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Aviation: Helicopters No Match for Wires and Towers. Instructions May 21, 2021 236
Finite-Time Attitude Control for Quadrotor with Input Constraints and Disturbances. Gao, Zijun; Wang, Jin; Tian, Yaping Report Jul 31, 2020 5372
Segmented Standard Taxi Routes--A New Way to Integrate Remotely Piloted Aircraft into Airport Surface Traffic. Finke, Michael; Lorenz, Sandro Report Jun 1, 2020 10441
Agent-Based Distributed Planning and Coordination for Resilient Airport Surface Movement Operations. Fines, Konstantine; Sharpanskykh, Alexei; Vert, Matthieu Report Apr 1, 2020 14544
After The Prop Stops: Your options for dealing with an engine failure may not be good, but they aren't non-existent. Kenny, David Jack Mar 1, 2019 2086
Lack Of Peer Pressure: Discussing a proposed flight with a pilot-friend can be the difference between success and disaster. Burnside, Joseph E. Feb 1, 2019 1249
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. Burnside, Joseph E. Feb 1, 2019 2122
Shock And Yaw: Don't be surprised when you need to apply some rudder input. Burnside, Joseph E. Jan 1, 2019 1282
Catching A Wave: It's one way to find yourself in turbulence. If you can't avoid the bumps, you'll need to make the best of it. Kenny, David Jack Dec 1, 2018 1802
Five Tips For Flying Turbulence. Brief article Dec 1, 2018 210
Undoing An Upset: If all else fails and you can't prevent a loss-of-control event, some formal upset training may come in handy. Get it now, before you need it. Kenny, David Jack Nov 1, 2018 2138
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. Burnside, Joseph E. Nov 1, 2018 1463
Fixations. Nov 1, 2018 520
Playing 'What If?'. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 209
ELEMENTS OF THE VFR-ON-TOP CLEARANCE. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 124
THAT BEECHJET AT ROME. Brief article Oct 1, 2018 153
Diversionary Tactics: Even if it's clear and a million, you might not be able to land at your destination. Knowing what's nearby can save a lot of drama. Kenny, David Jack Oct 1, 2018 1628
Flying For Money: What challenges does a Part 91 pilot face when transitioning to commercial operations under Part 135? Hart, Mike Aug 1, 2018 2508
Rationalization. Burnside, Jeb Editorial Jul 1, 2018 529
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? Burnside, Joseph E. Feb 1, 2018 1988
STERILE COCKPIT? Brief article Feb 1, 2018 281
Downdraft Dual. Clayton, Kenneth Feb 1, 2018 436
Mountain Flying: Training Required: When the rocks and the density altitude are high, special operating techniques are required. We recommend ground and flight training before going. Durden, Rick Jan 1, 2018 3089
Nine rules to help you avoid the rabbit hole of distraction. Sep 1, 2017 254
Trajectory tracking control of a four rotor unmanned aerial vehicle based on continuous sliding mode controller. Basci, Abdullah; Can, Kaan; Orman, Kamil; Derdiyok, Adnan Report Jun 1, 2017 4002
Squaring off. Burnside, Jeb Editorial Apr 1, 2017 417
Circular patterns: it turns out rounding off the corners is rather easy if you take it step by step. Hand, Terry Mar 1, 2017 2192
Climbing On Top: flying VFR over the top of a cloud deck and the IFR clearance "VFR on top" both have their value when conditions are right. Hart, Mike Jan 1, 2017 2361
Multi-UAVs Cooperative Localization Algorithms with Communication Constraints. Fu, Xiaowei; Bi, Haiyang; Gao, Xiaoguang Report Jan 1, 2017 3341
Takeoffs and landings: the highest-probability Flight phases. Brief article Oct 1, 2016 241
Stalling in the age of the Angle-of-Attack indicator. Oct 1, 2016 389
Go west, young man. Burnside, Jeb Editorial Aug 1, 2016 406
High-risk flights: we flirt with increased risk because we either ignore the obvious or fail to consider more subtle hazards. Wright, Robert May 1, 2016 1964
Flight Tests of Autopilot Integrated with Fault-Tolerant Control of a Small Fixed-Wing UAV. Wang, Shuo; Zhen, Ziyang; Jiang, Ju; Wang, Xinhua Report Jan 1, 2016 3924
Memorable moments: distractions, judgment lapses, peer pressure and poor decisions quickly can turn an otherwise uneventful flight into a memory. Hart, Mike Dec 1, 2015 1406
Five things to get right on your next flight: the accident record tells us a lot about what we can do to prevent adding to it. Oct 1, 2015 1547
Blowin' in the wind: the FAA calls prop wash "thrust stream turbulence. " Whatever you call it, ignore it at your peril. Hart, Mike Aug 1, 2015 1931
Stoppage. Brief article Aug 1, 2015 220
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. Burnside, Joseph E. Aug 1, 2015 1633
IFR on the fly: getting a clearance without filing is easy when ATC cooperates. They will if you're professional about it. Durden, Rick Jul 1, 2015 1981
I'm special. May I come in? Brief article Jul 1, 2015 327
A tale of two clearances. Jul 1, 2015 440
Spin training: understanding how they can develop and how to get out of them really only comes after performing them. Lowe, Clint Jun 1, 2015 1202
Which way will it go? Brief article Jun 1, 2015 316
Where we're going, we don't need roads. Brief article Jun 1, 2015 326
Mastering the zen of flying: to have options, one must be single-minded. Hart, Mike Dec 1, 2014 2694
