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Dick Collins tackles a tricky subject: suicide by airplane. How often does it really happen?
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I would take 3days vacation to read whole article.
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Think the angle of attack debate is new? Think again. Here's a great article from the May 1965 issue of Air Facts that reviews the long history and some of the technology.
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An interesting perspective, by Sporty's founder Hal Shevers. http://airfactsjournal.com/2015/04/important-person-airport/
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Another good "I Can't Believe I Did That" story.
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Great story from a new contributor about his spectacular flight across the Sierra-Nevada mountains. Great photos too: http://airfactsjournal.com/2015/04/adventure-circumnavigating-sierra-nevada-mountain-range/
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This is a hilarious story - every airline pilot has wanted to do this at least once! 
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and the answer is.... No choise. We are in the Middle of the flight .... lol
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We continue our search for the best $100 hamburger.
Our latest stop in the search for the perfect $100 hamburger takes us to Wisconsin. The Piccadilly Lilly claims it offers home cooking and "the best biscuits and gravy around." The airport is also close to an interesting architectural landmark, making it a fun excursion for pilots.
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There's real reason for optimism with electric airplanes, but also reason for caution. 4 interesting developments to consider here.
Just like a Chicago Cubs appearance in the World Series, predictions about the coming electric aircraft boom seem to pop up every year, only to be crushed by reality. But four recent developments should be intriguing, if not revolutionary, for general aviation pilots.
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This is a great read - Dick Collins sums up over 50 years of aviation safety writing in 3 rules. 
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More and more airplanes are being equipped with Electronic Stability systems, which monitor the pilot's performance at all times and gently nudge the controls back towards stable flight. Will such systems improve safety, or are they merely the latest gadget?
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Dick Collins says, "how you fly counts for a lot more than what you fly." Great tips in his latest article.
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Some interesting thoughts on proficiency and pilot attitudes. What do you think?
Regular training increases safety and confidence. It's good for you, right up there with eating more vegetables and exercising daily. But while all pilots know these facts, very few of us practice what we preach. Instead, we treat proficiency flights like a trip to the dentist: something we do only as often as we're required to, and even then we dread it.
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One more comment - I know one thing for sure. If that cockpit door had not been reinforced/locked/code keyed and the flight crew had been armed those people would still be alive today. The next time this happens it will be because one pilot over powered the other and crashed the plane.
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The online magazine for personal air travel--for pilots, by pilots.
Introduction

This is NOT your father’s Air Facts

Air Facts was first published in 1938 by Leighton Collins, dedicated to “the development of private air transportation.” It’s a different world now, and it’s a different Air Facts. Relaunched in 2011 as an online journal, Air Facts still champions, educates, informs and entertains pilots worldwide with real-world flying experiences.

No aviation topic is off-limits.

Nothing predictable about Air Facts. We’ll tackle any topic, analyze any situation and have our readers weigh in with their input. And the speed of the Internet makes covering current subjects immediate – no waiting three months for an opinion to appear in print.

Air Facts needs you.

Here’s the amazing difference in Air Facts. It’s primarily reader-written. Yes, aviation icon Richard Collins continues to share his unbelievable wealth of information on flying, technique, weather and a host of other topics, but the majority of articles are supplied by you, the reader.

By the way, we have fun too!

Check out our regular series on Go/No Go where you decide whether a particular flight is safe to take. There’s no right or wrong answer – you decide. We write about our mistakes, our lessons learned and the pure joy of what it means to be a pilot. Our readers write about their trips – at Air Facts, you climb in, buckle up and ride along. Air Facts covers serious topics, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We know that pilots are always learning.

Join the discussion – Pull up a chair!

Air Facts is interactive, so don’t be a lurker. Is there anything duller than an aviation forum where Jetboy343, FrankieMac and CirrusPilot12 dominate the forum with the same tired arguments hashed and rehashed day after day? Not at Air Facts! Sure we have regular readers, but our unique visitors are in the thousands – they comment as well – which guarantees you’ll always find a fresh perspective from a wide variety of pilots and not just from a small group of “regulars.”

Thanks, Sporty’s, for Air Facts

Air Facts is brought to you by Sporty’s Pilot Shop and the production and distribution is directed by John Zimmerman, an accomplished pilot and aircraft owner. John writes for Air Facts as well – his own blog and other articles too. Plus John is the one who creates the intriguingly entertaining Go/No Go’s, many based on his own experiences.

No subscriptions, no renewals, no registration, but…

Visit Air Facts any time you’d like. It’s all free. You don’t have to subscribe or sign up. We’ve even made commenting easy – we hate when we’re asked to supply our name, rank, serial number and a dozen other personal details just to leave a comment, and we bet you do too. But we offer a free series of email alerts – typically two or three a month – to tell you when new stories are posted or to let you know when a particular discussion is getting hot and heavy. Just sign up here and join in on the fun. Air Facts is your online journal.

And, speaking of the original magazine, we also go back and frequently pick articles that remain relevant and present them in our online journal. Just as “Stick and Rudder” is still a best selling aviation book after over 60 years of publication, much in the original Air Factsis timeless.