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Louisville ILS or LOC Runway 17L
If you enjoy watching airplanes, especially any of the quickly declining global fleet of jumbo jets, Muhammad Ali International—the old Standiford Field (KSDF)—in Louisville, Kentucky, is an excellent place. The home of UPS, KSDF offers the opportuni
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Tail Tales
Back in the day, when FAA employees outnumbered amateur airplane builders, a government inspector would do a “pre-closure” inspection on every part of your homebuilt, then return for a pre-first-flight inspection and again every year thereafter. The
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Outback Takeoff
It was my first flying job—the one you dreamed about having all your life. The one for which you strove, saved and worked so hard, and it was finally real. I had to leave my native New Zealand and move to the Australian Outback to get it, but that ju
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Lending a Hand
A rotorcraft pilot’s work is never done, it seems. With so many applications for the use of vertical lift, the possibilities are limited only to the imagination—and certain aerodynamic and power-to-weight-ratio realities. The team at Midwest Helicopt
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What’s Really In An Airline Pilot’s Flight Bag?
In my career, the most-prominent label used when referring to the piece of airline-pilot luggage that, at one time, kept chiropractors in business was either “brain bag” or “kit bag.” Distinguished by stickers and decals, the outside of the bag refle
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Aftermaths
I recently selected 32 accident analyses, from the nearly 500 that I have written since I took over Flying’s Aftermath column in 1980, and assembled them into a book called Why? Thinking About Plane Crashes. It’s available from Amazon as a paperback
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An Aviation Mentor
“We’re landing there?!” I shouted to my copilot. The narrow strip of pavement—runway is too strong a word—didn’t look like it could possibly handle our mighty Cessna 310, and yet, there we were on short final, just a few hundred feet over the turquoi
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We Fly: Flight Design F2
The angle of attack readout on the PFD wasn’t the first thing that caught my attention. No, that would be the unending cry of the audible stall warning as we just couldn’t catch a break. We began a steady descent, nose high, and slowed somewhere belo
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Model Lineage
The CT series is named for the “composite technology” that forms its basis. It began its career in the late 1990s with the CT and CT2K approved as microlights in Europe. The first CTs were approved as S-LSAs in the US in 2005. “We had a small group o
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When The Music Dies
Three men chartered a Beechcraft Bonanza for a late-night flight between Mason City (KMCW), Iowa, and Fargo (KFAR), North Dakota, about 200 nautical miles. The 21-year-old charter pilot’s initial review of the forecast that chilly February evening ca
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Flight Design F2 Specs:
Engine: Rotax 912iS Horsepower: 100 hp Propeller: Neuform three-blade CR3 65-inch composite Seats: 2 Empty weight: 835 lb. Max gross weight: 1,320 lb./US LSA limitations Fuel capacity: 34.3 gal.; approved for premium automotive unleaded, as well as 9
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Flying
Editor-in-Chief Julie Boatman SENIOR EDITOR Rob Mark EDITOR-AT-LARGE Pia Bergqvist MANAGING EDITOR Jake Lamb ART DIRECTOR Amy Jo Sledge COPY EDITOR Abigail Creel STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jon Whittle CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Sam Weigel Ben Younger Martha Lunken
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Don’t Become a Statistic
1. If you do enter IMC weather, don’t panic—breathe. 2. Demand more than just three hours of instrument instruction from your CFI during private pilot training. 3. Trust the airplane’s instruments, not your senses. 4. Always have an alternate airport
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The Safety Partnership
A new year, a new you—pilotwise, that is. The change of the calendar refreshes us and gives us license to start anew. The turn of the page into 2021 marks a particularly poignant desire to strike out and make a redoubled effort to do all of those thi
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Doc, David, Herb and the Cops
Is there any way to thank a friend for inviting you to ride in a Boeing B-29 Superfortress—and even in the “candy” bombardier’s seat? After realigning my dropped jaw and babbling, “Oh, gosh, yes,” I blathered on with: “Really? You’re sure? You’re not
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Mooney Under New Ownership
When the good news came in September 2020 that Mooney Aircraft had survived yet another downturn, and it would be resurrected under new ownership, pilots and owners of the speedy piston singles remained skeptical as to whether this time the company c
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Stinson 108
On the spectrum of popularity, various aircraft types ebb and flow from decade to decade, and the most sought-after models become easy to spot. Cessna 170s and Carbon Cubs are currently among the most desirable types, and while their popularity and r
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Errata: Buyers Guide
In the “Single-Engine Pistons” section of the November 2020 issue, the MFG base price for the Cessna Skylane should correctly read $530,000. Also, the line of data covering the Cirrus SR22 dropped out, and that should read: In “Turboprops,” the Daher
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Bittersweet Goodbye
On a sunny August afternoon in New York City, an Airbus A330 landed on Runway 31R at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It appeared to be a perfectly normal flight, noteworthy only in the era of COVID-19 for having been one of relatively few airp
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Flying Eyes Sunglasses
Like most pilots over 40, I struggle with reading the text on the crispest flight display unless I have my contacts, sunglasses and readers close at hand. When I related my woes to Dean Siracusa, founder of Flying Eyes Optics (a brand created by Summ
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Living the Dream
Aviation has always been a dream and interest in my life. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, not too far away from John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK). I used to wake up to airplanes screaming out of the airport every single mornin
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Inbox Jan+Feb 2021
I read [Rob Mark’s November 2020] article [“ Wipaire at 60: A Family on Floats”] and the sidebar on seaplane flying. The sidebar lamented the forgotten wheels and the wheels-down water landing. I fly a SeaRey I built, and the SeaRey community has a m
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Sudden Surprise Trouble
Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the old nursery rhyme goes like this: “There was a little girl, / who had a little curl, / right in the middle of her forehead. / When she was good, / she was very good indeed, / and when she was bad she was hor
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Appareo Stratus Insight
Appareo’s latest update (5.17.0) to their Stratus Insight includes a new “Relevant Traffic” feature, which allows a user to filter ADS-B traffic based on range and altitude in relation to the user’s aircraft. “Prior to Relevant Traffic, pilots had tw
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Blame For The 737 Max
Readers of this publication are more intimate than most with the circumstances surrounding the tragedy of the Boeing 737 Max, but just as a review, the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 five months later
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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
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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
Editor-in-Chief Julie Boatman SENIOR EDITOR Rob Mark EDITOR-AT-LARGE Pia Bergqvist MANAGING EDITOR Jake Lamb ART DIRECTOR Amy Jo Sledge COPY EDITOR Abigail Creel STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jon Whittle CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Sam Weigel Ben Younger Martha Lunken
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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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