The Pilot's Lounge #135: Think You Fly IFR? Meet Dave Hertel and Friends at the Hump By Rick Durden Weather, ice, and keeping track of all those instruments can keep you pretty busy during a routine flight, eh? Imagine staying on top of the gauges in a 1940s-era cockpit, with the boys at the front lines of World War II relying on you to deliver supplies in even the most forbidding weather. The thought crossed Rick Durden's mind recently, and he knew just who to consult a pilot who flew under those conditions day-in, day-out. Dave Hertel joins Rick in the latest installment of "The Pilot's Lounge" to reflect on challenges that might give you a few gray hairs just to read about.
The Pilot's Lounge #134: Gear Up, Good Night Flying Freight in the Not-So-Good Old Days By Rick Durden While it is fashionable in some circles to assert that society is falling apart and that if only we could return to the ways of yore, all would be well, in the world of Part 135 flying, it simply isn't true. The cowboy days of operators cutting every corner possible trying to make a buck while the FAA looked the other way killed way too many people.
The Savvy Aviator #64: The Pre-Buy By Mike Busch Thinking of selling your aircraft? Looking to buy a "pre-loved" one? Here are some eye-opening "war stories" about pre-buys gone wrong, and some advice about how to avoid getting burned.
The Savvy Aviator #63: Recommended or Required? By Mike Busch Your aircraft is undergoing its annual inspection, and your IA tells you that he has to perform some costly maintenance task because the manufacturer says it's required. But is it really?
Across the Pond #22: Report from Europe By Liz Moscrop AVweb's European correspondent Liz Moscrop pays a fond farewell to the Robin and the Kestrel manufacturers and tells why it is vital to speak up in Europe now.
Leading Edge #22: Night VFR Risk Management By Thomas P. Turner The airplane may not know it's dark, but the pilot does, and the accident record shows it. AVweb's Thomas P. Turner helps reduce the risk of night flight.
Probable Cause #64: Healthy Respect By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside Although you might not tell the FAA about it, are you absolutely certain you're healthy enough for this flight?
The Pilot's Lounge #130: Competition Spot Landings By Rick Durden If you think spot-landings within 100 feet of the required spot are a challenge, try it without power on approach. And do it within 20 feet of the mark. AVweb's Rick Durden can do it now.
Probable Cause #63: Stick To The Procedure By Brian M. Jacobson Instrument currency is more than simply controlling the aircraft in the clouds. Currency also means making the right decisions when weather goes sour.
Leading Edge #21: Remember Your Cowl Flaps By Thomas P. Turner If you want to protect your engine and get better cruise speed, pay attention to that other cockpit control during your high-performance aircraft checkout.
Across the Pond #20: Report from Europe By Liz Moscrop Half of Europe seems to be in Wisconsin for EAA AirVenture this month, so it's left to those of us over here wishing we were there to scout around for what's new this side of the pond.