How do N-Numbers get assigned? Why are they so wildly different? Who has N-1? And what about other countries? These questions — and more — are answered by our Questions From the Cockpit columnist William E. Dubois.
While pilots have to report getting caught driving under the influence, what about other alcohol-related troubles? And why does the FAA care about our drinking behavior?
A METARmap is functional art. Or the synthesis of art and technology. Or perhaps artistic technology. Or tech-imbedded art. Whatever you want to call it, it’s totally frickin’ cool.
Do the yellow shapes surrounding cities on the VFR Sectional Chart show the appearance of the various cities’ lights at night? Our intrepid columnist investigates this colorful query.
Fowler isn’t a what, but a who. They’re named after Harlan Davey Fowler, the guy who invented the most complicated flap in our arsenal.
“How short must a field be to be a short field?” It’s a question that you’d think would have a simple answer…
Is it true you can break a whiskey compass and use the liquid to start a fire in a survival situation? And why are they called “whiskey compasses” any way?
Are non-towered airports really like the wild, wild west? And should there be more laws governing them?
The FAA tells us that learning effective aeronautical decision making (ADM) is critical. But how can CFIs do that? William E. Dubois suggests CFIs do a half barrel roll and look at things differently.
What’s the lowest density altitude ever recorded? And just how well would a plane perform in those conditions?