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Ice and Tail Stalls
This common photo from an icing lab shows a startling example of clear ice buildup on the small radius of the airfoil, along with dramatic ice horns that develop as ice builds.

Ice and Tail Stalls

If you think stall recovery only involves lowering the nose and applying power, and if you occasionally fly in icing conditions, you could someday make a fatal error.

Every year structural icing claims a small but steady number of airplanes. Many of the accidents are on approach in clear air - after the airplane has already collected a load of ice. We look at it afterwards and wonder - the airplane had been doing fine - why did it crash well after it escaped from icing conditions?

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Get Your Mask On

Get Your Mask On

Recent high-profile accidents are bringing needed attention to hypoxia. All high-flyers have oxygen on board, but can you tell when you need it, and can you get it quickly?

On September 5, 2014 the chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association, Larry Glazer and his wife, Jane were on board a Socata TBM 900 single-engine turboprop that crashed into the ocean off the coast of Jamaica.

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It's Just a Timer

It's Just a Timer

Few of us time approaches any more, but there are a lot of other events in flight that need to be timed. Heres a look at some cheap kitchen timers for those tasks.

There were no GPS approaches when I learned instruments, so we timed everything. To do so, I purchased a simple Timex kitchen timer with direct entry via separate zero through nine buttons. Need to time 2:16? Push 2-1-6-start. I stopped using that trusty timer after a panel upgrade.

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Brightline Flight Bags

Brightline Flight Bags

This bag system is versatile and customizable tot he point of distraction, allowing you to make exactly what you want from their components. Some discipline required.

What’s the perfect flight bag for you? I can guarantee it’s different from mine. But each of us has many of the same storage requirements. Most of us have a headset or two and a tablet computer. We all have a flashlight, paper and pens. Some of us might carry a dedicated GPS or a handheld radio.

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Potpourri

Potpourri

This month I’ll cover a few unrelated items that deserve some space, but not an entire page.

This issue begins my third year at the helm of IFR—I survived the first two years without any airframe-threatening severe turbulence. But it hasn’t been a smooth ride, either. Indeed, each month delivers at least some moderate chop.

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Resource Management

Resource Management

There are countless tasks involved in flying, and most of those tasks rely on outside resources. Manage those resources for a successful outcome.

Many young aspiring pilots think that being an airline pilot is the pinnacle of the aviation profession. Maybe it is; maybe it isn’t.

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Have Some Compassion

Have Some Compassion

Small annoyances can lead to big problems at the worst times, and some situations have no perfect answers. The rules? Sometimes, they dont help much, either.

Why is it when you’re trying to do something good, the weather always turns bad? Today’s mission is a Patient Airlift Services (PALS) flight from Montpelier, Vermont to Boston, Massachusetts.

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