Don’t Forget Your GUMPS Check

Don’t Forget Your GUMPS Check

I’m happy to say that I’ve never landed with my gear up. Of course that’s not surprising considering that that I’ve only flown fixed gear aircraft up to this point. The closest I’ve been was a simulated experience. After completing the...
The Cessna 172 Electrical System

The Cessna 172 Electrical System

I remember being told that the airplane was equipped with a 28 volt, direct current, alternator driven electrical system. “Is that good?” I thought, as a student pilot without a background in mechanical stuff. It could have been a 1.21 gigawatts electrical...
The Autopilot: Past, Present and Future

The Autopilot: Past, Present and Future

I’ve never stood on the wing of an airplane mid-flight. I guess it’s nothing I’ve ever considered. If I ever found myself in that situation, though, I’d likely want to have a very competent pilot at the controls. So I certainly haven’t...