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It Wasn't Remarkable »

The aircraft involved was a 1973 Cessna T210L. It had a current annual inspection, was ADS-B compliant, had a GPS approved for IFR operations and the database for the avionics was found to be current. The aircraft was not approved for flight into known icing conditions, a concern for the planned October flight into the vicinity of the Rocky Mountains. More

Making IMC Transitions »

Mark Twain once said, "If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you cannot learn any other way." That's also true of flying a Cat I ILS to minimums. No amount of training, except maybe in the best simulators, prepares you for what it's like to reach DA and see … very little. More

Freedom To Choose »

As instrument pilots flying under Part 91, we have a choice. We can either use Part 91 to its full legal limits, as our personal operations manual, or we can learn from our safer brethren who fly for a living and voluntarily curtail some of our Part 91 freedom in trade for a safer flight experience. More

Another Aviation Icon Fades Away »

It's gone. The main hangar on what became Detroit Metro Airport was an iconic building—designed for the future of aviation, built at a time of relentless optimism in the nation's newest technology and with a belief that the appearance of public buildings should reflect they dynamism of those who created them. More

Pitch? Or Power? »

Seemingly for generations pilots have argued over which controls speed and which controls altitude: power or pitch. To achieve optimum performance in any setting requires balancing the two to best match the needs of the moment. More

AVmail: September 15, 2014 »

George Pappas writes: "I am 85 years old and have a lung condition. I had a pulse oximeter for years, and it normally indicated a saturation level of around 92 to 94 percent. It was one of the American-made units and cost about $150. Eventually it quit, and when I went to replace it, I found an import at a department store for $35. It indicated a saturation level of 98 percent or better all the time. The point here is that all POs are not equal. If you are going to be using it to monitor your oxygen level in flight, you should buy a quality unit and verify its accuracy by checking it against a hospital machine. Your life just might depend on it." Click through to read more mail from AVweb readers. More

Why the Part 23 Rewrite Delay Matters »

Last July, the FAA told a Congressional committee that it would not meet the December 31, 2015 deadline mandated by federal law to simplify and streamline aircraft certification regulations—FAR Part 23. The announcement has deeper import than just another report that the FAA has a problem meeting deadlines. More

The Risks of Maneuvering Speed Myths »

Sure, we know what maneuvering speed is, we learned it in private pilot ground school. It turns out that we were rather badly mislead. More

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