Life in a World Without Towers By Paul Bertorelli So now that all the towers are closed, what are we to do? Will chaos reign? Have the dogs of doom been loosed? Not quite, but depending on where you fly, there could be some challenges ahead that will be unnerving. And just to put some numbers on it, the FAA-announced closures will shutter 149 of 516 control towers in the U.S. or 29 percent. It's not a trivial number so irrespective of safety or risk, many of us will have to adapt to operational changes.
Mid-Air Collisions: The Myth And The Math By James E. Lockridge 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.
Why Pilots Lose Their Edge By Tom Gilmore It doesn't take many weeks of sitting on the ground for an instrument pilot to get rusty. Foremost, staying current is one big balancing act.
Cruise Dynamics By Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside We spend most of our time in cruise flight, yet little training time is devoted to the finer points of savvy straight and level.
Learning From Mistakes By Bo Henriksson Our writer cleanses the soul about some of his flying misadventures. He obviously walked away from them, but not before learning some valuable lessons.
The Looking Glass By Paul K. Sanchez New technologies have brought us very capable "glass panels," and they're popping up everywhere. But has training progressed at the same rate?
Circling With Precision By Roger Kontak A circling approach is a visual game made safer with the right mix of math, estimation and skillful instrument flying.
Are You Wasting Avgas? By Aviation Consumer Staff Probably. But at $5 a gallon, you might want to consider an even dozen ways to reduce fuel-related costs of flying.
Five Crosswind Traps By Ray Leis Crosswind landings can be tricky if you don't understand what can go wrong. Do you know how to avoid these five common crosswind traps?