Illegal entry? Brief article Dec 1, 2014 248
Selected Performance Maneuvers. Brief article Dec 1, 2014 291
Throttled. Nov 1, 2014 375
Flight-planning margins. Oct 1, 2014 484
Regaining sa. Brief article Oct 1, 2014 149
Advanced stalls: straight-ahead stalls are no fun, and they're usually easy to avoid, while other kinds of stalls can hurt you if things get out of whack. Burnside Joseph E. (JEB) Sep 1, 2014 1598
Checklist complete: defining the moment and its meaning. Laboda, Amy Aug 1, 2014 2240
Secondary controls. Aug 1, 2014 2151
Higher is (usually) better: don't be reluctant to spend a little extra time climbing. Some things improve, and you have more options. Jul 1, 2014 1853
Things that go bump in the air: learn to avoid turbulence, and let your passengers keep their lunch. Laboda, Amy Jun 1, 2014 5283
In-flight alignment using [H.sub.[infinity]] filter for strapdown INS on aircraft. Pei, Fu-Jun; Liu, Xuan; Zhu, Li Report Jan 1, 2014 3901 excellent for proficiency: the courses, GPS manuals and scenario-based workshops on Pilot provide a good way for pilots to keep their skills sharp. Durden, Rick Jan 1, 2014 1791
Dissecting the PIO: getting out of synch with the airplane's pitch attitude is known as pilot-induced oscillation. It easy to stop, but only at the right time. Cavagnaro, Catherine Dec 1, 2013 2429
Inadvertent near Whidbey. Adams, Robert Nov 1, 2013 673
The day started out perfect. McAnally, Christopher Nov 1, 2013 957
Too many MAFs. Wiermaa, Jordan Sep 1, 2013 969
Humans and acceleration. Sep 1, 2013 370
Wing shape and ice: some airplane wing designs handle icing better than others. But it's all relative, and the best solution is to avoid ice or get out of it as soon as possible. Laboda, Amy Sep 1, 2013 2692
Avoidance tactics. Sep 1, 2013 430
The fast and the furious: oceana drift. Vey, Billy Sep 1, 2013 1018
Watch your nose. Hanson, Brian Sep 1, 2013 1075
Master the rudder: minimizing drag and maximizing performance through superior footwork. Turner, Thomas P. Aug 1, 2013 2131
In the valleys of good and evil: perspectives on performance flying below terrain from a former flatlander. Hart, Mike Jul 1, 2013 2676
Clearance, we don't need no stinkin' clearance! O'Brien, Brendan Jul 1, 2013 1778
My shortest flight. Miller, Zachary Jul 1, 2013 1839
Who needs ailerons? Turner, David Jul 1, 2013 1171
Bravo Zulu. Jul 1, 2013 482
Key West bliss: we can ill afford to add the element of human error to the causal factors of hypoxic incidents. Fuemmeler, James L. Jul 1, 2013 624
HMLA-467. Brief article May 1, 2013 185
Perceived pressure. Persiani, Matt May 1, 2013 1105
Jamming the music. Lehman, Mike May 1, 2013 816
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. Higdon, Dave Apr 1, 2013 2381
Stupid pilot tricks: pilots don't normally try to be amusing. But when it comes to providing fodder for the NTSB reports, well, sometimes we're downright hilarious. Berge, Paul Jan 1, 2013 2137
Everywhere but there: they tell you to turn. You turn. They tell you to descend. You descend. Sometimes you wonder why they can't just let you fly the airplane. What's up with all that guidance? Kramer, Tarance Jan 1, 2013 2372
Good habits gone bad: there's no dispute: good pilots have good habits and good habits help make good pilots. But, good habits performed at the wrong time or without thinking can have bad results. Shelton, Joe Jan 1, 2013 1280
Riding the storm out: entering turbulence means you need to slow down, but how much? Below the airplane's maneuvering speed to its turbulence penetration speed. Banner, Michael J. Jan 1, 2013 2577
Unpublished holds: you want me to what? Where? En route holds are a rarity but fly enough, especially in high-traffic areas, and you'll get one eventually. You should be prepared. van West, Jeff Nov 1, 2012 1434
IFR under pressure: we're not talking about the anxiety of a slam-dunk vector. The subtleties of the mundane altimeter setting really matter--especially for IFR in the high hills. Dennstaedt, Scott C. Nov 1, 2012 1761
VORs for Armageddon: with everything going to GPS for navigation and position on ATC scopes, what happens if GPS fails? Fear not, the FAA has a plan. Don't you feel better now? Simonds, Fred Nov 1, 2012 1191
Your route on the visual: instrument flight rules are spelled out in meticulous detail, and we yet still uncover ambiguity day after day. Unfortunately, some people seem to seek out ever more. Brenneman, Dog Nov 1, 2012 1534
Hey, is IT supposed to do that? van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2012 548
When ATC says "unable": most controllers want to grant pilot requests. When they decline, it's not just for amusement or out of lassitude. There can be a lot going on backstage the pilot can't see. Kramer, Tarrance Oct 1, 2012 1453
Pilot to act: I'm unable, too. Bowlin, Frank Oct 1, 2012 953
Making IMC transitions: it's often less than a minute of flight at the beginning and the end, but screwing it up can be expensive at best--and fatal at worst. The key is trusting instruments over eyeballs. van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2012 1453
When you're only going IMC for the final 30 seconds. Oct 1, 2012 406
