Category Archives: Airmanship

Watch Out for Wing Loading

One safety issue that Sean Elliott, who heads up EAA’s flight operations, and his team have identified as a risk is when a pilot moves into a type new to him that has a significantly higher wing loading than airplanes … Continue reading

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Are We Pilots or Wimps?

Controllers asleep on the job is a fiasco for the FAA that is growing worse daily. But I am afraid that in the nonstop news coverage of the ATC system failures, we pilots have come off more as wimps than … Continue reading

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The Free Lift of Spring

I was flying home to Michigan after all the thunderstorm and tornado excitement of Sun ’n Fun. If there has ever been a major air show with worse and more severe weather than Sun ’n Fun this year, I can’t … Continue reading

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Sun ’n Fun and the Confederate Front

No GA pilot has spent more time studying the weather than Richard Collins. And Richard’s meteorological research and observation didn’t happen in a classroom – unless you, as I do, know that 20,000 hours of cross-country flying in a GA … Continue reading

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Don’t Let eAPIS Scare You

Stancie and I have been visiting Hope Town in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas for years and have gotten to know many people who also visit here at the same time. As you can imagine, many of the people … Continue reading

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Maneuvering Speed and Broken Airplanes

It’s been more than nine years since the vertical fin of an Airbus A300 operated by American Airlines broke, causing the wide body jet to crash shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport. All aboard were killed. The NTSB determined that … Continue reading

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