I was in the right seat of a Beech Baron over Hutchinson, Kansas. KHUT is a sleepy little controlled airport just northwest of Wichita (it has a great restaurant, too!). My student and I were on a left downwind for Runway 31 toward the end of a long day's training.
It was a cloudless, hazy morning when the Cessna Skylane pilot preflighted for a hundred-mile business trip.
Who’s the wisest pilot -- the one who flies below the clouds, the one who flies above them, he or she who deviates around clouds, or the pilot who files instruments and flies through?
Flying in the clouds may be the most demanding of pilot skills, but does flying IFR stretch a pilot's capabilities beyond the limits of safety?
Knowledge is power in many of life's callings, but especially so in aviation -- our welfare often depends on decisions we make and the wisdom of what we decide to do (or not to do) often hinges on what we know.
In the near future using barometric pressure to determine altitude will be a thing of the past, but until then, it will pay to know a few of the altimeter's tricks.
It could happen to you at any time and, from the moment the ice begins to form, your actions, and the time you take to implement them, will either keep you alive or get you killed.
How many times have you stared at the display of your lightning detection equipment, and questioned whether it was telling you the truth?
Why a hurricane and bathwater always spins counter-clockwise ... er, one of those, anyway.
'VFR Flight Not Recommended....' How often have you driven instead of flown, only to fume the entire way as you drove through good flying weather?