Pre-Flight Follies »

When did you last experience an embarrassing moment on the takeoff roll? Have you ever had to taxi back to the ramp to deal with a problem discovered during the run-up? Any moments of tension or near-terror because you missed something during the pre-flight? Most pilots can recite at least one tale about discovering they missed something in the pre-flight inspection. The idea at its root is to never, ever start the engine without a thorough look-around to be sure all remains as it was when you last landed the airplane. In the case of the day's first flight, you're conducting an inspection to confirm the aircraft's airworthiness, general condition, fuel status, etc. More

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Engine Operation... »

I used to be astonished at how aviation myths, particularly when it came to engine operation, have such incredible staying power. Now, when I hear one... More

Landing Airplanes On Roads:... »

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Gear Emergencies »

I've really only had one landing-gear-related situation in many years of flying retractables. In that event, a brand-new gear motor—installed at... More

View From Both Sides »

The successful completion of an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) combines the knowledge and personality traits of both the instructor and pilot. More

Five Landing Fixes »

Especially when looking at recent accidents involving scheduled airliners, it occurs that some people are still having problems with their landings. Yes,... More