Jim Trusty 2012 It seems like such a simple question and really, it should be. We have spent an entire lifetime learning one thing or another, so why now should the inner workings of a flying machine pose a problem or three for us, the pilots? If we investigate just a little more, we start … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: HOW DO WE LEARN?
When it comes to flying small airplanes, there's not much that's worse than having to make a forced landing at night. Let's face it, most aircraft owners and pilots who fly for pleasure are going to do it during the day; that's just the way it usually works out. Although it's not the only factor … Continue reading Night Forced Landings by Peter Bedell
NASA CALLBACK REPORT: A pilot reported that he used GPS successfully to navigate to a distant point on an IFR flight plan ? but ran afoul of the FARs in the process: IFR flight plan filed on airways [with] equipment Code/A. Aircraft equipped with 2 VFR GPS units, with current database. Requested and received vectors … Continue reading Code/A Alert
I had the trip to the 1994 convention planned for at least six months prior to departure. I went through the Airport/Facility Directory looking for airports with 80 Octane along my proposed route. I had the lines drawn on the sectionals as direct as possible once I rounded the corner around Chicago. From northern Wisconsin, … Continue reading Wisconsin to Maryland in Aeronca Super Chief, 1994 by Scott Littfin
Prolog: The following is a journal of a transcontinental trip that I took in a Cessna 172L (150 HP), N7262Q, from June 30 to July 12, 1995. I am a 500 hour commercial pilot with an instrument rating and fly purely for recreation. Questions or comments are welcome. Preflight Planning: Early '95 - Started telling … Continue reading Coast-to-Coast in a 172 by Jeff Mitchell
"Affirmative - 07Papa is declaring an emergency at this time" There I was, 5000 msl 4000 agl with my Wife beside me in our 1954 Piper Tri-Pacer, I was full power and pitched for a standard climb and was going down. Prior to reaching 7000 when I was suppose to contact Center I called and … Continue reading Zero Seven Papa is Declaring an Emergency by Rick Wagner
1) possibility of loss or injury : PERIL 2) someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard 3) a. the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract; also: the degree of probability of such loss b. a person or thing that is a specified hazard to an … Continue reading Risk by Gene Seibel
Sometimes when an instructor or another pilot gives you advice, you might hear yourself saying, "I'll never have that problem" or "That won't happen to me". But I'm here to tell you that sometimes problems do happen. I think that instructors know that we tune them out, but they hope that when the time comes … Continue reading Crisis Story by Rick Pellicciotti