Spin Training: Not So Sure?

Stall/Spin accidents account for only about 8 percent of the total accidents, but they are responsible for 25 percent of the fatalities and serious…

Lights/Transponder ‘ON’ for Safety

These days, runway incursion avoidance is a big deal. The FAA is doing everything it can by educating pilots and controllers so we don’t…

Spherics Lightning Detectors vs. Radar

Right up front, I must declare that I am partial to lightning detection devices, aka “spherics” receivers, for thunderstorm avoidance. There are two of…

Night Flight

It was 11:07 p.m. local when I called Oakland Center. We had just departed Runway 32 at Sonoma County Airport and were making a…

ADS-B, Check!

It seems that the concept of equipping for “Next Gen” has been around for a long time. My first encounter with it was in…

The Soft Fields of Spring

For most pilots, the arrival of spring is a joyous occasion. But for those of us operating out of airports with grass or dirt…

So You Want to Be a Flight Instructor?

Imagine a help-wanted advertisement that stated, in part: “…applicant must be very responsible and of the highest integrity; must have effective communication skills; must…

IFR Gone Good

Bill Castlen didn’t realize how good a writer he is. Bill submitted this story to IFR Magazine about the same time he submitted it…

Between a Rock and a Hard Spot

There is a lot of information and advice out there about how to handle an engine failure. Though I am not minimizing the seriousness…