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FLY A ROUND-ROBNN: It's an old saw that flying is "full of ups and downs," but that's the theme for today's sim challenge. May 1, 2021 1712
FINAL STAGE CHECK. Feb 1, 2021 1728
IDA-HOLE CHARTERS. Feb 1, 2020 1885
ALTERNATE MISSED. Nov 1, 2019 1846
DEADSTICK: THE MOVIE. Aug 1, 2019 2195
LAND OF A MIDNIGHT SIM. May 1, 2019 1663
WENAS RETURNS: The name might possibly make schoolboys giggle, but this diabolical arc sets you up for some interesting emergency returns--again and again. Feb 1, 2019 1748
IT'S IN THE PRESENTATION. Dec 1, 2018 1623
ALPHA DOG. Nov 1, 2018 2331
MISSED THE MEMO: It's a simple LOC approach with a few requirements to get established and fly the missed--until you see it referencing equipment that's been decommissioned. Jun 1, 2018 1269
IN THE FACE OF THE FEDS. May 1, 2018 1762
HOOK A RIGHT ... TWICE. Mar 1, 2018 1289
PAIN IN THE ASPEN. Jan 31, 2018 1758
TEETERING ON MADNESS. Nov 1, 2017 1949
Driving all night. Oct 1, 2017 1533
A bit over ninety: we think about GPS as enabling more capability, But there's a common situation where it's restricted to less. Understanding where and why lets you find ways around it. Sep 1, 2017 1507
It looks like it'll work: a roll-your-own departure isn't an ideal solution, but when the designated procedure requires equipment only available from eBay, what else are you supposed to do? Sep 1, 2017 1301
Points in space. Aug 1, 2017 2389
Not quite by the book. Jun 1, 2017 2025
Charting on the MTA. Jun 1, 2017 1243
Going downhill fast. May 1, 2017 2484
Displacement effect. Cover story Apr 1, 2017 1416
Charting two for one. Apr 1, 2017 1323
Capital line items. Mar 1, 2017 1129
Better best glides. Feb 1, 2017 1921
The IFR Sim Challenge. Feb 1, 2017 2039
I want my GPS. Dec 1, 2016 481
Trust, but verify. Dec 1, 2016 1050
Seeing double. Nov 1, 2016 1112
Frankenstein approach. Nov 1, 2016 794
Lower, less precision. Sep 1, 2016 1141
Flyin' in the raw. Apr 1, 2016 948
Heading to nowhere. Mar 1, 2016 1844
Five lines of minimums. Feb 1, 2016 848
GPS makes us smarter. Jan 1, 2016 2343
Santa s little helper. Dec 1, 2015 1360
Difficult to ignore. Nov 1, 2015 2075
You can't fly that curve. Nov 1, 2015 1189
Famous pavement. Sep 1, 2015 1305
Want RNAV with that? Jul 1, 2015 1222
Looks can be deceiving. Jun 1, 2015 1017
Read beside the lines. Mar 1, 2015 1035
California let down: this should be a breeze in a well-equipped bonanza although at some point you'll have to shrug off all this automation and actually fly. You remember how, don't you? Jul 1, 2013 1207
Texas three-step: an innocuous approach in the middle of nowhere offers a bit more than meets the eye. Even with a moving map, you'll want to think hard about what you should be doing next. Jan 1, 2013 820
Approach light secrets: like Rodney Dangerfield, approach lighting gets no respect. Until it's used to descend a bit further, that is. Fly safer and avoid bending the regs by knowing your lights. Dec 1, 2012 1933
Radial SIDs with GPS: departures are usually simpler to fly than arrivals and approaches. Just make sure you walk through the fine points and know how to use your navigator to fly it. Dec 1, 2012 966
This one will be full stop. Nov 1, 2012 655
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. Nov 1, 2012 1434
Lead radial tip-offs: these crossing points on the arc are more helpful suggestions than hard rules. How you take the hint depends on both the approach in question and your relative velocity. Nov 1, 2012 1182
Hey, is IT supposed to do that? Oct 1, 2012 548
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. Oct 1, 2012 1453
No-arrival sectors: another tale from the land of aviation compromise, where trying to dot every "i" wipes some of the "t"s right off the page. Ah, progress. Oct 1, 2012 796
Will the last one out the door ... Sep 1, 2012 527
No two-for-one here: an ILS approach chart is really two approaches sharing one chart--except when it isn't. Sometimes one little detail way upstream makes all the difference. Sep 1, 2012 902
Alternative attitudes: every day avionics get smarter and smaller (and occasionally cheaper). This year's Oshkosh revealed three devices that push that envelope and might save lives in IMC. Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2012 1687
Unclear on the concept. Aug 1, 2012 493
Maximizing datalink: there's plenty more to using datalink weather than, "Don't fly through the red stuff." By layering information, you can build a more complete picture. Aug 1, 2012 2714
Varied TRSA depictions: we love moving maps, be they in the panel or on the portable. Just remember that they don't always show all the airspace, or even show it in the same way. Aug 1, 2012 944
Keep those NASA forms handy. Jul 1, 2012 621
