Pilot Perspectives: Rod Machado

“You can make people cry or you can make them laugh.” A quip, by longtime CFI and renowned aviation author Rod Machado that almost perfectly encapsulates his unique and identifiable style. As any reader of Machado’s can attest, his material — seven books, countless articles, and dozens of videos — is as instantly recognizable for […]

Nobody’s flying the plane

During one of my airline simulator training sessions, the instructor put us about 10 miles from an initial approach fix, then she asked us to turn around so she could show us something. So focused were we on her, the first officer and I forgot to pay attention to the thrust levers. While she was […]

What is the best oil temperature for my engine?

At what temperature does piston aircraft engine oil break down? This is not the same as the maximum oil sump temperature allowed for your engine. Both Lycoming and Continental recommend a maximum oil temperature of around 245°F. Running at 245° may be OK during break-in or during climb out, but I do not recommend running […]

Out of sight and sound

I can’t imagine letting any of my kids fly an ultralight at 13 years old. And yet that is exactly what my parents let me do. Granted, I grew up on an airport and had flown with my Dad for years by the time I was 13. Training in the single-seat Robert B1-RD consisted of […]

When the wind blows

By CELIA VANDERPOOL From old European proverbs, people remembered seasonal weather cautions with rhyme: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. No weather is ill, if the wind be still. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight Red sky at morning, sailor take warning. As pilots, we know how to interpret […]

Dynon receives first Skyview STC for Cessna 172s

Dynon Avionics has received its first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its flagship SkyView HDX system. The STC’s Approved Model List (AML) covers many Cessna 172 models, according to company officials. The initial STC is for the installation of a full suite of Dynon avionics, allowing pilots to remove the vast majority of their legacy […]

Registration now open for SUN ‘n FUN Career Fair

Registration is now open for jobseekers for the 2018 Career Fair at SUN ‘n FUN, with 14 airlines actively recruiting pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants, and more. Slated for Wednesday, April 11 during the week-long fly-in, the fifth annual Career Fair will take place at The Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum. While it […]

Pictures of the Day: Flying on skis

Pilots and other guests flocked to Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., in early February for the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Skiplane Fly-In, always one of the more colorful events of the winter season. Nearly 30 skiplanes participated, and roughly 750 bowls of chili were served to those who braved the cold temperatures, according to […]

K9F0 first airport in Texas to see Swift Fuels unleaded avgas

DUBLIN, Texas — Dublin Municipal Airport (K9Fo) is now selling unleaded UL94 aviation gas for piston aircraft in collaboration with Swift Fuels. Using a specialized fuel dispensing unit, Swift Fuels will be the only on-site fuel distributed at Dublin Airport, which is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth. The announcement comes just days […]

Video: New initiative launched to educate public on drone laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) stakeholders, led by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), have launched a new initiative to educate the public about the existing drone laws they must follow and the consequences if they ignore or break the law. The new advertising campaign — Even the Sky Has […]