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AVmail: November 30, 2015 »

An AVweb reader writes: "I would register my drone prior to flying it above 200 feet AGL. I think it is clear from U.S. v. Causby (1946) that the FAA has no authority to regulate 'the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere' of my property, which in the Causby case is at least 83 feet AGL. Just as my driveway is not part of the federal highway system, the airspace above my property, at least to my treetops, is not part of the NAS." Click through to read comments from other AVweb readers. More

Abnormals »

Things can go "bump" in the night. Daytime, too. Most of them either have been considered before or encountered by someone, resulting in a section of your AFM/POH labeled "Emergency Procedures." More

Tooling Up! »

Very few aircraft builders are not tool hounds. These are the people who walk through the local tool stores with a glazed look in their eyes. They are thankful when their spouse gives them a wrench for a present, even if they already have 12 identical ones in the toolbox. When a tool catalog arrives in the mail, they trip over the first step leading to the front door because they are heads down in the catalog. If this describes you, you need help! More

From Trona to the Poles »

As winter unveils its hand across the nation, it seems appropriate to take a look at one of the last of aviation's "firsts," the aerial circumnavigation of our globe via the Poles. More

Watch Your Step(down) »

Most pilots I know are lazy. Writing as one who has spent most of his career flying airplanes, that's meant to be a compliment. The lazy pilot tends to accomplish the least work necessary in order to achieve the intended goal. This usually improves workload management and provides a greater reserve of attention. However, sometimes laziness can get you into trouble, such as in determining when to intercept and track a glidepath. More

Glass Replacement: What's Involved »

The glass in your bird is looking a little milky, there's some crazing on the windshield and a little crack where the pebble hit. Is it time to replace the windows? How can you tell? What's it going to cost? How can I make the glass last longer? More

Staying In One Piece »

With sunny skies and calm winds, it's a surprise to reach cruise altitude and find a bumpy ride. Though computer modeling is beginning to overcome many limitations in turbulence prediction, the products aren't always accurate and don't convey the nature of the problem. So, it's pretty important for pilots to be well versed in what causes turbulence. More

Things Go Bump In the Night »

So there you are, flying along, proverbially fat, dumb and happy. Suddenly a cacophony of unusual sounds and vibration, accompanied by a pungent smell that pierces the cockpit, and the windshield is sprayed with oil. More

AVmail: November 2, 2015 »

Anthony Nasr writes: "Regarding Paul Bertorelli's blog about gender imbalance: Aviation, as a profession, seems to have set the modern standard on 'imbalance,' an ironic fact given the physical principles on which it is based. Does it make sense to address the subject of gender imbalance without including wage imbalance, race imbalance, age discrimination issues, and others?" Click through to read his thoughts on the issue, as well as other letters from your fellow AVweb readers. More