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Bad Altitude -- A Formula for Disaster

While talking once with avionics professionals at the Aircraft Electronics Association show I learned some problems they found over the course of the years -- one of which was so serious I nearly dropped my flight bag.  The issue involved “paper” altimeter static checks, or the routine check that allows ATC to be sure that your plane is at the altitude it says it is.

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Back and Forth on Weighty Issues

One of the “rites of passage” of learning to fly is learning to compute the center of gravity -- but how many pilots keep plotting c.g. after their checkride and just how important and how useful is it? You may be surprised...

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AWOS Controversy

Having an AWOS at an uncontrolled airport makes getting local weather information easy -- but when this machine reports the weather, does that report become the 'official' and 'legal' report or is the information simply an advisory?

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Aviation's Best Kept Secret

The PRICE: At 11:09 AM on Sunday, December 1, 1974, TWA 514 was IMC and inbound to Virginia's Dulles Airport and due to an ambiguous approach procedure and a misunderstood clearance, the crew descended prematurely to their final approach altitude.

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