Mag course mismatches: how many direct magnetic courses can there be between two points? Sometimes the answer is three. How many can possibly be right? Actually, all of them. Miller, Jordan Oct 1, 2012 1253
What drives tower nuts: pilots and ATC may not always get along, but they all agree that "special" pilots can ruin everyone's day. Don't be that loose gear in the big machine, especially in the pattern. Kramer, Tarrance Sep 1, 2012 1946
Handling ILS anomalies: even though the ILS is still the gold standard for instrument approaches, it has an Achilles heel that catches even the professionals off guard. Don't let it happen to you. Miller, Jordan Sep 1, 2012 1293
The ASOS blind spot: ASOS myopically reports conditions when unattended. It won't spew out random observations, but it can't be counted on for an accurate and complete picture in all situations. Dennstaedt, Scott Sep 1, 2012 1586
Minimum airspeed: use this skill to learn and demonstrate how an airplane handles when slow, like when landing or taking off. Sep 1, 2012 2586
Low over water: ATC is in charge of traffic management, and we're in charge of getting to our destination alive. When those responsibilities are in conflict, it's up to us to prioritize. Haber, Dennis R. Jun 1, 2012 1090
Bravo Zulu. May 1, 2012 320
Looking for eight more lives. Van West, Jeff May 1, 2012 668
Thanked, spanked or dead: the frequency is can't-get-a-word-in-edgewise busy and ATC's call was unclear, blocked or just missing. You think you know what's next, but you're not sure. What should you do? Ludlow, Chet May 1, 2012 1705
Flying way off track. King, Peter Brief article Apr 1, 2012 354
Proficiency in pieces 2.0: it's easy to lull yourself into believing you're IFR proficient just because you've logged cloud time recently set up a real proficiency program and you'll never fool yourself again. Robinson, Frank Apr 1, 2012 1797
If you don't practice it, you'll likely screw it up. Brief article Apr 1, 2012 166
Stalking the elusive LP: the plate says it's an option. Your GPS software and database are up-to-date. Yet that new LP approach refuses to load. That could be a plus if you like vertical guidance. Collins, John Apr 1, 2012 976
Predicting future IFR: getting real utility out of your aircraft requires confidence you can get home after several days away. here's how to see lifr coming days in advance. Dennstaedt, Scott Apr 1, 2012 1189
When low IFR isn't low enough. Brief article Apr 1, 2012 255
Down to the driggs: every airport with an instrument approach must have some blessed IFR departure. But that doesn't mean you can fly it, and the problem might not be climb rate. Van West, Jeff Apr 1, 2012 813
Gimme a brake. Michaels, Steve Column Apr 1, 2012 505
I felt the plane shake. Wich, Anthony Mar 1, 2012 594
Bravo Zulu. Mar 1, 2012 611
The only hurdle. Kissell, Trier Essay Mar 1, 2012 674
Ready to return in IMC: we espouse always being ready to miss an approach no matter how much we expect to land. How about being ready to call it quits only minutes after we enter the clouds?. Van West, Jeff Mar 1, 2012 1736
Ice equipment failures: flying safely when ice builds on the airframe is challenging enough when everything is working right Here are a few tricks for when it doesn't. Smith, Lee Mar 1, 2012 3035
Back in the saddle: removing the winter's patina of disuse will be a lot easier if you have a good plan. Putting one together requires an honest assessment of what you need. Burnside, Joseph E. (Jeb) Mar 1, 2012 2361
Climb, talk, live: getting a pop-up IFR clearance isn't difficult the hard part is knowing when you need one and acknowledging it's the best solution. Durden, Rick Mar 1, 2012 2658
Engine-related: when trying to resolve in-flight engine issues, success depends on your systems knowledge and having access to the proper tools. Laboda, Amy Feb 1, 2012 2837
Getting disoriented. Brief article Feb 1, 2012 164
Aircrew safety. Brief article Jan 1, 2012 206
Pilot safety. Brief article Jan 1, 2012 209
PT in the days of RNAV: simple in principle, procedure turns can turn ugly if the pilot and the controller aren't on the same page. GPS has made this worse, not better. But that's easily remedied. Ewing, John Jan 1, 2012 1443
Parkersburg express: a well-designed GPS approach makes the process simple for both you and ATC. That's so long as you're both reading off the same sheet of music about procedures and regulations. Jan 1, 2012 1257
Filing for a lat/long: sometimes just knowing the preferred route isn't enough. You need the secret code for putting that route into the system. Collins, John Jan 1, 2012 1002
No fast hands. Bellinghausen, Dan Jan 1, 2012 1852
Fire on the line. Haake, David Jan 1, 2012 1139
Prog'd precipitation: plenty of pilots peruse the prog charts with only the vaguest sense of what they really mean--especially when it comes to forecast precipitation. Here's what you need to know. Dennstaedt, Scott Dec 1, 2011 1013
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. Burnside, Joseph E. Nov 1, 2011 2424
The play-by-play as seen from from ATC's seat. Brief article Nov 1, 2011 279
You cleared me to what? Almost everything ATC tells you to do is old hat. However, some clearances are NASA forms looking for paper. Let's cover the most likely offenders. Bowlin, Frank Nov 1, 2011 1877
