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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, February 24, 2015

Pilatus PC-12


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Swiss Heavy Hauler


Largest of the single-engine jetprops, the King Air-sized Pilatus PC-12 also offers off-airport versatility

Swiss Heavy  HaulerSixty years ago when Piper introduced the first everyman's business twin, the PA-23 Apache, everyone automatically accepted the premise that twins were naturally safer than singles.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Sport Expo Roundup


Annual gathering refocuses on affordable flying

2015 Sport Expo RoundupOfficial attendance figures aside, the 134 vendors occupying 158 booth spaces set a new record, Filip said, and included 40 first-time exhibitors.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sling


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Fighter For The Masses


This South African LSA offers big-plane performance in a nimble, economical package

A Fighter For The MassesWhat can you do with a Sling? In today's world, an aircraft needs to be fun, stable, efficient and—most of all—useful.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gyroplanes Buyer’s Guide 2015


Big views, big safety, low cost

Gyroplanes Buyer’s Guide 2015Gyroplanes are one of the last remaining secrets in the aviation community.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ATP: All In With Archer


Forty years and counting, Piper’s predictable, perennial, perpetual Archer begins its fifth decade as one of the world’s best institutional trainers

ATP: All In With ArcherIf you believe what more and more folks in the travel business are saying these days, we're headed for a pilot shortage—or perhaps we're already in one.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Archer


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.