The Pilot's Lounge #103: The FAA As Customer -- Good Business? »

Somebody has to rent planes to FAA personnel so they can maintain currency. And with the government backing them up, you shouldn't have to worry about collecting the fees, right? AVweb's Rick Durden has a cautionary tale from the Pilot's Lounge this month. More

"The Pilot's Lounge" Index »

In AVweb's virtual airport, Rick Durden hosts "The Pilot's Lounge." Read any of his popular "TPL" columns here we've provided links and brief descriptions to help you get started. More

The Pilot's Lounge #102: The Last 10 Feet »

The dreaded 709 ride -- it's just the FAA "here to help you," but your ticket could be on the line. AVweb's Rick Durden helped one pilot brush up on his skills and remind himself the best way to land. More

The Pilot's Lounge #101: Balloonatics »

A quiet evening with little wind may be good for students to practice landings, but it's even better for those who like a flight in a balloon. AVweb's Rick Durden went along for a slow, relaxing, wind-directed flight. More

The Pilot's Lounge #100: Truth -- And Some Opinion »

AVweb's Rick Durden has been writing "The Pilot's Lounge" column for eight years, and every one has tidbits of wisdom, advice, or just plane [sic] rumor. For his 100th column, Rick has assembled a bunch in one place. More

The Pilot's Lounge #99: Turn Back? You Bet! »

Press on. Finish what you started. You're better than the rest. What do the voices in your head tell you when you're considering turning around in the middle of the flight? AVweb's Rick Durden had to fight those voices during a winter VFR flight, as he tells in this month's The Pilot's Lounge column. More

The Pilot's Lounge #98: Quit Flying? Are You Nuts? »

"I'm just fine ... I don't need some doctor or FAA bureaucrat to tell me I can't fly any more." Sound like anyone you know? Sound like you? Yours may be the next NTSB accident report Rick Durden talks about in The Pilot's Lounge. More

The Pilot's Lounge #97: Precautionary Landings »

You probably only flew an approach to an off-airport field as part of your "power-failure" training -- and you probably didn't actually land on that crop field (balloons and gliders excepted, of course). But if that's the only thing that will save your life when you get caught scud-running, shouldn't you practice? More