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Your New Airplane: Becoming legal and safe are mandatory when tackling a new-to-you aircraft. But what you should be aiming for is becoming comfortable, which takes time. May 1, 2022 2175
Flocking Together: Hitting one or more birds with your airplane doesn 't always have a miraculous ending. May 1, 2022 1232
VFR Into IMC, Part n+1 Spatial disorientation once again results in the pilot of a capable airplane losing control in IMC. Mar 1, 2022 1117
Unfamiliar Choices: Without some research, it's easy to miss right traffic patterns or the best options when an engine goes walkabout shortly after takeoff at new-to-us locations.. Feb 1, 2022 1733
Slowing And Stopping The typical personal airplane has lousy brakes, which can make some landings more exciting than they need to be. It's best to slow down sooner rather than later.. Feb 1, 2022 1623
Appropriate Automation Which level of cockpit automation is appropriate? The one that eases your workload the most. Often, it's best to reconfigure the airplane manually. Jan 1, 2022 1029
Doing The Wave Getting up close and personal with mountainous terrain can easily exceed climb capabilities. Jan 1, 2022 1274
Polishing Your Scan: Our Top Five Tips: Thanks to automation, vectors, moving maps and visual approaches, your instrument scan likely needs some polishing. Use these tips to get back in the groove. Dec 1, 2021 2394
Night Marginal VFR: Weak instrument skills/systems knowledge combine for a night MVFR takeoff, with predictable results. Dec 1, 2021 1140
VFR On An IFR Clearance: In its quest for flexibility, ATC offers IFR operators some VFR procedures designed to maximize efficiency. But is the juice worth the squeeze? Nov 1, 2021 2028
Feeling The Pressure: Stress comes from various sources and can distract us from any number of tasks in the cockpit. The only winning move is not to play. Nov 1, 2021 2022
Pilot Incapacitation: In cold weather, warming the passengers may also mean allowing lethal exhaust gases into the cabin. Nov 1, 2021 1229
If X, Then Y: Program yourself with the predetermined responses you've already decided to employ when conditions force you to change your plans. Sep 1, 2021 2159
Course Reversal In IMC: It's a maneuver the VFR-only pilot should practice, but probably doesn't. Sep 1, 2021 1108
The Engine-Out Glide: When your airplane turns itself into a badly designed glider, where to go and at what speed are prime concerns. Practice makes the choices more informed.. Aug 1, 2021 1958
Every Rule In The Book: What appears to have been total refusal to follow basic standards has an inevitable conclusion.. Aug 1, 2021 1235
Personal Minimums? They're fine... until they aren't. Applying objective values to subjective situations can create a conflict, perhaps forcing you to break them. What then? Jul 1, 2021 2144
Oshkosh Or Bust: Pilots always are underpressure to complete their mission, but sometimes we shouldn 't even take off. Jul 1, 2021 1160
Managing Advanced Training Risks: Transitions, learning instruments and twins, and recurrent training, can raise complacency issues. Jun 1, 2021 2097
Pitch Trim Runaway: While automated flight systems generally are reliable, we need to be vigilant and prepared to disable them. Jun 1, 2021 1098
Stall Series: There are many ways to exceed a wing's critical angle of attack. Periodically running through this series of the four main types of stalls can help you avoid them. Feb 1, 2021 2399
In A Hurry To Get Down: If you have to descend through a hole in the clouds, slow down so you won't break the airplane. Feb 1, 2021 1243
Nine Numbers You Need To Know: As much as we might not want to admit it, aviation is a numbers game. Some of them, like weight and fuel remaining, are more important than others. Jan 1, 2021 2590
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 2074
Mountain Obscuration: Wishing and hoping for a hole in the clouds below you is not a plan. Oct 1, 2020 1244
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 2049
The Unstretchable Glide: When your only engine fails, it's ultimately up to you to choose where to land, not ATC. Aug 1, 2020 1236
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 2298
Full Deflection? Heeding maneuvering speed protects against gusts or abrupt control movement. What if they're combined? Jun 1, 2020 1141
Defensive Flying: Especially in the traffic pattern, fly like everyone is out to get you, because they probably are. Even ATC. May 1, 2020 2245
Ready To Burst: Don't let 'get-home-itis' lead you to try landing when there are thunderstorms about. May 1, 2020 1148
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 1812
Special VFR: It's not VFR. It's special. Mar 1, 2020 2057
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 1228
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 2049
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 1991
Weather Awareness: This classic example of blundering into poor weather is all too common, but continues to happen. Feb 1, 2020 1179
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 2269
Professionalism: It can be defined in many ways, but we know it when we see it, and when we don't. Jan 1, 2020 1131
Getting It Wet: You spent a lot of time and money getting your instrument rating. What's next? Dec 1, 2019 2556
The Zero-Zero Takeoff: Taking off in conditions below approach minimums doesn't afford us much of a margin for error. Dec 1, 2019 1191
Preflight, Interrupted: We all get distracted sometimes, but we must learn to recognize when it happens and respond appropriately. Sep 1, 2019 1204
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 2375
Flying The Big Engine: Mods changing an airplane's performance, especially its fuel consumption, might not be well-documented. Aug 1, 2019 1012
Child Is My Copilot: Flying with infants and small children can pose a unique new set of constraints and considerations. Jun 1, 2019 2476
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 1094
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 1199
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 2119
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 1812
Lack Of Peer Pressure: Discussing a proposed flight with a pilot-friend can be the difference between success and disaster. Feb 1, 2019 1241
Shock And Yaw: Don't be surprised when you need to apply some rudder input. Jan 1, 2019 1279
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 1589
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 1205
Test Pilot: An aircraft's first flight after a major modification can go wrong several ways, especially if it involves stalls. Dec 1, 2018 1241
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 1457
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 1299
Beyond Flaps: Wing flaps are common on personal airplanes, but they re not the only way to go slow safely. Sep 1, 2018 1280
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 1221
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 2464
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 1217
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 1260
Gust Front: Even if conditions appear calm at the airport, taking off as a thunderstorm approaches is a really bad idea. May 1, 2018 1158
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 1259
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 1959
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 1464
Low, Slow And Heavy: Anytime we're maneuvering close to the ground, an inadvertent accelerated stall can be catastrophic. Feb 1, 2018 1096
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 1361
Advancements. Dec 1, 2017 913
'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 2239
Maneuvering Speed: Combining the loads imposed by maneuvering with those encountered in turbulence can exceed structural limits. Dec 1, 2017 1250
Timing Is Everything: When dealing with thunderstorms, pilots must consider the delays inherent in transmitting Nexrad imagery to cockpits. Oct 1, 2017 1268
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 1790
Turnback failure: the pilot's attempt to return to the runway when the engine failed shortly after takeoff wasn't successful. Sep 1, 2017 1208
Dark night conditions: especially in mountainous terrain, a good VFR altitude at night is the minimum IFR en route altitude. Aug 1, 2017 1163
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 1245
Taming the taildragger: transitioning to a lighter, slower and smaller airplane, with its little wheel on the wrong end. Mar 1, 2017 1478
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 1207
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 2359
Five other ways we crash: losing control remains important, but there are other accident causes we can work on, also. Feb 1, 2017 2101
Automation Casualty? Don't let the autopilot take you into icing conditions. It may not let you out. Feb 1, 2017 1216
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 1580
Altitude? Or speed? Speed is life in a twin when an engine fails, while singles depend on altitude. Jan 1, 2017 1175
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

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