The Pilot's Lounge #135: Think You Fly IFR? Meet Dave Hertel and Friends at the Hump By Rick Durden Weather, ice, and keeping track of all those instruments can keep you pretty busy during a routine flight, eh? Imagine staying on top of the gauges in a 1940s-era cockpit, with the boys at the front lines of World War II relying on you to deliver supplies in even the most forbidding weather. The thought crossed Rick Durden's mind recently, and he knew just who to consult a pilot who flew under those conditions day-in, day-out. Dave Hertel joins Rick in the latest installment of "The Pilot's Lounge" to reflect on challenges that might give you a few gray hairs just to read about.
The Pilot's Lounge #134: Gear Up, Good Night — Flying Freight in the Not-So-Good Old Days By Rick Durden While it is fashionable in some circles to assert that society is falling apart and that if only we could return to the ways of yore, all would be well, in the world of Part 135 flying, it simply isn't true. The cowboy days of operators cutting every corner possible trying to make a buck while the FAA looked the other way killed way too many people.
The Pilot's Lounge #131: Spin Training By Rick Durden Student pilots don't have to prove they can recover from a spin, but Rick Durden knows the training advantages that come from near-spins.
The Pilot's Lounge #130: Competition Spot Landings By Rick Durden If you think spot-landings within 100 feet of the required spot are a challenge, try it without power on approach. And do it within 20 feet of the mark. AVweb's Rick Durden can do it now.