Training for the private and commercial certificates in particular requires learning to master maneuvers whose relation to practical aviation is, to put it charitably, not obvious. This raises the question: Having once done them well enough to persuade an examiner to issue a certificate, is there any reason to go on spending flight time and the money it represents maintaining those elusive skills?

Top Letters And Comments, February 8, 2019

This week's letters brought comments from readers about drones, airshow accidents, the passing of Rosemary Mariner, obtaining clearances and winter flying.

Backcountry Safety Culture

The same basic techniques backcountry pilots employ to mitigate the risks of mountain flying can be used in your local area, too.

Ground Control

Maintaining control of an airplane while its on its wheels becomes a lot easier once you understand its a really lousy ground vehicle.

Suit Filed In Mountain Crash

Family members of passengers killed in the 2016 crash of a Cessna 182 in Tennessee are claiming controllers should have warned the non-instrument-rated pilot he was about to hit a mountain in IMC.

Assessing Red Line Weather

Few weather phenomena are truly a red line that cannot be safely flown. Is the cold front one?

Helicopter Rescue In Alps

A French helicopter pilot got the job done in a tight rescue operation in a back country ski area of the Alps on Jan. 2.

Flying For Money

What challenges does a Part 91 pilot face when transitioning to commercial operations under Part 135?

Autoland Runway Excursion Blamed On Pilots

German investigators say a runway excursion by Boeing 777 that was on autoland was the fault of the pilots.

Christmas Day Crash Kills Two

Two people aboard a pressurized Beech Baron were killed but there were no injuries on the ground when the twin crashed into a residential area of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, late in the afternoon of Christmas Day.

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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