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Lockheed-Martin: User-Friendly Pilot Services »

Sometimes I feel as if Lockheed-Martin Flight Services is the Rodney Dangerfield of aviation—no matter how sophisticated, cool and user-friendly its weather briefing and flight safety services become, pilots don't seem to be paying attention. That being the case, I'll say it up front: the free—that's free—services Lockheed-Martin have for pilots are cutting edge, impressive and pilots who don't know about them are missing out on a good deal. More

Used Aircraft Guide: Diamond DA20 »

Diamond found success with the DA20 as a basic trainer and as an inexpensive, owner-flown fun flyer that's fast enough to fly the occasional cross country, albeit in VFR conditions only. More

Hey! Why's the Horizon Over There? »

It's happened to every pilot at some time or another—suddenly the airplane isn't doing what the pilot intends. Most of the time recovery is routine. Here's what to do when the upset is serious. More

Your IFR Ticket: The First Year »

The first year following the instrument rating checkride is a critical one. For too many pilots, the checkride represents a high point in skills and knowledge. It shouldn't be. More

Pattern Entries and Tailwheel Pilots »

Cast your bread upon troubled waters and inevitably someone tells you to knock it off, because you're killing the ducks. In that spirit, we tossed a bonus two-part question into Brainteaser Quiz #197: "What's the best way to enter a traffic pattern at an airport without an operating control tower? And, "Are tailwheel airplanes better than tricycles, making tailwheel pilots better pilots and way cooler than anyone?" More

SocialFlight: Providing More Reasons to Fly »

Two years ago at EAA's AirVenture, the SocialFlight app was born. Jeff Simon created an app that would run on the Web, any smartphone, and any table, and that, he hoped, would "shake people by the shoulder and say, 'Here's what's happening near you.'" More

The Prop Strike/Sudden Stop »

It's possible to do major engine/accessory damage without obviously damaging the prop by hitting water or heavy, tall grass that stops or slows the running engine. The FAA definition of a sudden stoppage, is the engine stopping suddenly in under one rpm. More

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