Used Aircraft Guide: Piper Arrow »

It seems there's always an Arrow on the ramp as well as a good selection of them on the used market. Flight schools have long sworn by them as relatively economical complex trainers, and owners report happy relationships with their combination of useful load and range. Through longevity and numbers, it may have replaced the Bonanza as the ubiquitous retractable single. More

Your Flight Review — From Surviving to Thriving »

What's not to love about a flight review? You get to spend a bare minimum of two hours doing something virtually everyone hates—being evaluated. Getting involved from the start can help you turn your flight review from something to be survived to an enjoyable experience that will make you a better pilot. More

Partial Panel Peculiarities »

In developing training scenarios, it's important to tailor the training to the actual configuration of the aircraft with regard for the likelihood of multiple unrelated simultaneous failures. The purpose of the exercise is to prepare pilots for realistic failures in the aircraft they normally fly. More

Choosing A Refurb Shop »

The selection process for a refurb shop is nearly identical to that of choosing a good maintenance shop—finding a facility that is professional, will give estimates for all work, won't do any work without your approval and will do the refurb process in partnership with you, the aircraft owner. More

Turbocharging Systems »

Turbocharging systems get somewhat of bad, but to a degree, deserved rap for requiring more than their fair share of maintenance and pilot workload. They certainly have to deal with more than their fair share of very hot air and have to spin at dazzling rpms to do their jobs. More

Five Tips From ATC »

We bow to no one in our willingness to reject ATC clearances and forcefully but politely seek what we want and need from a controller. Since our chair usually is moving faster than their's, we cop the attitude that our needs are more important than ATC's. At the same time, we certainly understand controllers often have little flexibility in responding to our needs, whether due to their own requirements, conflicting traffic we know nothing about or high workload. But they also need things from us: basic airmanship, concise communication and the ability (willingness?) to follow instructions. To put it another way, both sides of the pilot/controller relationship have expectations. We know what ours are; What are their's? To find out, we asked a controller-friend working in an ARTCC in the Midwest U.S. to share with us his top five pet peeves. Here's what we learned. More

You Landed — Now What? »

I love GPS. It's absolutely great the way you can program the most complex route from anywhere to anywhere else. With a little help from your friends at the other end of the radio, you can often even just make a straight (great-circle) line to your destination, or at least to some intermediate point. GPS is great. More

Missing the Point »

Few situations require quick judgment like deciding to go missed with weather at minimums. Arriving at missed approach point or decision altitude, the pilot must determine if the runway environment is in sight and the required flight visibility is evident. If these conditions are met, is the aircraft in a position to land and is the runway condition suitable? All of this must be accomplished while flying through a sea of obstructions at about 150… More

Doctored Strangelift (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Zombie Drone Invasion) »

In "Brainteaser #203," we asked how the drones will affect aviation and what, if anything, should be done to prevent total chaos. Should drones be regulated and their operators licensed? Should it be legal to shoot them out of the sky during designated seasons with the proper permits? (Or perhaps in any season, if they're headed over the White House fence?) More

Five Landing Fixes »

Especially when looking at recent accidents involving scheduled airliners, it occurs that some people are still having problems with their landings. Yes, they can be difficult to master, especially when crosswinds or other factors complicate things and distract us. But this shouldn't be so hard. More