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Who Needs A Certificate Anyway?

Isn't the entire pilot licensing concept just one big government boondoggle? Why shouldn't you be allowed to just buy the airplane you want and go fly it around? Where's the proof that having a certificate makes you safer?...

How Not to Botch The FAA Medical

The medical form has a box asking about hospital admission. To keep yourself out of the psych ward, go ahead and just check it and let the FAA figure out what it means....

Space Race: Virgin vs. Blue Origin

Both companies are rushing to be the first to loft space tourists into the inky blackness above the Karman line. They'll need to be mindful of competition getting ahead of risk assessment....

Can Dynon's Installation Policy Really Work?

Until now, you went to an established avionics shop for a major avionics retrofit. But Dynon is changing that paradigm and opening up the installation of its Certified SkyView suite to A&P mechanics. Is this really a wise idea?...

Aireon Casts A Net

With tracking satellites in place, no place on Earth remains unknown. While that may make a truly lost aircraft a thing of the past, it also diminishes the mystery of exploration....

They Call The Wind Betty

The wind is never tricky, malicious, diabolical or even remorseless. It's just wind and you're stuck with dealing with it. In today's blog, let's examine some of the way you might, nevertheless, blame it fot everything from your bad landings to lumbago....

What If They Had A PAFI And No One Came?

With Swift's announcement this week that it's giving up on the FAA's PAFI program, Shell remains the only contender for an unleaded replacement. But will they redo their formula and try again or just give it a pass?...

When There's No Need For Speed

Writing about landings gone bad is a perennial favorite of aviation columnists. And guess what? There's an unending supply of raw material. In today's blog, we offer this bit of advice: No one can help you with your crappy landings. Figure it out for yourself....

Chagrin And Bear It

Even if no one died, mistakes of the past cling to the consciousness like a bad odor. At least writing a blog about it helps....

The Limits Of Reality

Military services are using VR tech to help train pilots and techs more effectively. How far this will go is anyone's guess, but one thing is certain: If human pilots haven't been replaced by machines a decade or two from now, machines will be doing the teaching....

Unleaded Avgas: All On The Same Page (Not)

If you were thinking the torturous road to unleaded avgas was about to straighten and reveal the path to enlightenment, this year's much-anticipated fuel briefings at AirVenture would have been a shocking disappointment. In today's AVweb blog, avgas expert Paul Millner explains why the FAA's PAFI process doesn't exactly inspire confidence....

A Suicide in Seattle

We may all wish for an explanation of why a ramp worker would steal an airliner and crash it. But it's futile to expect one....

Dubious Idea Of The Week: Autonomous Skyhawk

Right idea. Wrong airplane....

Propping? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Just when you think you've got it figured out, fate intervenes....

I Flew The Cornfield Bomber

Following up our video on this storied F-106, it turns out that even after its cornfield slide, the airplane was a joy to fly. As the author says, it became somewhat of a celebrity and remains so yet today....