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How To File A Flight Plan
Filing the flight plan remains a simple process, despite the FAA’s latest best efforts to complicate it. If you dial 1-800-992-7433, a contracted flight service briefer will take your information and put it in the system for you. If you’re sitting at
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Accident Briefs
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania/Injuries: 2 Fatal The pilot had purchased the experimental, amateur-built airplane about 3 weeks before the accident. The airplane was partially disassembled, transported to an airport, and then reassembled. The pilot flew
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Two Degrees Of Separation From chuck Yeager
MY instructor and I were quiet as we flew, winging along, a couple of hundred feet above the starkly beautiful western Mojave Desert. I was doing the flying, working on my commercial certificate (which I would not complete for another decade and a ha
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Future Flight Will Be A Utopia, Right?
With the passing of Chuck Yeager late last year, the era of the World War II aviator is symbolically gone. Along with it, the living memory of the war is fading, as well. Which is a direct challenge to all of us in aviation, not so much to remember—w
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News Of Note
One of aviation’s most celebrated pilots, General Chuck Yeager, passed away on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles at the age of 97. In addition to breaking the sound barrier in 1947, the aviation giant was a World War II fighter ace, a long-time Air Force base co
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Plane & Pilot
Editor-in-Chief Isabel Goyer Associate Editor J. Ana F. Beckett Senior Editors Bill Cox, Jeremy King, W. David Pond Contributing Editors Jason Blair, Desiree Kocis, Bethany Whitfield Senior Designer Nate Silva Media Solutions Manager Michael Echevarr
Plane & Pilot3 min citite
The First X Plane: Wright Model R
From the 1940s to the 1960s, the headlines were full of the exploits of the test pilots and the famous X planes. From the Bell X-1 and the North American X-15 to the North American XB 70, these planes were designed to fly faster, higher and farther.
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How To Fly Circle-To-Land Approaches More Safely
A stabilized approach is, without a doubt, more likely to result in a safe landing than one that becomes unstabilized. Most of us know this intuitively. The accident data has proven it over the years, also. This becomes especially true when flying an
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Is There A Place For vfr Flight plans
“You want to file a WHAT?” Filing a VFR flight plan is a rare occurrence nowadays, in a time dominated by magenta course lines, radar flight following and briefing apps. When we speak of “filing,” it’s generally to seek an IFR clearance and, in truth
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Taking Off On Glare Ice With A Crosswind
The storied town of Greenville, Maine, sits at the bottom end of the northern part of the state in an area called the Great North Woods. It curls around the foot of 40-mile-long Moosehead Lake and is a good three-hour drive due north from Portland, M
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Ghost Blimp
In August of 1942, a U.S. Navy L-8 blimp crash-landed in Daly City, California. What makes this a mystery, you may wonder? Its crew was nowhere to be found. It had been nine months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the dust was far from
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Help Your Airplane Fly Better
In the days before the arrival of the Boeing 757 and Airbus A 320, with their glass cockpits, full-feature autopilots and autothrottles, most airline pilots flew their aircraft by hand from takeoff until reaching the flight levels and then all the wa
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Cross Check
1 Control surface that in French means “little wing” 5 Trousers for the wheels? 8 Not a pusher 9 Snaps or barrels 11 Slang for applying max power 14 Letters for the deluxe model 15 Best guess at getting there (abbr.) 18 Noise of an engine 19 This tim
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Chuck Yeager’s Supersonic Voyage Through Life
When Chuck Yeager, the legendary pilot whose flight in the Bell X-1 in 1947 made the West Virginia-born test pilot the first to ever exceed the speed of sound, died at 97 in Los Angeles, aviation lost not only a record setter but also a legend whose
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A Year Gone By In photos by The Week
TO BE TOTALLY HONEST, we were just trying to have fun and share some great images with our readers when we launched our Plane & Pilot Photo Of The Week earlier this year. We didn’t realize that it somehow became more than that until much of the year
