FAA Cool On More Helicopter Regs In L.A. »

The FAA says cooperation, not regulation, is the answer to quelling complaints about helicopter operations throughout the Los Angeles basin. The agency released a report that rejected proposals to channel helicopter traffic into defined routes to address noise and the perception of dangerous operations. There are dozens of helicopter tour operators and news outlets whose aircraft have been the object of complaints for decades but the FAA report says trying to regulate those activities beyond what the FARs already dictate would be next to impossible given the huge numbers of aircraft operations in general in the region. It says, instead, that helicopter operators should adopt voluntary good neighbor policies, something politicians who've been fighting for increased regulation dismiss. More

Automating Weather »

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. More

When The Lights Go Out »

Handling in-flight electrical failures requires knowing the affected systems and where good weather is. More

A Schedule Not Kept »

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. More

Bad Judgement Gets Worse »

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. More

The Training Mix »

Advances in technologies and regulations mean the best mix of airplanes, simulators and other resources also is changing and will enhance your training. Click here to read the full article. --> More

Things You Miss on Preflight »

Kick the tires, light the fires. So goes a popular, flippant saying about preflight inspections. Most of the time, that's what we and various accident reports would label an "inadequate preflight inspection." Sometimes—immediately after stopping long enough to drop off or load a passenger, for example—it might be adequate. After all, we just flew it in here—it's a perfectly good airplane; why bother risking burnt fingers to check the engine oil or soiling our clothes to check tire pressure? Indeed, we don't go to such trouble when getting in a car; why are we conducting an inspection at all? Click here to read the full article. --> More

Can I Land On That? »

Urban areas present few open areas for emergency landings when we need them. Do mall parking lots and warehouse rooftops offer safe alternatives? More

Cockpit Smoke Hoods »

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. More

Post-Crash Care »

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? More