John Zimmerman

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Flying with Garmin's Flight Stream 510

Garmin is continuing its relentless push for a connected cockpit, with avionics and apps that allow a wide variety of portable and panel-mount …

Friday Photo: Angel Falls, Venezuela

<i>Click on image for full size.</i><p><b>The view</b>: The tallest waterfall on the planet, Angel Falls in Venezuela<p><b>The airplane:</b> The reliable Cessna 172<p><b>The pilot:</b> …

Cessna

flying from Alaska to Argentina

You could fly from Alaska to South America in less than a day with an airline ticket. But what fun would that be? In this video, ride along as an …

Why you need renter's insurance

As you get close to your first solo, your flight instructor may talk to you about buying renter’s insurance (also called non-owned insurance). While …

Health Care

Optimize your iPad's location services settings

Your iPhone and iPad are constantly working behind the scenes to provide the best user experience possible based on available data. One of the main …

How to safely solo a student in minimum time

Another CFI joined me in the grass area between the runway and the taxiways at Tampa’s Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF), as we both watched my student …

Video Tip: Starting the airplane engine

Starting the airplane engine is one of the first hands-on procedures you’ll learn during your flight training. In our latest video tip, we’ll show …

Cessna

A multi-engine rating in a weekend

I recently added a multi-engine rating to my commercial certificate and it was one of the most fascinating experiences of my 30+ year flying career.<p>I …

Learning

Product PIREP video: Flight Gear Battery Pack

Keeping all your electronic devices charged in the cockpit is a continual struggle for many pilots. Between an iPad (or two), an iPhone, an ADS-B …

A long and noisy flight during the "good old days" or airline travel

As a connoisseur of airplanes, the DC-4 was far from my favorite heavier-than-air craft. Growing up in the years after World War II, my friends and I …

Engines

My unexpected bush pilot adventure

Want to do some bush flying in Alaska? “Yes, yes I do.” It took all of 1.3 seconds for me to reply when an opportunity arose to fly the backcountry …

National Parks

Flying with Stratus 3 and the FltPlan Go app

Appareo released the Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver last month, building on the success and reliability of previous-generation Stratus receivers. One of …

Apps

Friday Photo

<b>The moment:</b> first solo on my 16th birthday<p><b>The pilot:</b> Steven Solloway<p><b>The place:</b> Aurora Municipal Airport, Aurora, IL (KARR)<p><b>The aircraft:</b> Cessna 162 …

Engineering

Friday Photo: The Tetons

<i>Click on image for full size.</i><p><b>The view:</b> Just south Of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the Tetons in the background.<p><b>The pilot:</b> Duane Root<p><b>The airplane:</b> F.8L …

Jackson Hole

Guy garbage: a woman learns to fly in the 1950s

“Girls can’t fly airplanes,” was verbal garbage the guys kept tossing at me when I announced that I intended to learn to fly. It was the 1950s, and …

How to safely contain a tablet fire

Lithium-ion batteries are modern miracles: they provide enough power for an iPad to run for 6+ hours, they charge quickly and are lightweight. It’s …

Video tip: how to determine the wind speed aloft

As you begin to plan flights away from your home airport it’s important to know the wind speed and direction at higher altitudes to help compute …

Online Life

Chasing the rabbit

When I first upgraded to captain about seven years ago, I flew with a first officer who was senior to me (this has happened many times over my …

A systematic approach to planning a trip in ForeFlight

While in-flight features like terrain alerts and ADS-B weather get a lot of attention, it’s the preflight where apps like ForeFlight can really save …

Maps

Threats: can they keep us safe?

As pilots, we complete all kinds of training. Depending on what we fly or which company we fly for, we all receive, and are required to complete, a …

Masters Degree

flying the Icon A5 seaplane around Miami

The Icon A5 is a different kind of airplane. Instead of focusing on speed, range, and payload, it focuses on fun. As an amphibious Light Sport …

Flying

Friday Photo: Western Australia from a 172

<i>Click on image for full size.</i><p><b>The view:</b> Mongers Lake – 150nm northeast of Perth, Western Australia<p><b>The pilot:</b> Geoff van Schie<p><b>The airplane:</b> Cessna</b> …

Western Australia

My greatest misadventure

I consider myself a blessed person. Blessed for becoming a pilot, seeing the world in a way so many people can only dream about. Blessed for having a …

Motivation

The incident that caused me to walk away from flying for two years

A few years ago, two other pilots and I decided to make a trip from Seattle to Oregon for a fly-in. Each pilot would be a separate airplane with …

Columbia River

ADS-B Update: equipping for 2020 and reviewing portables

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is a hot topic among pilots right now. With the January 1, 2020 deadline to equip with ADS-B …

Portable

Video tip: how to calculate weight and balance

Take the time to compute the total weight of the airplane and center of gravity (CG) before every flight, based on the number of occupants, baggage …

Mathematics

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh recap for iPad pilots (it was a big year) - iPad Pilot News

We just returned from a busy and exciting week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, where we saw general aviation firing on all cylinders. There were over …

Garmin

Fitting in flying around a busy life - and learning a lesson

As a student pilot, the ups and downs of the learning cycle can be as exhilarating as your first flight or as frustrating as bad weather on a day you …

South Carolina

Only the realistic survive

You’ve heard the cliche: flying isn’t dangerous, it’s just unforgiving. This may be a tired saying, but it’s very true, and if we’re honest with …

Self-help

Friday Photo: Santa Barbara smoke

<i>Click on image for full size.</i><p><b>The view:</b> Eastbound IFR departure out of KSBA during the December fires in the Santa Barbara/ Ventura County</b> …

Santa Barbara