Safety

Managing failures without a pilot, UAV corridors, and heavy lift drones. A Covid ‘check flight’ opens the door onto a whole new world | Words & photos: Tim Cooper

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If it was working before… An unexpected loss of power challenges a Search and Rescue pilot during a test flight − and offers a broader lesson on coping with emergencies | Words: Al Potter

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Trained, current and well equipped - but maybe not so well prepared… By Richard Vowles

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Wot holes? One attempt to force the little homebuilt biplane into a proper stall turn results in grave embarrassment | Words: Bob Grimstead

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Terry Froggatt shares some anecdotes about ‘hangar therapy’ and how aviation is great for your health

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Angle of Attack (AOA) videos

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Star letter in our August issue was awarded to Robert Jago for an interesting discussion of stalls, airspeed indicators and angle of attack (AOA) indicators. Here is a selection of videos that examine this vital topic

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In this ‘behind the scenes’ video, Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise shows that he really is a Top Gun pilot

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We are not making it up says one pilot, after two drone encounters led him to investigate further | By: Robin Evans

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All that we see or seem/Is but a dream within a dream/I stand amid the roar/Of a surf-tormented shore. The words of Edgar Allan Poe resonate in my mind to this day | Words by Dan Vandenberg

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Minor distraction with some oil loss and a misbehaving autopilot becomes crisis when a warning light comes on

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Pushing on into challenging conditions is rarely the sensible option | Words: Sam Capie

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Air-brained quiz XIV

Thursday, April 2, 2020

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

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Tech log: Garmin G3X Touch air test

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Touch to navigate... see ADS-B traffic, monitor CHTs for optimal mixture leaning, set the autopilot or call up many other features. Putting Garmin’s retrofit-friendly G3X Touch and associated avionics through their paces elicits a severe case of ‘panel envy’ | Words: Colin Goodwin - Photos: Philip Whiteman

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Only the pilot in command makes the decisions, no-one else | By Shaun Richards

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When the alternator light comes on during the power check, it poses one question − when it comes on again over the sea, several others… By Anon

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Is the undercarriage really down? Or… get a proper diagnosis before you depart! Words by Richard Pratt

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Pilot’s Assistant Editor gets ‘upset’ in one of Ultimate High’s Firefly trainers and learns how to recover the situation | Words: Judith Austin

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Operating alone means it’s all down to you, whatever is thrown at you | Words by Douglas Baillie

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Quiz Air-brained quiz XIII

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

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The great drone myth. Are all the claimed airproxes fact or figments of imagination? | Words Mark Dale

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Is that the coast ahead or cloud? Plan B trumps get-home-itis but only if you made one earlier… | Words by: Martin Parry

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Quiz Air-brained quiz XII

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

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