Features

Fly On the 4th of July »

It's the Fourth of July—go fly. On a basic level, it's summer in the northern hemisphere so enjoy it in the air—if you're in the southern hemisphere, it's the dead of winter, you probably haven't been flying enough, so go get some of the rust off. On another level, unapologetically, it's my country's Independence Day, and I think that one of the best ways to celebrate it is by going flying. More

When ATC Says 'Unable' »

Judgment is the cornerstone of the air traffic control profession. This basic trait, common among thousands of successful air traffic controllers worldwide, allows controllers to face a variety of situations—including unusual pilot requests—and act appropriately. More

A Considered Decision »

A pilot who had been trained in emergency procedures for the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System acted in accordance with his training and saved two lives in a severe turbulence encounter. More

Pilots and Mechanics: Improving the Relationship »

Pilots/aircraft owners and mechanics/shops need each other to survive, yet the love-hate relationship between them seems to wax and wane, depending on the person you spoke with last. Good communications and reasonable expectations are key to keeping things running smoothly. More

Dancing With the Crosswind »

It never seems to fail. You reserve the airplane for an early morning departure for the family vacation. Then the delays add up and you arrive at beautiful Lake Runamuck as the turbulence reaches its glorious maximum, the winds are 270 at 15 gusting to 20, the runway is oriented north and south and is 75 feet wide. More

Used Aircraft Guide: Citabria and Decathlon »

Owners who fancy aerobatics might lust after a Pitts S1 or an Extra 300. But then reality sets in. And that’s why so many owners gravitate toward the Citabria or the Decathlon, starter aerobatic airplanes that turn out to have much more capability than many realized until they take a close look. More

Glider Add-On »

Several years ago, I bought my husband a ride in a glider as a gift, and I latched on to the idea of learning to soar. I had read and heard about how flying gliders could add to the safety of flying an airplane, not only as a result of the skills and judgment learned but also by improving basic stick and rudder work. More

Joe's Lockheed »

Thank goodness there are passionate and determined owners of vintage aircraft in this world. Due to people such as Joe Shepherd, the lives of we who are crazy about flying machines have been vastly enriched because we get to see the results of their passion fly rather than gather dust. Shepherd owns, and regularly operates, a flying rarity, a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior. More

When It All Goes Dark »

Wait a minute. . . The panel lights are dimming? When was the last time we checked on the aircraft’s electrical system? A quick glance at the meter confirms our fear. We are in the midst of an electrical system failure, and like countless pilots, we were guilty of not monitoring the electrical meter until we had eaten well into our battery supply. More