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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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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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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
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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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Mountains Demand Respect
The Rans S-7LS is what I refer to as a poor man’s bush plane. It can carry two people in comfort at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour (notice I didn’t say knots). And, when flown solo, it can be landed practically anywhere a pilot is skilled enoug
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Accident Briefs
The noninstrument-rated private pilot and passenger departed on the cross-county flight under visual flight rules (VFR) in visual meteorological conditions and proceeded on course at an altitude of about 9,000 ft mean sea level (msl). As the flight p
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Vertical Flight In Six Historic Steps
The history of vertical flight is fascinating, largely because finding ways to go straight up in the air was historically nearly impossible and remains complicated, difficult to achieve and riskier than fixed-wing flight. So, why do people want to do
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Cessna 172
IN terms of sheer numbers, the 172 is the most-produced plane in aviation history, making it, hence, the most popular Cessna ever. Numbers don’t lie, or at least they’re not lying in this case. So, the 172 must occupy the most legendary of lofty plac
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Alaska By Air
Trying to photograph something as vast and varied as the state of Alaska is, to put it lightly, a challenge. Alaska has twice the land mass of the Lower 48’s biggest state, Texas, and Number 49 is tremendously varied. It has, in fact, four distinct c
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The Alarming Backstory Of A Fatal Hawaii King Air Crash
Note: This analysis is of an NTSB Preliminary Accident Report. Any conclusions on the probable cause or causes of the accident will be addressed when the Safety Board’s final report is released. When it happened in June of 2019, TV news aired sensati
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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
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Ice Flying The Atlantic
We had departed Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in the early afternoon and flown to Scotland on the first leg of our trip from Europe to Tucson, Arizona. Belgian Formula One driver Thierry Boutsen had decided to trade in his Piper Cheyenn
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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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