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Surprise Yourself
I remember flow states, during times of stress in the airplane, when time slows down just a bit—enough to help me manage a given situation deliberately and appropriately. Flashing back to two days ago, I recall a comment that has lodged in my mind, a
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A Next-Gen Acrobat
Unveiled at the EAA AirVenture 2019 to great fanfare, the latest execution of Walter Extra’s vision is the Extra NG, an almost wholly composite airframe that allows for aerodynamic adaptations beyond what shaped and riveted metal can provide. “This g
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Angle Of Attack
Early on, pilots are taught that safety of flight depends on, among other things, a consistent flow of air across the airfoil and a positive angle of attack to produce lift. AOA is the angular difference between the wing’s chord line and the relative
Flying5 min de lectureComputers
Holiday Gift Guide
Once you’ve cruised along to the Love channel just above the clouds or kept track of your favorite team as you make flight tracks toward home, you may wonder how you ever whiled away the hours at altitude before there was in-cockpit radio—well, after
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Flying
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Addison And Ryan Pemberton Handing Down The Golden Age Of Craftsmanship
A few years ago, I strolled a back alley in Volterra, Italy, and stumbled upon a cluttered workshop where craftsmen were sculpting large chunks of alabaster into gorgeous works of art. Every surface wore a light coating of fine alabaster dust probabl
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Managing Risk
I’ve long been a believer in regular, periodic proficiency training. A basic flight review every two years does little to ensure our readiness for the challenges that flying presents when we least expect it. When I worked at the Cessna Aircraft Compa
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Moment of Decision
Airline flying is pretty cushy work most days, particularly at the major US carriers, with largely reliable aircraft, a fairly robust support network, and nearly universal procedures that keep everyone on roughly the same page. Most airline pilots, b
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Inbox
I congratulate Peter Garrison on the excellent analysis of Amelia Earhart’s doomed flight [in October’s “Earhart and Range”]. It never made sense to me that they would arrive in the vicinity of Howland Island and, having failed to find it, embark on
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The Question
I read Peter Egan’s columns in Cycle World and Road & Track for three decades of my life. I try to emulate his candor and colloquial storytelling style here on these pages. Every so often, Peter would put together a humorous top-10 list. If memory se
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Garmin D2 Air
If the term “Swiss Army knife” means nothing to you, imagine a compact, fits-in-your hand tool chest that solves a host of little problems, such as opening a bottle away from the kitchen, tightening a loose screw, cutting some string, sawing a small
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Webinars, Cherry Bombs and Flying Schools
OK, this is a little out of character, but last night, I “joined” (I think that’s the term) an aviation webinar—mostly because it was presented by the son of my friend Barry Schiff but also because the subject was intriguing. Brian Schiff is an inter
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Diamond DA20-C1 and DA50 RG
The single-engine-piston side of the house at Diamond Aircraft has made forward progress through the third quarter of 2020, with the restart of production of its two-seat training airplane, the DA20-C1, and debut of its retractable-gear single, the D
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Getting Started
The building was a hulking blue, metal-sided affair, pockmarked by a nondescript door and a window air conditioner—but no window. It might have been difficult to reconcile the uninspiring appearance with the promise held within if not for a sign that
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Pipistrel Panthera
After flying the Pipstrel Panthera’s first US flight on August 25, Right Rudder Aviation in Inverness, Florida, announced that they are now the exclusive dealer for Pipistrel’s slick new composite four-seat airplane in North, Central and South Americ
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Celera 500L
For the past three years in the aviation press, occasional spy photos have appeared, showing an unusual blimplike airplane parked at the former George Air Force Base, now Southern California Logistics Airport, near Victorville, California. This oddit
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Next Great Flight
Tracking the star material that inspires us, pilot Warwick Patterson found just the right spot to wait for the perfect moment to capture comet Neowise as it graced evening skies over North America this past summer. Patterson, director for British Col
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Sign Off
What organizers cheekily termed “Osh-Polu” gathered pilots on the Big Island of Hawaii in August for awards and flying camaraderie. The fly-in took place near Hawi, Hawaii, at Upolu Airport (PHUP/UPP), which features a single runway (7/25) 3,800 feet
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How Is It Possible To Back The B-17 Flying Fortress Into A Parking Space From Within The Cockpit?
The Boeing B-17 bomber is a four-engine taildragger that doesn’t have reversible-pitch propellers. So, is it possible to back the Flying Fortress into a parking space from inside the cockpit? Yes. The No. 1 and No. 4 engines are outboard of the respe
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Final Turn In The Azores
A lot has been written over the past few years about pilots relying on the automation to fly the airplane to the detriment of actual hands-on-the-stick piloting skills. I have long been baffled by pilots’ reliance on the autopilot. But perhaps this a
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Chart Comparison
If you’re an active IFR pilot or training to become one in the US, you have a choice of two instrument approach-plate providers. One is Jeppesen (now within Boeing Global Services), and the other is the US government, which provides plates known as d
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A Stroke of Bad Luck
In December 2019, a Canadian-registry Piper Aerostar 602P with three aboard left Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico, to return home to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The group stopped overnight at Chino, California, east of L
Flying4 min de lecturePsychology
Why Pilots Must Demonstrate Risk Management
You can imagine our deep sense of grief when occasionally we’d return to a city on our ground-school circuit and someone would say, “Did you hear about Bill?” “No,” we’d say, “what happened to Bill?” They would then explain the aircraft crash that ha
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Ownership
Your first airplane, the one you have the key (or fob) to on your ring—that’s your ticket to a special place, one where you have access to the sky on your schedule. You can choose—up to the limits of your bank account—how and when you make avionics a
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Dassault Falcon 6X
Dassault says employees used the time tocreate safer procedures with smaller crews on the production floor and are once again working in two shifts. The French aircraft manufacturer says the 6X will debut with a large cabin—6 feet, 6 inches tall by 8
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Smelling Roses From The Past
I coasted the rental car into the parking lot of what remained of Camillus Airport (NY25) in New York and attempted to transport myself back in time. The view before me was disorienting. Surrounding structures and driveways had been added. The FBO of
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Safe Return for the Vision Jet
In a milestone that marks the first certification of a modern autoland system on a light, personal jet, Cirrus Aircraft and Garmin Aviation announced in September the approval of Safe Return on the Cirrus Vision Jet. Cirrus also celebrated the 200th
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Tbm 940
The system on the 940 is activated by the passenger or pilot using a highly visible orange button at the top of the instrument panel, or it will engage if the aircraft’s emergency descent mode is engaged. After landing, HomeSafe simultaneously activa
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Nice Landing, Pop
From the very beginning, my children were instructed to greet each landing with praise. As long as the crash didn’t dislodge any loose teeth—or, later on, their retainers—it was expected that they would utter an obligatory congratulation. Today, my g
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Inbox
[I] enjoyed Sam Weigel’s “Airport at the End of the World” (September), which brought [back] many memories. I was a lineworker in the early ’60s at another (now-defunct) grass strip on Martha’s Vineyard, Oak Bluffs Airport in Massachusetts, where $5
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