Proficiency

Want to Improve Your Landings? Learn Aerobatics »

Aerobatics aren't just a tremendous amount of fun, the skills learned in controlling the airplane at low speed and making large control inputs can help reduce a pilot's risk of a landing accident. More

More Proficiency Articles

Don't Mess Up the Miss »

So there you are, coming down to the decision height (DH) watching as the approach lights emerge from the clag—all configured and at the right speed. In... More

Handle With Care »

In his timeless classic Fate Is The Hunter, Ernest K. Gann regales readers with several tales of in-flight emergencies, hairy takeoffs and grateful landings.... More

ATC Routing Realities »

It had been a fun morning. The heater had broken in the TRACON radar room. It was 20 degrees outside, not much better inside, and the hot chocolate I was... More

Your Checkout: An... »

When the vast majority of American pilots want to go flying they rent an airplane from their local FBO, flight school or flying club. That means they have to... More

Rusty Pilot: Back From the... »

Our blogger's second semi-periodic IPC with zero preparation has some surprises. And you should definitely try this at home. More

Flying IFR in Older Aircraft »

A reader recently questioned the wisdom of flying IFR in "old" aircraft with traditional flight displays that lack modern accouterments—GPS in... More