Flight Service responds: we got our day to grill Lockheed Martin about Flight Service. The takeaway is to expect some new preflight services in the future, but no relief on some common gripes. Jul 1, 2012 1994
Our feathered friends: if you remember which side of a localizer is "blue" and which is "yellow," you're either a historian or a true pelican. You also have an edge when it comes to certain oddball approaches. Jul 1, 2012 436
Later life flight: part two. Jun 1, 2012 634
Troublesome t and a: you've got to mind the details when it comes to takeoff and alternate notes. But it doesn't help when the details themselves don't make logical sense. Jun 1, 2012 812
Looking for eight more lives. May 1, 2012 668
Where is our FS21? Today's briefers carry on a proud history of service as they connect with over 80,000 people a week. But should GA be proud--or abashed--at what "service" means today? Essay May 1, 2012 2258
Counterpoint: go missed now. Brief article May 1, 2012 308
Straight to the middle: the AIM and the ATC bible, the 7110.65, say different things about clearing an aircraft direct to an intermediate fix. If you're not careful, you may end up in a fix yourself. May 1, 2012 1020
Black ops for black boxes. Apr 1, 2012 679
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. Apr 1, 2012 813
Flight begins at 40, or maybe 50. Mar 1, 2012 629
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?. Mar 1, 2012 1736
Height above what? While it's obvious that you now 'line up and wait" where you once positioned and held, that's not the only place international standards are sneaking into your flying. Mar 1, 2012 590
Getting what we pay for? Jan 1, 2012 627
ATC improv in decline: controller staffing levels are on the mend. But the surge of newbies may mean an erosion of some ATC fundamentals and a permanent culture change. Jan 1, 2012 1802
Too much of a good thing. Dec 1, 2011 653
Obstacles on the visual: the most common approach at the end of an IFR flight pulls the plug on automatic obstacle clearance. You might be surprised how little stands between you and eternity. Dec 1, 2011 1785
The IFR-ready pilot: we asked instructors and examiners where pilots fall short in readiness for real-world IFR. Not surprisingly, it comes down to the basics--even in regards to high-tech. Column Dec 1, 2011 1687
It's about engagement. Nov 1, 2011 628
Choices under pressure: we may dream of testing our mettle with a real IMC emergency. But do we have the guts to put our choices under the hard scrutiny of afterthought? This pilot does. Nov 1, 2011 1814
Weekend WX warrior: a two-day workshop on weather will primarily teach you how much you don't know. The unanimous opinion is that it's still worth it however. Nov 1, 2011 1455
The price of progress. Aug 1, 2011 557
Inside the NextGen lab: the FAA's NextGen master plan has more moving parts than a ball-bearing factory. In an integrated simulator at Atalantic city, all those bits are coming together. Aug 1, 2011 1627
WSI pilotbrief's revenge: could a fee-based weather service be worth the cost to a GA pilot when there's so much free weather data online? WSI thinks so, and we think they may be right. Aug 1, 2011 1239
Think to the future, act in the now. 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. Jul 1, 2011 2152
PIREP savvy: do yourself a favor by doing a good deed for others. Giving a good PIREP is probably more important and less onerous than you think. Jul 1, 2011 1299
Failure to project the consequences. 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. Jun 1, 2011 1453
For a landing clearance, press 1. May 1, 2011 562
Slam by the numbers: did ATC just ask for "maximum forward speed" on this approach? That's no problem if you've got a plan. Master it, and you may never want to fly a mundane approach again. May 1, 2011 2113
Mnemonics for glass: catchy words or phrases not only have a place in the world of digital checklists, they can be one of your best tools to make sure you hit all the right notes ... er, buttons. May 1, 2011 1928
What saves a beaver and slays a Cirrus. 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. Jan 1, 2011 1465
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. Jan 1, 2011 612
Talk to me, baby. Dec 1, 2010 551
Flat-screen binoculars: tower's authority rarely extends much past the pattern. A bit of the latest radar, however, can make their job a lot easier and your service a lot better. Dec 1, 2010 1653
Not a real alternate? We all know the alternate you file isn't the one you must use if your primary airport closes, but can you use an airport for an alternate if you know you can't land there? Dec 1, 2010 823
Love and 10,000 hours. Oct 1, 2010 535
Multitudinous misseds: you've briefed the whole chart, right through the missed approach--except for that alternate missed that doesn't seem to connect to any procedure. Should you care? Oct 1, 2010 711

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