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?
Is there any truth to the story that if your static port gets blocked you can break the glass on the vertical speed indicator to restore the system?
Through the years, we were variously labeled as Aeronauts, Aviators and Aviatrixes; Birdmen and Birdwomen; Eagles; Fliers; Pilots; and sometimes Operator or Occupant.
There are 635 Hot Spots at airports across the United States right now.
While I don’t know where the term black box comes from, I’m pretty sure I know why it won’t go away: It sounds cool.