the expected CG at the end of the flight, too. Aug 1, 2015 1633
Tight circle: when circling to land, it's important to remember stalling speed increases with bank angle. Aug 1, 2015 1284
Time to bite the bullet? As a new crop of ADS-B avionics hits the market, prices are coming down, and feature sets and choices are better than ever before. Is it time? Jun 1, 2015 1314
Top five landing tips: each landing is different, but they all demand managing energy to place the airplane over the runway so it has no choice but to land. May 1, 2015 1885
Losing it: did a misprogrammed panel lead to disconnecting the autopilot and entering a graveyard spiral? May 1, 2015 1038
ADS-B upgrade choices: as the 2020 deadline nears, options and capabilities are getting better but benefits still lag. Nov 1, 2014 1649
Known deficiencies: the first flight after an engine overhaul should be in optimal conditions. Nov 1, 2014 1099
Virtual glideslopes: your WAAS-enabled GPS navigator can lead you into the weeds when flying a published vertical descent angle or using a generated glideslope. Oct 1, 2014 1250
Behind the airplane: trying to salvage a late approach clearance or bad vector can be a recipe for losing control. Oct 1, 2014 1065
Five crosswind fixes: use these tips to help fix problems you might be having with crosswind takeoffi and landings. Jul 1, 2014 1754
Two miles ahead: A King air comes apart in a thunderstorm because the pilot wasn't using his on-board weather radar. Jul 1, 2014 1228
Failure to feather: did the pilot know the props on his high-time engines couldn't be feathered at or below 1000 rpm? Jun 1, 2014 1227
Slowing down: one reason to fly airplanes is to go fast. but eventually you have to slow down, and that when handling characteristics change. May 1, 2014 2016
Doing it yourself: the EARS allow owners and operators to peiform their own basic maintenance, but that doesn't mean you won't need some tools, supplies and guidance. Feb 1, 2014 2187
Pilot-related: an NTSB study compares pilots who got into a weather-related accident to those who didn't the differences highlight ways we can minimize risk. Report Apr 1, 2013 1267
Disoriented: a newly minted instrument rating couldn't keep this pilot out of the weeds. Did a medical condition contribute? Apr 1, 2013 1241
Beyond the MEA: getting as low as possible while remaining IFR can mean a non-stop, light or getting in on a visual. Asking ATC often is the key. Jun 1, 2012 1916
Outside the envelope: check the POH before takeoff when unfavorable conditions like tailwinds and high altitude combine. Jun 1, 2012 1315
A turnback fails: trying to turn back to the runway after a single's engine fails on takeoff is riskier than landing straight ahead. Apr 1, 2012 1269
Learning to love stalls: stalls should be respected, not feared. Understanding how they develop and progress can go a long way toward eliminating any unreasonable fears. Nov 1, 2011 2424
Dissecting the hold: despite currency requirements, for-real holds are too rare for us to stay proficient. Understanding them is easy if we break them down to the basics. Aug 1, 2011 2443
VNE revisited: A recent article on never-exceed speed and aerodynamic flutter may have confused readers. We shouldn't have stated [V.sub.NE] is an indicated airspeed. May 1, 2011 1881

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