Rushing the Preflight Inspection

Two seconds of time would have saved a towbar—and more.
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Post-Maintenance Test Pilot

Make a first flight after work on your airplane with a dose of caution.
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Down to Empty Fuel Tanks

Low fuel in a Varga leads to a runway overrun.
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Density-Altitude Debacle Leads To Near Disaster

Departing a high-elevation airport in warm weather strains the capabilities of a Grumman Tiger.
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Terror at 25,000 Feet

Losing the windshield—then losing the engine
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When One Bad Decision Follows Another

A controller’s voice becomes a calming friend.
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Caught in a Thunderstorm

A glider is not an all-weather machine.
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Jackie’s Last Flight

Lessons from a life sharing the air.
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Use the Checklist

The proper procedures would help avoid an international incident.
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Loss of Power on Takeoff

An instructor’s decision to land is a wake-up call.
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Icing Out of Options

Is the weather that lies ahead worse than what lies underneath the clouds?
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ILAFFT: When Paying Attention Pays Off

What to do when your alternator gives up the ghost?
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A Hop-Skip-Jump Turns Into a Serious Flight

What happens when all of your stressors go into one short flight? A lot, it turns out.
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Slow Down Your Flying

When haste leads to the loss of a fuel cap.
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Hazardous Attitude on Checkouts

Who needs a checkout? You do.
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Engine Trouble on a Nighttime Check Run

A propeller due for an overhaul makes for a valuable lesson.
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A Wannabe Corporate Pilot Learns a Lesson

What happens when a desire to fly for a living trumps common sense.
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I Learned about Flying from That: Handling an Emergency at 29,000 Feet

What happened to a pilot when the windscreen fractured without warning.
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I Learned about Flying from That: Close Call

A heavy-iron encounter over the Mojave Desert nearly ends in disaster.
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I Learned about Flying from That: Not-So-Great Expectations

A hot take off and poor fuel planning.
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