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,...
6 Things You Need To Remember During Soft Field Landings

6 Things You Need To Remember During Soft Field Landings

So you think you’re ready to land on grass? Landing on a soft-surfaced runway can be a ton of fun, but requires a few different steps compared to a conventional hard-surfaced landing. Here are a few tips to remember during soft field landings 1) The difference...
Tips for grounding an aircraft while refueling

Tips for grounding an aircraft while refueling

Lately, I have received a number of questions concerning grounding or bonding an aircraft during the refueling process. The reason for using a bonding strap during refueling is that when an electrically, non-conductive fluid-like Jet A or 100LL is transferred, these...
Tomorrow’s Wings

Tomorrow’s Wings

The airfoils and flight control surfaces of the future might be very different than what we’re used to. Think engines, lots of them, and bird wings. If you’ve been around aviation for any length of time, you know a few stories about so-called revolutionary aircraft...
The 4 Steps Of Spin Recovery, Explained

The 4 Steps Of Spin Recovery, Explained

Have you ever practiced a spin? If you have (and even if you haven’t), you’ve probably heard the recovery acronym “PARE”. But do you know what each step is for? First Off, What Exactly Is A Spin? Before we jump into the spin recovery steps,...
World’s 15 most scenic airport runways..!

World’s 15 most scenic airport runways..!

The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The runway is underwater once each day. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland...
Why Do Airplane Windows Have A Tiny Hole In Them?

Why Do Airplane Windows Have A Tiny Hole In Them?

Looking out the window of a airplane – with many hours to burn and a god-like perspective of the world – can get you pondering some of life’s big questions: Are we alone in the universe? How did it all begin? Is there purpose to our existence? Wait, what are those...
Passenger Jet Lands With Hole In Fuselage

Passenger Jet Lands With Hole In Fuselage

A hole in fuselage in the side of an Airbus A321 jet operated by Daallo Airlines, shortly after it departed from the Mogadishu airport in Somalia this morning, headed for Djibouti. Early reports said there was a loud noise, just minutes after takeoff, and at least two...