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
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
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
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
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
Or at least know what you're talking about before spewing orders. More
Jeff Rockwood of Bee Cave, TX kicks off this edition of "PotW" with a celebration of pilot ingenuity. Click through for more reader-submitted pictures.