Five Crosswind Fixes »

Remember films like The Blue Max, The Red Baron or Flyboys? They all depicted WWI aerial warfare, in machines invented some 15 years earlier. Instead of defined runways, pilots of that era landed and took off from large, broad fields, which always allowed them to fly into the prevailing wind. One of the reasons those big fields were necessary was the lack of early airplanes’ maneuverability—some had control-authority issues at low speeds—so the range of available runway directions was expanded to include them all. More

Radar Revealed »

Twenty years ago, the idea of carrying sophisticated digital radar in anything under a medium twin would probably have been met with roars of laughter, but technology has brought amazing advances. Now it’s possible for even an ultralight pilot to use the Internet to access essentially the same tools that are available to forecasters. More

New FAA Hangar Policy: Common Sense »

Last week the FAA issued its official policy as to what may be stored in a hangar on an airport that receives federal AIP money—and and the contents look positive for aircraft owners and homebuilders. More

Flying a Perfect Approach »

First you have to know what perfect is. Here are some tips on self-evaluation. More

Drone Avoidance: More Than Flying High »

Until now there has been little in the way of educational material for pilots when it comes to protecting themselves in a world where the number of registered drone operators exceeds the number of manned aircraft pilots and the danger of unmanned—manned inflight collision is steadily increasing. More

Post-Flight Debrief »

Make a deliberate, honest assessment of your performance on the just-completed flight. More

ATC Watches - You Fly »

Major problems often start with minor issues. ATC minds the details of the big picture and steps up when pilots find themselves in tricky situations. More

Cheapgasitis »

Trying to reduce operating costs by chasing inexpensive fuel? It’s easy to be left high and dry. More