Cleared to do what I meant, not what I said. Brief article Nov 1, 2011 317
Aircraft cheat sheets: if you fly irregularly, in more than one type of aircraft, or are just learning to fly on instruments, cheat sheets go a long way towards confidence in IMC. Coyne, Michael Nov 1, 2011 1573
How not to file a pop-up: converting from VFR to IFR in the air is usually a simple matter of asking the nearest controller. There are times when other strategies are better bets, or your only option. West, Jeff Van Sep 1, 2011 1533
What makes you so special? Sep 1, 2011 455
Launching with failures: stuff breaks with utter disregard for the fact that you've got places to go. How far are you willing to stray from a book-perfect aircraft and still lift off into the clouds? Aug 1, 2011 2229
What makes RNAV (RNP)? If you've been paying close attention, you've probably seen some RNAV (RNP) approaches appearing amidst the RNAV (GPS) ones. Here's a primer on what RNP really means. Simonds, Fred Aug 1, 2011 1615
Angle of attack. Froelich, Robert Brief article Aug 1, 2011 205
Under pressure. Worthy, Crista Brief article Aug 1, 2011 202
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. Burnside, Joseph E. Aug 1, 2011 2443
Departure deviation: failing to climb and fly the initial leg of a published departure procedure had predictable results. E., Joseph E. Aug 1, 2011 1251
Open-door policy. Aug 1, 2011 454
Backing into corners. Spann, Rob Jul 1, 2011 1966
Struck by lightning and pressing on. Arnold, Ed Jul 1, 2011 1110
Think to the future, act in the now. Van West, Jeff Column Jul 1, 2011 638
Emergency descent in IMC: that stabilized descent stuff is fine, so long as you've got time and at least one working engine. Too bad catastrophic failures don't always wait for clear skies. Van West, Jeff Jul 1, 2011 2152
Route planning today: ATC radar combined with GPS direct has simplified IFR flying, but has it trashed good airmanship? Not if you use the free time wisely before you kick back and relax. Smith, Lee Column Jul 1, 2011 1488
Shootin VORs with a GPS: regulations dictate what you must use for course guidance, but systems that simply assist you can likely use any navigation source you want. Jul 1, 2011 667
Off the end. Jun 1, 2011 716
Failure to project the consequences. Van West, Jeff Jun 1, 2011 572
Changing destinations: you filed a destination and accepted a clearance to go there, but that doesn't mean you have to follow through. there are plenty of reasons to say one thing but execute another. Van West, Jeff Jun 1, 2011 1453
The IFR preflight: a serious look in the logbooks of many "IFR-legal" aircraft would have even a St. Christopher statue booking seat 23D instead. blind trust has no place in blind flying. Brenneman, Dog Jun 1, 2011 1764
It'll make you feel like pooh. Sicola, Craig May 1, 2011 1130
Shattered expectations. Sagunsky, Dave May 1, 2011 736
Not for the MOA. McNicoll, Steven P. Brief article May 1, 2011 227
No personal minimums: to paraphrase Dirty Harry, "a pilot's got to know his limitations." When it comes to personal minimums, though, arbitrary numbers are worse than no limitations at all. Smith, Lee May 1, 2011 1754
Think ouside the box: managing an in-flight emergency involves training and understanding the failed system. But keeping a cool head and flying the airplane are key. Flokringa, Sue May 1, 2011 2660
Don't brief the approach: pilots can fall behind by thinking too far ahead. Instead, focus in detail on the next action point and have a general idea what must happen next. Pello, Herb Apr 1, 2011 2830
Lapse-rate fundamentals: it's the foundation of what makes clouds benign or vicious, and explains much of the turbulence you'll find in clear air. If you want to take your WX savvy to a new level, start here. Dennstaedt, Scott Apr 1, 2011 1861
Laptop emergency. Berg, Brian Mar 1, 2011 953
Glider lessons: adding the glider rating can teach powered pilots a lot about how to handle an engine-out emergency and squeeze into a small landing area. Gibb, Steven Mar 1, 2011 2750
What saves a beaver and slays a Cirrus. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2011 526
Fly an illegitimate NDB: no, not in actual IMC. But just because your ADF hasn't worked since the Clinton era doesn't mean you can't fly an NDB just for the fun and challenge of it. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2011 1465
Paperless corner cases: launching on a 6500-mile trip with no more paper than a notepad for clearances will put any paperless solution to the test. Surprisingly, there were few surprises. Robinson, Frank Jan 1, 2011 2160
Those mysterious MVAS: unpublished minimum vectoring altitudes tell ATC how low you can go, even if your TAWS display starts turning yellow with concern. Ewing, John Jan 1, 2011 992
Stupid pilot Tricks: our fellow aviators continue to find creative ways to mix aluminum and misfortune, and walk away. Tips to the wise: add some gas, do the math and try to stay awake. Berge, Paul Jan 1, 2011 1803
What is "legal weather"? Do you scour the internet for your preflight weather and then download a DUATS briefing you never read just to prove you got the weather? If so, you're wasting your time. Pestal, Mark Jan 1, 2011 1562
