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Sikorsky S-38 Project »

It's probably safe to just come right out and say it: Walter Treadwell is not your typical homebuilder. In fact, he's something of a legend around his local airport. The latest project of the World War II combat pilot is a scratch-built, 55 percent-scale replica of a 1928 Sikorsky S-38 amphibian. More

The Invisible Hand »

The Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Warrenton, Virginia is responsible for the entire National Airspace System. Unlike tower or radar controllers who micromanage up to 30 planes at a time, the ATCSCC oversees the five thousand or so aircraft at any given moment over the United States. More

Used Aircraft Guide: Piper Arrow »

It seems there's always an Arrow on the ramp as well as a good selection of them on the used market. Flight schools have long sworn by them as relatively economical complex trainers, and owners report happy relationships with their combination of useful load and range. Through longevity and numbers, it may have replaced the Bonanza as the ubiquitous retractable single. More

Your Flight Review — From Surviving to Thriving »

What's not to love about a flight review? You get to spend a bare minimum of two hours doing something virtually everyone hatesóbeing evaluated. Getting involved from the start can help you turn your flight review from something to be survived to an enjoyable experience that will make you a better pilot. More

Partial Panel Peculiarities »

In developing training scenarios, it's important to tailor the training to the actual configuration of the aircraft with regard for the likelihood of multiple unrelated simultaneous failures. The purpose of the exercise is to prepare pilots for realistic failures in the aircraft they normally fly. More

AVmail: February 16, 2015 »

Steve Mann writes: "I'm a commercial pilot and small drone operator and want to thank you for not joining the unfounded media hysteria over small UAV operation in the U.S. ... In the 1960s, pilots were encouraged to report UFO sightings, and today it's drones. There is no difference but the name of the sightings. I would suggest there's usually nothing there. There is absolutely no factual evidence to support the fear and ignorance around small personal drones. There have been hundreds of thousands of hours of flight time using these small aircraft, yet there is not one verifiable report of a drone crash that resulted in a serious injury to someone not connected to the flight. Not one." Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More

Choosing A Refurb Shop »

The selection process for a refurb shop is nearly identical to that of choosing a good maintenance shopófinding a facility that is professional, will give estimates for all work, won't do any work without your approval and will do the refurb process in partnership with you, the aircraft owner. More

Turbocharging Systems »

Turbocharging systems get somewhat of bad, but to a degree, deserved rap for requiring more than their fair share of maintenance and pilot workload. They certainly have to deal with more than their fair share of very hot air and have to spin at dazzling rpms to do their jobs. More

Five Tips From ATC »

We bow to no one in our willingness to reject ATC clearances and forcefully but politely seek what we want and need from a controller. Since our chair usually is moving faster than their's, we cop the attitude that our needs are more important than ATC's. At the same time, we certainly understand controllers often have little flexibility in responding to our needs, whether due to their own requirements, conflicting traffic we know nothing about or high workload. But they also need things from us: basic airmanship, concise communication and the ability (willingness?) to follow instructions. To put it another way, both sides of the pilot/controller relationship have expectations. We know what ours are; What are their's? To find out, we asked a controller-friend working in an ARTCC in the Midwest U.S. to share with us his top five pet peeves. Here's what we learned. More

You Landed — Now What? »

I love GPS. It's absolutely great the way you can program the most complex route from anywhere to anywhere else. With a little help from your friends at the other end of the radio, you can often even just make a straight (great-circle) line to your destination, or at least to some intermediate point. GPS is great. More