Automating Weather By Jeff Schweitzer, Ph.D. Properly managing risk is essential to successfully pursuing life's more exciting adventures. Activities such as scuba diving, downhill skiing, motorcycling, mountaineering and, of course, flying, all entail elements of risk which we must consider and manage if the thrills we seek are to be experienced more than once. But risk management often is poorly understood: While most people believe themselves to be prudent, the reality is large risks are often ignored and minor dangers grossly exaggerated.
When The Lights Go Out By Amy Laboda Handling in-flight electrical failures requires knowing the affected systems and where good weather is.
A Schedule Not Kept By Armand Vilches An old and often-used justification for owning a light General Aviation aircraft is the ability to bypass the automobile and the airlines in order to spend valuable time in a more productive manner. This rationalization focuses on the time savings created by flying oneself. Thus, according to the reasoning, it is possible to easily meet with clients in distant cities and be home for dinner. And as pilots, we also know it's always more fun to fly ourselves than it is to drive or to sit in the back of a crowded airliner.
Bad Judgement Gets Worse By Armand Vilches A pilot who had twice extensively damaged airplanes by flying into thunderstorms tries it a third time. This time he doesn't live to tell about his own foolishness.
The Training Mix By Robert A. Wright Advances in technologies and regulations mean the best mix of airplanes, simulators and other resources also is changing and will enhance your training.
Can I Land On That? By Meredith Saini Urban areas present few open areas for emergency landings when we need them. Do mall parking lots and warehouse rooftops offer safe alternatives?
Cockpit Smoke Hoods By Cory Emberson Our trials revealed that all three perform well, although Parat-C is our first choice. But you'll need to train and practice to handle them well in a real emergency.
Post-Crash Care By Carole Jewett You've just crashed in a remote area. You and your passengers are injured. Will you have the equipment and knowledge to survive until you're rescued?