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Explore the world of general aviation aircraft with our reviews. Written from a pilot's perspective, these reviews provide fantastic insight into what these general aviation planes are really like.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Bottle, Old Wine


The Waco biplane is 80 years old, but still brand new

New Bottle, Old WineAdmit it. Even if you fly Boeing 777s or Airbus 380s for a living, haven't you always wanted to climb into the rear pit of an open-cockpit biplane and launch for near horizons?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Waco YMF-5D


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Aircraft For The Adventurist


These airplanes have adventure written all over them

Aircraft For The AdventuristOur category of adventure aircraft consists primarily of models not always confined to flights from Denver to Dallas or Atlanta to Wichita.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seven Twins For The New Year


This category added one model to the list

Seven Twins For The New YearPiston twins have gradually dwindled down to a precious few.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Finding The Perfect Turbine


Your magic carpet awaits

Finding The Perfect TurbineWith an improving economy and fuel prices headed down, the turbine market is heating up.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Light Sport For 2015


Our report on the best of the light-sport world for the coming year

Light Sport For 2015Nobody would argue that the introduction of light-sport aircraft (LSA) changed general aviation in ways unseen since the golden era of Cubs and Luscombes.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Premier Edition 172


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Every Revolution Needs A Leader


While it may seem like Déjà vu all over again, Premier’s “have it your way” approach to converting 172s to Jet A may finally get the shift to diesel power off the ground.

Every Revolution Needs A LeaderIt's not like there aren't already options on the market for Cessna 172 owner/operators who want all the Skyhawk's pilot-friendly familiarity with the added benefit of a fuel/money-saving diesel power plant.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cessna’s Super Single


Cessna hopes the new TTx will make a reasonable transition airplane for pilots stepping up to the Mustang

Cessna’s Super SingleLooking down from 25,000 feet, I can see the Channel Islands to the northwest and Mt. San Jacinto guarding Palm Springs to the east.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cessna TTx


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

21st Century Propulsion


New engine technologies are here

21st Century PropulsionFrom the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk to the dawn of the Jet Age, almost every airplane was powered by an internal combustion engine—most using gasoline.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

From Avgas To Jet A


A new engine option powers Up the “Two Weeks To Taxi” program

From Avgas To Jet AHow many prospective aircraft owners would opt for the performance of an experimental homebuilt aircraft if it didn't involve flying an airplane they had to build themselves?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Diesel Sportsman


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dreams Do Come True


Eclipse has come a long way with its new 550 jet

Dreams Do Come TrueThere's a new Eclipse jet in the sky, and it may just be the one everyone wanted in the first place.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eclipse 550


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Increase Your Power


A roundup of modification and conversion options for your engine

Increase Your PowerThere are many things in aviation that we'd all like more of: more runway in front of us, more altitude below us, more speed, more fuel in the tanks, more legroom for passengers, more useful load and more engine power all come to mind.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Searching For New Lift In The U.S.


An uncompromising motorglider is set to soar

Searching For New  Lift In The U.S.If you've ever fooled around with a gravity knife, you can imagine the eureka moment Dr. Reiner Stemme likely experienced while trying to develop a motorglider providing both uncompromising soaring and outstanding powered performance.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stemme S10-VT


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Engine Break-In: It's Easier Than You Think


A proper engine break-in can go far in encouraging long engine life, low oil burn and reliable service

Engine Break-In: It's Easier Than You Think Perhaps more than some aviators, I'm often reminded how essential good mechanical work is on an airplane.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Than Simply The Fastest


Mooney reenters the general aviation high-performance retractable market with the Acclaim S

More Than Simply The FastestEven if you've never flown one, Mooneys have a universal appeal as tough, quick-handling, economical, fast machines, often analogized as sport planes.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mooney Acclaim S


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Making A Turn To Turbine


Piper’s flagship, the Meridian, simplifies the turboprop transition

Making A Turn To TurbineNo one makes it easier for a pilot to step up to a turboprop than Piper Aircraft.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Piper PA-46 Meridian


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)


A few little known thoughts. Ever heard of the Cessna 620? Why T-tails? A Seneca Tri-Motor?

20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)Beech Barons have always been among the best-handling twins in the sky, but they did have a curious anomaly.