https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/4.jpg 900 1200 Tony Vallillo https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Tony Vallillo2016-07-11 15:20:352016-07-17 08:31:41Visual or instrument approach? This one is both
There are a number of places in the world where, for one operational reason or another, the standard mold just doesn’t fit. The river visual approach to 18 at DCA comes to mind, as does the Expressway visual to 31 at LGA. But the approach most people are at least mildly familiar with is the famous Canarsie approach at JFK.
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It was required that we do a project to evaluate dives and recoveries of the T-37 Air Force trainer, though I was not then, and am still not, sure how that was to be utilized in the training curriculum. We decided to do the two ingredients separately in programmed, and recorded, flight testing – dives at various angles, and pullouts at various g's – and then recombine them in various combinations analytically.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/top-10-feature.jpg 280 520 John Zimmerman https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png John Zimmerman2015-12-30 10:50:342016-01-04 17:37:31Top 10 articles of 2015 at Air Facts
We had 76 different pilots write for Air Facts over the past 12 months. Almost all of these were just regular pilots who had a story, tip or opinion to share, but they brought an incredibly diverse range of experiences and perspectives. In closing out the year, we thought readers might enjoy a look back at our top 10 most popular articles.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/map-of-cuba.jpeg 697 1047 Trevor Bradley https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Trevor Bradley2015-12-14 16:36:152017-09-06 13:39:59Will the Cuban Skyway come to life once again?
Not too long after the birth of aviation itself, a surging community was forming in Cuba. It was a community that dominated the tropical skies. And that congregated at airstrips scattered amongst the sugarcane and tobacco fields. Can it come back?
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Airports are homes for planes. But of course they can be quite a bit more. My plane is based at Westchester County Airport (aka White Plains Airport). The airport was built in 1942 as a base for the Air National Guard, but is now one of the most active general aviation airports in the US.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AF-747-in-TWA-colors-feature.jpg 280 520 Air Facts Staff https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Air Facts Staff2015-07-31 17:54:592021-01-26 14:51:02From the archives: Leighton Collins flies a 747 to Paris
One of the most popular stories from the Air Facts archive is Leighton Collins's spellbinding trip report from the cockpit of an early Boeing 707 on the way to Europe. In this article, we move 10 years into the future, as Collins again flies to Europe with TWA captain Bob Buck. This time they are in the larger and more advanced 747.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AF-Neil-Armstrong-feature.jpg 280 520 Dan Littmann https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Dan Littmann2015-07-19 23:15:322015-07-29 18:12:54Professor Armstrong – learning from an airplane geek and astronaut
It is only through the lens of history that I have come to appreciate the unique opportunity afforded to me 40 years ago while attending the University of Cincinnati. Neil Armstrong was a member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty there from 1971 to 1979. I attended his classes.
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In honor of Father’s Day, Mary LeSueur shares her memories of accompanying her father, a Cessna test pilot, to work. She shares the thrills and delights for a young girl witnessing the action in the Cessna hangars and runway, and the life-long lessons she learned.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AF-Cessna-310-feature.jpg 280 520 Harry Clements https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Harry Clements2015-06-05 14:17:152015-06-05 14:17:15The Cessna Fanjet 310 – a half century ahead of its time, sort of…
A Cessna 310 with fanjet engines mounted over the wings?! The improbable design was actually considered in the early 1950s, and one of the designers who worked on the project shares his memories. While the airplane never flew, there are echoes of it in the new HondaJet.
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This article, originally published in the May 1965 issue of Air Facts, is a companion to Richard Collins's recent article on "The three keys to flying safely." Here, Richard's father considers the history of angle of attack as both a concept and an instrument, which offers important lessons for pilots of any airplane. This is not a new debate.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AF-Cessna-170-low-wing-feature.jpg 280 520 Harry Clements https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Harry Clements2015-02-25 13:54:282017-11-07 10:10:43The low wing Cessna 170 – a great idea that didn’t fly
The three views, of the airplane described by the article title, that accompany this piece were taken from an “unofficial” board size drawing I knew I had stowed away somewhere around the house, but only recently found and reclaimed. The drawing is entitled “Preliminary Design, Model 170 Replacement” and dated February 2, 1955.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AF-Tonga-feature.jpg 280 520 Maurie Baston https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Maurie Baston2015-02-13 15:08:372017-09-06 12:37:44Playing politics at 27,000 feet – a story from the South Pacific
In the corridors of power many aviation decisions are made that do not normally affect those of us on the flight deck responsible for a successful flight. But sometimes they do. Such was the case of the Rarotongan Voters Project, where two separate governments intervened mid-flight.
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Reader Dave Sandidge's uncle, Bernard Threet, was an ag pilot in the Mississippi Delta region for many years. After his uncle's recent death, Sandidge wanted to honor him by sharing the story of his memorable cross-country in a Piper Cub crop duster. And what a story it is.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/AF-landing-sid-feature.jpg 280 520 John Laming https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png John Laming2015-01-07 10:22:072017-09-06 12:35:08Thanks for the landing
Former RAAF pilot John Laming remembers one of his first flight instructors, a unique and thoughtful man he would encounter many times throughout his career. Reconnecting after 40 years, the two pilots made a memorable final flight that shows the special bond two pilots share.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/AF-checkerboard-approach.jpg 280 520 Bob Buck https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Bob Buck2014-12-26 08:51:032017-09-06 12:37:11From the archives: to Hong Kong in a 707
Once again the Air Facts archives offer a mesmerizing flying story from record-setting airline captain Bob Buck. In this article, from the March 1969 edition, Buck takes us from New York to all kinds of exotic places in his Boeing 707: Frankfurt, Athens, Tel Aviv, India and finally Hong Kong.
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We're proud to release our annual review of the year that was at Air Facts. Among nearly 150 articles published in 2014, these were the 10 most popular. What were the hot topics in 2014?
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/AF-CH46-feature.jpg 280 520 Arnold Reiner https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Arnold Reiner2014-12-01 11:46:232017-05-08 16:18:58The trip to Dong Den Mountain
Luxury hotels line the idyllic beach today. Forty-eight years ago, it was a bare sugar white expanse of sand and surf and the site of our crude Marine Corps helicopter base known as Marble Mountain Air Facility just east of Da Nang by the South China Sea. Our Marine CH-46 helicopter squadron had flown ashore ten days earlier.
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In this current era of over-regulation, it may seem, understandably to anyone reading this story now, that we were a bunch of over-enthusiastic young men with little sense of professional responsibility. But it was another time and things were different then. For this ancient airman, they were the good old days and I mourn their passing.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/AF-TWA-727-feature.jpg 280 520 Richard Collins https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Richard Collins2014-11-12 16:00:472016-09-28 17:53:08From the archives: Dick Collins on airline vs. GA flying
In our latest trip through the Air Facts archives, we discovered this gem from the April 1965 issue. Here, a young Richard Collins considers the advantages and disadvantages of traveling on the airlines versus flying oneself by light airplane. Is it really worth it to fly instead of ride? Nearly 50 years later, many pilots are still asking the question--Collins answers it definitively.
https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/AF-t37-feature.jpg 280 520 Harry Clements https://airfactsjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Air-Facts-Logo340.png Harry Clements2014-10-06 17:07:322014-10-06 17:07:32Profiling works in solving airplane problems–usually
Profiling is, in this discussion, a procedure to narrow down the possible causes of a problem based on its location in the airplane and timing in the order of events in a flight, and then with evaluation of the potential causes, select appropriate solutions to try. The case I'm going to describe occurred with the Cessna T-37 twin jet trainer.