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Entry-Level travel: you can use basic airplanes to travel, but not the same way as more-capable choices. Aug 1, 2017 2341
Soaring school: how i learned about flying airplanes by flying hang gliders. Travel narrative Jul 1, 2017 2135
Stall series: each of the three Basic Stall types demands both competence and respect. mastering them isn't hard, and these tips may help make it easier. Oct 1, 2016 1424
Bottom of the white: when we get slow, we increase the likelihood of losing control, along with the consequences. Sep 1, 2016 2211
Jump-starting ADS-B: an FAA rebate program encouraging ADS-B installations kicks off next month. Here's everything you need to know about it. Aug 1, 2016 1550
The top three ways we lose control: in-flight loss of control is the leading cause of fatal GA accidents, and most often occurs during landing approaches, initial climbs and while maneuvering. Jul 1, 2016 2241
Turn Fundamentals: we can't do without them, but they can bite when we do them wrong. Jun 1, 2016 2377
Why can't Johnny fly: inflight loss of control leads the accident-cause statistics. To help avoid it, learn from the mistakes of others. Aug 1, 2014 2368
Not just for jets anymore: new AoA indicators offer accuracy, predictability and easy installation. Jul 1, 2014 2904
Pressure at work: from simple brakes to landing gear and even to primary controls, your aircraft probably has a hydraulic system relying on you for its care and feeding. Mar 1, 2014 2676
Pre-flight follies: many in-flight problems can be traced back to an inadequate pre-flight inspection. Use a checklist, and watch for these common errors. Oct 1, 2013 2679
Avoiding extreme weather: you can't see what will hurt you. And can see it, you're already too close. Aug 1, 2013 2186
Crosswind considerations: knowing how to apply the basic techniques can help you decide how to handle them or park the plane and wait for better conditions. May 1, 2013 2339
Climb considerations: you perform at least one on each flight, but the math may dictate the best efficiency is found by flying much faster than the published speeds for your airplane. Apr 1, 2013 2381
Out of control: loss-of-control accidents come in many flavors and exact a huge toll. To avoid them, watch your airspeed and plan ahead. Dec 1, 2012 2408
When rabbit won't run: the inoperative table doesn't cover every possible system failure. Plus, you also need to consider facility outages and equipment failures at your alternate. Nov 1, 2012 1689
Pitch? Or power? What they do and how they work together is one of aviation's great debates. The answer is they must be coordinated to achieve the desired performance. Oct 1, 2012 2388
Seven IFR prep tips: proper planning begins a couple of days before the flight and doesn't stop until you're parked at your destination. Sep 1, 2012 2604
Seven IFR exercises: give George a summer vacation and tri these IFR skill-sharpeners to help you prep for the coming winter ... when you might need him. Aug 1, 2012 3136
Handling turbulence: turbulence can be uncomfortable but rarely is life-threatening. Regardless, we usually need to be flying slower than the published maneuvering speed. Jul 1, 2012 3111
Avoiding cockpit distractions: start by turning off the cellphone and keeping a sterile cockpit at high-workload times. Remember: no matter what goes wrong someone has to fly the airplane. Jun 1, 2012 2422
Adding it all up: Asking the "what-if" questions is a good start to managing risk. But how many "no" answers does it take before you change your plan? Apr 1, 2012 2632
Blue-sky briefings: you can't have too many sources, but it's easy to launch without enough information. There's far more to a pre-flight briefing than just weather. Mar 1, 2012 2112
Avoiding illusions: prevent spatial disorientation when transitioning off the gauges with practice and by knowing what to expect when you break out. Feb 1, 2012 1851
You are the judge: like in a courtroom, making judgment calls is a matter of minding the facts. Listen to that little voice in your head when it tells you something is wrong. Dec 1, 2011 2080
Winter tech traps: when properly applied and used, the latest technologies can make a lot of our winter flying much less risky. Understanding the technologies' limitations is key. Nov 1, 2011 2433
Summertime flying: you know enough to stay out of thunderstorms, hut with high density altitude, reduced visibility and poor aircraft performance, they can be the least of your worries. Aug 1, 2011 2439
Deviation avoidance: complicated airspace, procedures and communications all contribute to pilot deviations. Understanding what ATC expects and when is key to preventing them. Jul 1, 2011 1951
How CFIT happens: controlled-flight-into-terrain accidents occur because of cut corners. Flying the published IFR procedure is the best way to prevent them. May 1, 2011 2385
