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Security Theater?

Some might say it’s because of the security imposed on airline travel. Perhaps, but where’s the evidence that GA poses a threat?

Too Safe?

Recently someone reached out to me to discuss Richard McSpadden’s accident. While I try not to be a Monday-morning quarterback, he asked general questions...

Yearly Isn’t Enough

Eight years ago I retired from Part 121 flying. I currently have plenty of time in my logbook. At the airline I was flying...

New Opportunities

Unless you ignore general aviation news, you’ve probably already heard that all of the Belvoir Media Aviation titles—Aviation Consumer, Aviation Safety, AVweb, IFR, and...

It Can Happen

After over 8000 hours of general-aviation and airline flying, the other day I declared an emergency for the first time outside of training. It...

Too Difficult

Occasionally, a reader will complain that our Sim Challenges are too difficult. Really? That’s the point. Some pilots, a group that I reluctantly admit...

Staying Alive is Best

Uncommon is a magazine editor who doesn’t occasionally struggle to come up with a topic for the monthly editorial. For me, it’s become one...

It’s Good to See Traffic

General Aviation is quite safe, still largely due to the see-and-be-seen principle. Recent technology advances aid that mandate, but we still should see traffic...

BRIEFING JUNE 2023

Space Traffic Jam Addressed The FAA says it will try to ease disruptions to air traffic caused by increasing numbers of space launches. Airlines complain...

See the Big Picture

Earlier this year, there were a number of near misses during airport operations. These included one aircraft nearly landing on top of another that...

Help Your Mechanic

Recently, my mechanic showed me the list of squawks I’d told him about in recent texts, phone calls, and even e-mails. At the top...

Approach Considerations

Garmin GPS navigators can use either of two databases for en-route and terminal navigation. Both are available through Garmin; one is a Garmin product...