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Weather Hazards
When the subject of in-flight hazards comes up, non-pilots think of the kinds of things that one might see in a 1970s Hollywood blockbuster—explosions and hijackings and volcanoes. The truth is far less dramatic and far more insidious. For small plan
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Hurrying To Oshkosh, Never Arriving
In July 2017, after flying for about 12 minutes over Missouri, a Zenith Light Sport Aircraft crashed while turning back to the airport from where it had just departed. The 41-year-old pilot and his wife were both killed in the crash. The pilot was a
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Gear
This pajama set from flyGIRL is a great go-to for lounging around after a long day of flying. Made of a cotton/polyester blend, the set features a royal blue V-neck shirt with the flyGirl logo and a pair of drawstring shorts covered with swirling air
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Wednesdays And Saturdays With Mr. Gray
A yellowed clipping pinned to the Carrollton, Georgia, FBO’s bulletin board outlived all other media stapled to it. Inkjet-printed pages of airplanes for sale came and went, whether they were smoking bargains or overpriced clunkers that only moved af
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6 Planes that Used To Be Cheap But Aren’t Anymore
Back in the early ’90s, I wrote for a small monthly aviation magazine that also put out a quarterly magazine called Affordable Flying, to which I’d contribute articles in bulk. Every three months, the title would feature around six planes that were g
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PLANE & PILOT FLEW WITH CHUCK YEAGER
One of the most exciting perks of this job is the opportunity to interview and sometimes fly with some of the most interesting people in the aviation community. In this instance, we’re talking about a legendary fighter pilot named Charles Yeager, kno
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Good Riddance, 2020
I won’t go over in detail how awful 2020 was for aviation, and for pilots specifically, but I will list the lowlights. We entered 2020 with the 737 Max grounded globally for eight months and the unfolding crisis only looking worse for Boeing and the
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Where It All Began
There were several long moments as I stared alternately at the giant dune adorned with a giant monument and the mangled metal of my Mooney’s baggage door support, a folding bit of metal that holds the door open for loading and unloading. Its simple,
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Presidential Planes
First Sitting President To Take Flight: Franklin D. Roosevelt Date: Jan. 14, 1943 Aircraft: Boeing 314 Dixie Clipper Purpose Of Flight: Casablanca Conference Days To Reach Casablanca From U.S.: 4 Distance Of Round-Trip Flight: 17,000 miles First Offi
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Windecker Eagle 1
Nearly two decades before Cirrus, Columbia and Diamond arrived on the scene, a Midland, Texas, dentist, Dr. Leo Windecker, and his dentist wife, Dr. Fairfax Windecker, designed, constructed and obtained the first FAA type certificate for a composite
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UFO Swarms Of The Hudson Valley
In the 1980s, thousands of witnesses observed an eerily silent, boomerang-shaped aircraft flying low across the Hudson Valley. Was this a genuine UFO or a cleverly executed hoax? Between 1982 and 1986, New York’s Hudson River Valley—a place home to m
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News Of Note
The bankruptcy proceedings of ONE Aviation, the maker of the Eclipse 550 very light jet, are nearing resolution, and it doesn’t look good for the New Mexico-based company’s future. ONE Aviation had hoped to reorganize under new ownership, but that de
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Night Flying Tips From The Night Owls
For many general aviation pilots, night flying is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of flying during busy days. There is less traffic, the air is smoother, the radios seem quieter. However, night flying in single-engine aircraft has its d
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Gear
This new jacket from Flight Outfitters sports a style that took off in the late 1940s and ’50s and never slowed down. Originally developed for military pilots, the MA-1 bomber jacket has been an iconic look in popular culture ever since. Made of genu
Plane & Pilot3 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Bose ProFlight Series 2
In 2018, Bose debuted a fairly radical departure from its prior designs. Seeking to edge into the headset market for professional pilots, the company debuted a ProFlight headset that did away with bulky, somewhat heavy earcups and went for a lighter
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