Accuracy landings: putting the airplane down where you want it is a matter of picking the right spot, controlling airspeed and monitoring your progress. Mar 1, 2011 2476
Unknown icing: even if the airframe is clean and dry, water can be trapped inside, freeze at altitude and ruin your day. The only sure cure is a warm, dry hangar. Feb 1, 2011 2830
EFB IQ: know before you go: ditching paper for an electronic solution is the latest fad, but we need to learn how to use it before entering the cockpit. Jan 1, 2011 3350
Five diversion details: choosing a divert airport isn't rocket science, but here are five things you need to consider before making a bad situation a worse one. Dec 1, 2010 2710
Low and slow: there's more to practicing our slow-flight skills than a takeoff and landing. Spending some time perfecting them can pay benefits on every flight. Nov 1, 2010 2682
What goes around comes around ... again: deciding on the go-around is step one; executing it should be done in a thoughtful, logical sequence. Oct 1, 2010 2719
NPAs: stable or not? The WAAS-enabled LPV approach embraces constant-angle, stabilized descents while the old "dive and drive" method may offer greater utility. Sep 1, 2010 2364
Finessing fuel: there are lots of reasons you might be eating into your reserves. Slowing down means greater range and more time to come up with a solution. Aug 1, 2010 2689
When the sparks stop: when confronting an airborne electrical failure, know your aircraft and implement a load-shedding plan to handle the worst-case scenario. May 1, 2010 2430
Flaps for real: Some enhance, some are a drag, but all perform a specific job depending on their design, application, limitations and how we use them. Apr 1, 2010 2797
Why rain is a pain: flying in rain might get you a free rinse but it can also affect your airplane's performance in a variety of ways. Feb 1, 2010 2291
Top five reasons to cancel an IFR flight: just because you have the instrument rating doesn't mean you'll never have to cancel a flight. Dec 1, 2009 2417
Managing stability: most of the airplanes wetly are stable, well-balanced machines when properly managed and flown. Changing that balance can be upsetting. Oct 1, 2009 2098
Unfamiliar airports: first time landing at an airport? Knowing its status before departing isn't hard, but can require some extra effort beyond the usual resources. Sep 1, 2009 2622
Power-off approaches: managing your remaining energy for the no-go-around arrival--so you can walk away. Jul 1, 2009 2470
Beyond standard rate: practicing and perfecting steep turns helps enhance your proficiency, and can come in handy on a dark and stormy night. Jun 1, 2009 2347
Soft field tactics: on anything but pavement, you may need a new way of thinking. Learn to use ground effect to your advantage. Cover story May 1, 2009 2307
You're feeling sleepy ...: fatigue in the cockpit likely is something you brought with you. Learn to recognize when you might be too tired to fly and what you can do about it. Mar 1, 2009 2365
Dangerous passenger tricks: (or, how to survive the well-meaning knows-too-little guest without breaking a sweat.). Feb 1, 2009 2665
Runway considerations: adapting to runway conditions is critical if staying on the strip is important to you. Jan 1, 2009 2444
An airspeed for all occasions: picking the right airspeed and pinning it right where you want it is a simple matter of selecting a power setting and pitch attitude. Dec 1, 2008 2761
Top ten risk reduction steps: manage risk wisely by developing a set of policies to implement when results are too threatening. Nov 1, 2008 2248
Playing short-field for keeps: getting in and out of shorter strips means using pitch and power to nail your airspeeds. Oct 1, 2008 2467
Unfamiliar territory: going wisely where you've never gone before means putting in a lot more preparation than your did for your last trip to Grandma's house. Sep 1, 2008 2310
Maintaining LSAs: with the proper training, LSA owners safely and legally can do their own maintenance and inspections, helping to hold down the cost of flying. Aug 1, 2008 2218
Gust strategies: understanding wind gusts, along with their effect on airframes and airspeeds, gives you an edge against Mother Nature at her most fickle. Jul 1, 2008 2672
Handling failure: now mainstream, airframe parachutes are in aircraft of many shapes and sizes. What it means to pull the handle and when you should do it. Jun 1, 2008 2163
LSA engine safety: the engines powering light sport aircraft have been around a while, but not long enough to establish a safety record, good or bad. May 1, 2008 2024
Safe LSA transitions: a rated pilot transitioning to a light sport aircraft needs to understand the rules and limitations, get some training and consider their capabilities. Cover story Feb 1, 2008 1919
Formation flight survival rules: unless you're trained for it, we don't think it's a good idea. But if you must--a photo mission, for example-here are some safety tips. Cover story Apr 1, 2006 1982

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