Can't follow the GPS: following the GPS's magenta line makes flying as easy as it does boring. But watch out: not every GPS understands every procedure and the pink road might be a wrong turn. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2011 612
Talk to me, baby. Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2010 551
Botching the missed: we say we're always ready to fly the missed, but real-world testing shows otherwise. Think through your plan and then execute it without getting lost on the way. Koch, David C. Dec 1, 2010 2239
Tips for flying the SFRA: if you know the rules, you can exercise a bit of freedom inside the Washington, D.C., SFRA without danger of becoming a flight of two with a coast guard helicopter. Smith, Lee Dec 1, 2010 1461
Mastering short-haul IFR: when the flight time is short, staying ahead of the aircraft includes offloading tasks from the toughest parts of the flight to whatever low-load moments you may have. Cushing, Evan Nov 1, 2010 2510
Flying high and visual: when there's any kind of major convection in the forecast, flying high and staying visual is usually the best strategy for a comfortable and successful flight. Dennstaedt, Scott Nov 1, 2010 1670
Into uncontrolled air: the airport is uncontrolled, but how about the airspace just above? Savvy pilots know how to use the difference to their advantage, and how a mistake could mean a violation. Shelton, Joe Nov 1, 2010 1780
Stay on the yellow stripe. Hartunian, Bob Brief article Nov 1, 2010 356
V-speeds you don't know: you've memorized the POH speeds and limitations, and you've got a lock on flying the numbers. Guess what, homer: many of the speeds published in your manual are wrong. Coyne, Michael Oct 1, 2010 1770
Telltale flicker. Hoy, Roger Jul 1, 2010 495
Extreme-altitude hazards: flying above 25,000 feet poses a much different set of challenges than at lower levels. You need a different oxygen system, and an emergency-descent plan. Lockridge, James May 1, 2010 2490
Wake turbulence in IMC: "Caution, wake turbulence" is commonplace around busy airports, but have you ever heard it said when you're hard IMC? Us neither, but maybe we should. Robinson, Frank Apr 1, 2010 1798
Mid-air collisions: the myth and the math: Mid-airs aren't always fatal, and all of them can be avoided. Keep up your speed, look outside and vary your aircraft's attitude to eliminate blind spots. Lockridge, James E. Apr 1, 2010 2774
When it's too bad for IFR, Go VFR: A lot of situations can make IFR riskier than flying the same route VFR, even if the en route workload might be higher. Burnside, Joseph E.(jeb) Apr 1, 2010 4957
Hocus Focus in Vermont: radically different minimums are a clue that two seemingly-identical approaches have a hidden difference that could determine whether you clear the rocks or redecorate them. Worley, Ian Mar 1, 2010 1016
Flying the ball: part of understanding turning flight means knowing if what's going on is a skid or slip. That's what the smallest instrument in the panel is for. Burnside, Joseph E. (jeb) Mar 1, 2010 2528
Turning back, again. Burnside, Jeb Feb 1, 2010 447
Five airspeeds you've got to nail: pitch and power equals performance, hut when you need them most, you won't have time to look them up. Turner, Thomas P. Feb 1, 2010 3028
The old conundrum: time vs. Money. Feb 1, 2010 517
What is minimum fuel? The fuel may be running out, but your options aren't. How ATC handles you, however, depends on exactly what you say, as well as how you say it. Kramer, Tarrance Feb 1, 2010 1809
A scan for virtual VFR. Brief article Feb 1, 2010 124
Traffic patterns: everything you once knew about them, along with a few things you probably didn't. Bowlin, Frank Dec 1, 2009 2362
Real-world steep turns: after the checkride, you still need to know how to fly in and out of a steep turn, and what's happening while you're there. Turner, Thomas P. Cover story Dec 1, 2009 2130
The forgotten maneuver: the early stages of a go-around or missed approach is when many stall/spin accidents occur. Why the most critical time during a go-around is the first 60 seconds. Turner, Thomas P. Nov 1, 2009 2624
Pilot safety. Brief article Nov 1, 2009 241
Aircrew safety. Brief article Nov 1, 2009 310
Pilot safety. Brief article Nov 1, 2009 270
Aircrew safety. Brief article Nov 1, 2009 262
Standards of separation: while you're IFR, controllers guarantee certain distances from stationary objects or other flying machines--unless you step in. Kramer, Tarrance Sep 1, 2009 1672
Not-so-cushy departure: departure procedures are too often overlooked in departure planning. Bad idea if you're climbing out between mountains. Van West, Jeff Sep 1, 2009 810
First flight home: flying home a new airplane can pose steal challenges, especially for VFR--only pilots. How two new owners put their heads in the game and lived to tell the tale. Hart, Mike Essay Sep 1, 2009 2341
Beyond the burble: once the airplane's wing exceeds its critical angle of attack, you've got to recover. It can be as simple as relaxing back pressure. Turner, Thomas P. Cover story Sep 1, 2009 3057
Not so fast: if you think you have a headwind more often than a tailwind, that's because you do. Understanding the reasons might make it all easier to accept. Burnside, Joseph E. "Jeb" Aug 1, 2009 2500
