This Is What A 900 Knot Closure Rate Looks Like

This Is What A 900 Knot Closure Rate Looks Like

Aircraft flying in RVSM airspace have 1,000 feet of vertical separation, which can look really close. Especially when your closure rate to another aircraft is over 900 knots. Here’s what it looks like from the flight deck. Quoted
Boeing Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Boeing Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the date when one of the most influential aircraft manufacturers in the history of the world — The Boeing Company — was born. Since July 15, 1916, the Seattle-based aircraft giant has had its ups and downs. But managed to weather...
Piper Delivers First M600

Piper Delivers First M600

Piper Aircraft delivered the first M600 single-engine turboprop yesterday, handing over the keys to the airplane to its new owners a day after Flying had a chance to put the model through its paces. Which was closely followed by the FAA’s final validation flight...
Solar Impulse: Zero fuel plane lands in Cairo

Solar Impulse: Zero fuel plane lands in Cairo

The Sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse (Zero fuel plane) has finished its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. It took off from the Spanish city of Seville at 04:20 GMT on Monday, taking just over 48 hours to make the trip. The zero fuel plane...
Three things no pilot wants to hear

Three things no pilot wants to hear

Pilots have many popular sayings we share among ourselves and with others. They result from a desire to impress non-pilots with our “daredevil” spirit and how we “conquer” the mystique of flying, sprinkled with a certain fatalism. I’m thinking of things like, “The...
Landing In Aspen With A 16 Knot Tailwind

Landing In Aspen With A 16 Knot Tailwind

This should have been an easy flight. As scenic trip through the mountains on a gorgeous day. And then this: So how did we get here? Aspen’s a short flight from our home base of Denver Centennial. Driving takes 4 or 5 hours, depending on traffic. Flying only...
Can You Fly This IFR Cross Country Into St. Paul, MN?

Can You Fly This IFR Cross Country Into St. Paul, MN?

What happens when your radios fail? 1) You call up center for your clearance on the ground at Sky Harbor airport (KDYT) and they say: “Piper 334FL, cleared to the St. Paul airport as filed, climb and maintain 4,000 expect 6,000 one zero minutes after departure,...