What Would You Do?
What Would You Do?
Nest Egg
Nest Egg
I had made a long cross-country to visit a friend in Baton Rouge. Returning to the airport for departure the next morning, I noticed a bird sitting on my propeller blade. For some reason, I went a little further than usua ...
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Buying An Old Airplane
Buying An Old Airplane
My 1969 Cherokee is the newest of the three airplanes I have owned. The year it was built is the same year I received my wings as a new USAF pilot, got married, and started flying C-130s in Topeka, Kansas. Those are dista ...
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Extra Special VFR
Extra Special VFR
In more than a dozen years of flight instructing, I have often asked pilots during Flight Reviews if they ever use Special VFR. Most have only a vague recollection of the rules from their primary training. But in certain ...
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Sectional Review - Part Two
Sectional Review - Part Two
In our first review of sectional charts, we looked at airports underlying MOAs, at military training routes, towers under construction, and places where the floor of Class E airspace is non-standard.There is so much more ...
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Ski Plane Weekend
Ski Plane Weekend
When snow covers the ground in the northern US and Canada, some pilots put their airplanes to bed for the winter. But there is a different kind of flying that is very popular for others.Every year for about the last 15 ye ...
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Top 5 Piper Paint Schemes of All Times
Top 5 Piper Paint Schemes of All Times
The "Cub Yellow" is one of the most popular colors flaunted by a Piper aircraft. However, there have been numerous other colors that have been experimented with on the Pipers. Here is a list of 5 Piper paint sch ...
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Ramp Checks
Ramp Checks
It was the first very nice day in spring, and I had just landed after taking my oldest son for an airplane ride. As I got ready to push the plane back into the hangar, I saw a blue van approach, and two men wearing ID bad ...
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The First Plane to Fly Pole to Pole
The First Plane to Fly Pole to Pole
There have been hundreds of Pipers that have gone down into the annals of history for many of the firsts or record achievements. Elgen Long's twin-engined Piper Navajo is the first plane in aviation history to fly pole-t ...
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Sectional Review
Sectional Review
Whether you are using electronic or paper charts, there is an incredible amount of information available on your Sectional. Unfortunately, many VFR pilots just plug the destination into the GPS or tablet, and fly direct ...
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Preflight Your Passengers
Preflight Your Passengers
We are pilots. Unless the weather is lousy or we suspect there may be a problem with the airplane, we usually have no apprehension at all when we climb into the cockpit. It's familiar, and most of the time it's fun.Our pa ...
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