The Part 135 way: adopting some Part 135 rules can mean a safer, more organized way to think about the go/no-go decision under Part 91. Smith, Lee Cover story Aug 1, 2009 2384
Performance planning: even in a basic single, weight, weather and wind can have a wide-ranging impact on performance. Use these simple tips and you'll know before you go. Dawson, Sam Jun 1, 2009 2391
Getting higher: flying in the mid-teens buys you several benefits, but it's not without a price. Before going that high, there are a few things you need to know. Turner, Thomas P. Jun 1, 2009 2612
Beyond standard rate: practicing and perfecting steep turns helps enhance your proficiency, and can come in handy on a dark and stormy night. Higdon, Dave Jun 1, 2009 2347
Using en route alternates: making good continue/don't-continue decisions would be a lot easier if you weren't flying at the time. So, just stop flying. Van West, Jeff Mar 1, 2009 923
A different ditching: the story of my ditching, what I learned from it and how I do things a little differently today. Laboda, Amy Mar 1, 2009 2698
Dangerous passenger tricks: (or, how to survive the well-meaning knows-too-little guest without breaking a sweat.). Higdon, Dave Feb 1, 2009 2665
Mobile flight planning: mobile devices provide amazing functionality to pilots, but haven't quite worked their way into the cockpit yet. Smith, Lee Feb 1, 2009 1158
The emergency atoll: if you're shooting this approach, you're either in the service or in big trouble. At least you don't have to worry about cell towers. McNamee, Jeff Feb 1, 2009 810
Prep'd for the pop-up: when VFR is no longer an option, you may be ready to hit the gauges, but you've got to sing the right tune for ATC to play along. Pestal, Mark Jan 1, 2009 2012
Stupid pilot tricks: political promises come and go. The stock market gets St. Vitus' Dance. But every January we skewer aviation's inept and inapt. Garvey, Jane Jan 1, 2009 1962
Pattern-altitude SID: when the DP is notorious for earning altitude busts, the key is reducing the task load. Singer, Neil Brief article Jan 1, 2009 339
Pitch and power exercises: some suggestions to help better understand the interrelationships of pitch and power to airspeed and altitude. Bowlin, Frank Jan 1, 2009 2868
Runway considerations: adapting to runway conditions is critical if staying on the strip is important to you. Higdon, Dave Jan 1, 2009 2444
Fly like a freight dog: you don't have to stay up all night to find out how cargo pilots get the job done year-round. Here are five easy steps. Smith, Lee Dec 1, 2008 1712
Flat light flying: when mother nature plays illusionist, knowing her tricks in advance may prevent you from being duped. Holston, Ken Dec 1, 2008 1962
Mission mind: stop thinking go/no-go and start thinking "How am I going to make this work?" When you do, new options appear. Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2008 1628
Not on my frequency: don't think you need that ADF anymore? It might still be useful for getting the right altimeter setting out in the hinterlands. Dec 1, 2008 408
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. Higdon, Dave Dec 1, 2008 2761
Flying all the angles: why measuring your wing's angle of attack can increase your flight safety. Emberson, Cory Nov 1, 2008 2411
Christine's lust for mayhem. Larson, Christopher Nov 1, 2008 1761
Rollin' on rims. Swords, Melanie Nov 1, 2008 1125
Maximizing efficiency: spending some extra time effort to minimize drug and weight while changing the way you fly can pay real dividends. Leis, Ray Oct 1, 2008 2545
Playing short-field for keeps: getting in and out of shorter strips means using pitch and power to nail your airspeeds. Higdon, Dave Oct 1, 2008 2467
Stay away from the ATC police. Van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2008 568
Baby steps to NextGen: figuring out the what ATC's NextGen service will be is a hot debate, but pieces of the puzzle are already being installed. Richardson, Charles D. Oct 1, 2008 1088
Ignore the ILS: don't always assume the ILS is the best way to go when the weather is low. TERPS logic occasionally defies common sense. Van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2008 690
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. Higdon, Dave Sep 1, 2008 2310
Batteries not required: revisiting basic navigation skills can help enhance your situational awareness, especially when all the fancy stuff goes dark. Blank, Phil Sep 1, 2008 2111
Forget the checklist: in an emergency, reaching for the checklist could be the worst thing to do. Know and perform your aircraft's memory items, then grab the checklist. Turner, Thomas P. Sep 1, 2008 1636
Raising the dead: in conventional twins, juggle weight, speed, bank angle and altitude to achieve maximum single-engine performance. Daidzic, Nihad E. Aug 1, 2008 2520
Leading the turns: lead radials are a thing of mystery to the new instrument pilot, but a pro can get nearly perfect leads every time. Here's how. Brenneman, Dog Aug 1, 2008 2658
The Spin I'm In. Rycquart, Barbara Letter to the editor Jul 1, 2008 213
The turnback envelope. Letter to the editor Jul 1, 2008 505
