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Articles by John E. McLain

Prior to his retirement as a career flight instructor, John McLain accrued over 18,000 flight hours of which more than 13,000 were dual given. He has conducted over 4000 flight tests in his twenty-five years as a designated pilot examiner. These articles first appeared in The Southern Aviator and are reprinted with John's permission.

In Memoriam: John E. McLain
Paul Hesse (April 2014)
In Memoriam: John E. McLain

John McLain, a longtime friend, mentor, Designated Pilot Examiner and CFII passed away on April 5, 2014.

Be Careful of GPS
John E. McLain (February 2006)

I came back recently from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Raleigh Durham, N.C., in a Cessna 150 with a single nav/com radio, in solid instrument conditions, and terminating in a 600-1 VOR approach.

Back in the early …

Observations from an examiner
John E. McLain (October 2005)

I have been a instructor for more than 40 years, and a pilot examiner for 26. In these two positions, I have seen students and pilots with a wide range of abilities, education and experience. …

Advice Heeded
John E. McLain (June 2005)

This year is my 45th year as a pilot. In that time, I have benefited greatly from the advice and guidance of many experienced pilots. Recently I unpacked all of my old log books and …

Back to Basics
John E. McLain (February 2005)

Over the past year or so while conducting flight tests and recurrent training, I’ve noticed an alarming trend: the almost total dependence on advanced navigation systems such as GPS, flight data systems, and the so-called …

Complacency
John E. McLain (October 2004)

The toughest flight test by any standards is the Private Pilot Flight Test. This starts from square one. The applicant is not assumed to have demonstrated any aviation knowledge or skill beforehand. Through oral and …