Gust strategies: understanding wind gusts, along with their effect on airframes and airspeeds, gives you an edge against Mother Nature at her most fickle. Higdon, Dave Jul 1, 2008 2672
HT-28. Brief article Jul 1, 2008 253
No flaps, no slats, no problem. Dobson, Chris Personal account Jul 1, 2008 2465
Complacency. May 1, 2008 498
On a mission: thunderstorms: the best advice when dealing with thunderstorms is "don't." The pros offer their strategies on avoidance. Turner, Thomas P. Apr 1, 2008 2309
Trimming: effectively using the secondary flight controls means we first have to learn using the primary ones. Pardo, Jeff Mar 1, 2008 1876
Automation complacency: know when to use that expensive magic in your panel. Sometimes, it's just easier and simpler to hand-fly the airplane. Bowlin, Frank Mar 1, 2008 2359
Dark corner: too often, pilots do too much to please ATC. Just say no to requests to operate at the envelope's corners. Burnside, Joseph "Jeb" E. Mar 1, 2008 1305
Hazreps: hazreps can happen to you. Carstens, Brett Mar 1, 2008 429
Think ahead of ATC: sow your plan in the mind of ATC and watch it grow into a thing of beauty. It's just a matter of knowing what to ask for and when. Berge, Paul Feb 1, 2008 1290
Watch your feet and hands. Brief article Feb 1, 2008 148
Turn dynamics: turning is one of the four fundamentals learned early in our flight training, but the accident record says we all need a refresher. Saini, Meredith Feb 1, 2008 1696
Tools: before taking off, we need to ensure the aircraft we're using is up to the task. Burnside, Joseph "Jeb" E. Feb 1, 2008 1256
Getting no WX from ATC: thunderstorms can catch you sleeping any time of year. Don't expect the controller to give you a heads-up, either. Miller, Bob Jan 1, 2008 2344
On a mission: managing ice: the techniques with which mission-oriented operators using smaller aircraft stay out of ice are the same ones you'll use this winter. Turner, Thomas P. Dec 1, 2007 2599
Hurry up and crash: when we're behind schedule, overlooking or ignoring certain basic tasks directly impacts safety. Burnside, Joseph "Jeb" E. Nov 1, 2007 1287
Pushy pax? Feign, David Nov 1, 2007 499
Smart pilot tricks: every year we reflect on the annals of aerial idiocy in our "Stupid Pilot Tricks." But what about the screw-ups that almost happened? Garvey, Jane Nov 1, 2007 1476
Fireproof gloves. Van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2007 567
Just let AFSS fade away: everyone is in a tizzy because the Flight Service system is broken. Here's a novel idea: let's not fix it. Russo, Ross Oct 1, 2007 1065
Five-headed departure: there are actually five kinds of departure airspace. Here they are in a nutshell, including when you should fly them. Oct 1, 2007 799
Beachfront beacon: NDBs may seem passe, but the accomplished pilot still knows how to grease the bearings. Holston, Ken Oct 1, 2007 1014
Go/no-go in today's GA: do high-end avionics and safety equipment affect the go/no-go decision? You bet. The real question is: Should they? Dennstaedt, Scott C. Sep 1, 2007 1953
IFR into VMC: pilots who regularly file and fly IFR can find themselves with some very rusty VFR skills right when they might need them the most. Pardo, Jeff Sep 1, 2007 2516
Why it went wrong: why do pilots come to make blatantly bad decisions? Can we catch those bad choices before it's too late? Turner, Thomas P. Sep 1, 2007 3210
Ground reference. Feign, David Sep 1, 2007 509
Unusual recoveries, II: from time to time, seemingly new recovery methods for unusual attitudes are introduced. How do alternative schemes compare to tried-and-true standards? Stowell, Rich Jul 1, 2007 2422
Flight planning's new age: with the recent, ongoing upheavel at flight service, we can't count on a briefer's local knowledge or interpretation. Instead, we have to do it ourselves. Burnside, Joseph E. Jul 1, 2007 2266
Patterns of risk: everything we do in an aircraft follows a pattern, but interruptions occur. Recognizing and responding to those interruptions are key. Turner, Thomas P. Cover story Jul 1, 2007 2853
High and hot: it's the time of year when temperature and altitude rob performance. Here's how some East coast flatland pilots dealt with those and other challenges out west. Saini, Meredith Jul 1, 2007 1808
VOR OTS UFN: even for the majority of /G fliers, pilots must know which VORs are offline when cruising IFR. At least, that's what the rules say. Jul 1, 2007 749
Habits, not checklists: get your act together by taking a fresh look at how you tackle the tasks of flight. The less you think about it, the better off you'll be. Bowlin, Frank Jul 1, 2007 1967
What ATC wants from you: controllers do their best for us, but sometimes pilots don't make it easy. We found out what ATC wishes we did better. Shelton, Joe Jun 1, 2007 2003
Airborne radar 101: if you can use a flashlight, you can run radar. It's fun to study the basics in case you get a shotgun seat with a corporate pal. Holston, Ken Jun 1, 2007 1968
Getting to the airshow: it's the season to fly in to airshows big and small. Everyone is watching. Don't leave them sadly shaking their heads. Rozendaal, Doug Jun 1, 2007 1357
Going around: perhaps just as important as landing is learning how not to land. Perfect the go-around maneuver so you can land after the next approach. Saini, Meredith Jun 1, 2007 2890
Procedure vs. technique: everything we do in or around an aircraft needs a reason. We need to think about what we do, why we do it and how we can do it better. Or not at all. Pardo, Jeff Jun 1, 2007 1900
Unusual recoveries: from time to time, seemingly new unusual attitude recovery methods are introduced. How do alternative schemes compare to tried-and-true standards? Stowell, Rich Cover story Jun 1, 2007 2777
Fly through a forecast: no matter what you fly, getting the most from your aircraft means matching your weather plan with your performance envelope. Dennstaedt, Scott C. May 1, 2007 2963
The CFI-I's top ten: if you gather a bunch of pilots and ask 'em what makes a good pilot, you can anticipate an earful. Here's the best of the chatter. Holston, Ken May 1, 2007 1696
Report this: we report all the time when we make a quick readback, but there are all those reports that we never do, until we stop painting on radar. Wharton, T.J. May 1, 2007 1534
Approaches by George: coupled approaches aren't as simple as you might think. Surprise: Training and practice are the keys. Bowlin, Frank May 1, 2007 1607
Fly the wing: many maneuvering accidents involve a stall close to the ground after pulling too many Gs. What happens, and how to recognize and prevent it. Logue, Paul Apr 1, 2007 2490
Engine-out IFR approach: you're IMC, the engine just quit and the nearest airport doesn't have a published approach. How to use your GPS to create an instrument approach to that runway. Dougherty, Frank Apr 1, 2007 2713
Takeoff expectations: apply full power at one end of the runway and the airplane should be airborne before the other. But do you have a plan for when the engine coughs? Pardo, Jeff Apr 1, 2007 2612
Pitch + power = performance: complying with the laws of aerodynamics isn't just a nice idea; it's mandatory for safe, controlled flight throughout an airplane's entire operating envelope. Stowell, Rich Table Mar 1, 2007 2391
Mellow yellow: as enticing as it may be even in smooth air, flight in the airspeed indicator's yellow arc risks structural failure and more. Burnside, Joseph E. Mar 1, 2007 1913
Why e-charts just don't fly. Bertorelli, Paul Feb 1, 2007 453
Wrench in the works: while true mechanical failures are rare, they do happen. Some flights are more prone to stuff breaking and you ought to be prepared. Garvey, Jane Feb 1, 2007 1894
The invisible barrier: you won't find it on a high or low chart, but if you try to fly through on the wrong day, you'll get vectored the long way around. Richardson, Charles Jan 1, 2007 876
Going vertical: the VNAV feature seems to be the last trick pilots learn on their GPS, yet it has the greatest potential to make you fly like a pro. Rozendaal, Doug Jan 1, 2007 1000
Hands full: sometimes, in-flight emergencies can overload us. We have to take control of the situation. Burnside, Joseph E. Jan 1, 2007 1330
Late-night swim: as I passed through the runway 29 overrun, my taxi light illuminated a cliff and the dark void of water just beyond. Walker, Jason Jan 1, 2007 1989
Bravo zulu. Jan 1, 2007 791
Spatial D in to goo. Anderson, Geoff Jan 1, 2007 1324
You never forget your first ... Martin, Ron Jan 1, 2007 1543
A good-deal flight. Van Allen, Warren Jan 1, 2007 787
Situational awareness: constantly evaluating our progress means more than glancing at the moving map. We also need to expect the unexpected and be prepared to change our plans. Kern, Tim Dec 1, 2006 2735
A spiral-up departure: modern avionics don't mean more utility unless you mix your technical know-how with the right helping of common sense. Castlen, Bill Dec 1, 2006 1477
Cold-weather prep: as winter sets in, it's time to change our thinking to accommodate the weather. We can start with prepping for cold-weather flying. Leis, Ray Nov 1, 2006 2672
How to stop: landing is only part of the story; you still have to stop. How you use your brakes can mean the difference between "book" performance and a trip through the weeds. Nov 1, 2006 2387
New to the flight levels? The high teens and low twenties are popular altitudes to fly but come with their own challenges. It's just enough different that you may need this refresher. Turner, Thomas P. Nov 1, 2006 2933
Three rules. Oct 1, 2006 487
Montezuma's revenge: sure, there are bunch more gizmos to look at, but you're up to the task of flying some big iron, aren't you? Singer, Larry; McCloy, John Oct 1, 2006 1406
The four horsemen: rarely is it a single, catastrophic event that causes a wreck. But how do you decide when enough little things are enough? Oct 1, 2006 664
Avoiding airframe failure: airframe failures are rare, but they do happen. By paying attention to how and where you fly, as well as maintenance, they're preventable. Here's how. Turner, Thomas P. Sep 1, 2006 2679
Top five ditching myths: even if you never venture out over a large body of water, ditching your airplane in a lake or river is a real possibility. WeBsTer, Bryan Sep 1, 2006 2526
Getting better with weather. Van West, Jeff Editorial Sep 1, 2006 529
Seat-of-the-pants holds: when you forget to time your hold on a VOR, let the OBS cue your turn back in. McCloy, John Sep 1, 2006 689

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