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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, May 8, 2012

Kiss & Bristell


Friendly, refined, beefy for rough-field training, yet a cruiser’s delight

Kiss & BristellAlthough my typical demo flights average under 45 minutes, you can still learn a lot about an airplane in less than an hour.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cirrus SR22 GTS: The Perfect Plane?


Why Cirrus Aircraft’s successful single might be the ultimate cross-country machine

Cirrus SR22 GTS: The Perfect Plane?Some aircraft change the game. Looking back, designs like the Cessna 172, the Beechcraft Bonanza, Piper Cub, Mooney M20 and a handful of others have changed the way aviators—and outsiders—perceive general aviation.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 Cirrus SR22 GTS


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Americanization Of Alto


There’s a mod for that—making the perfect plane, Ron-Corbi style

The Americanization Of AltoThe Corbi Air Alto 100 is a bit of a sleeper. While not the sleekest-looking S-LSA out there, its GA-traditional, Piper-ish appeal goes way, way beyond mere looks.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Alto 100


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Diamond's Twin For 2012


The Diamond DA42 comes with your choice of Lycoming GASOLINE or Austro diesel engines

Diamond's Twin For 2012Diamond Aircraft of Austria reasoned there was room for one more multi.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Diamond DA42


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Carbon Dating


Beautiful, refined, muscled like a linebacker: a Cub for the hotrod soul

Carbon DatingSo what draws him, with all his aviation experience, to the cockpit of the CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS?
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Carbon Cub SS


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gipps Airvan: Don’t Call It A Caravan


This innovative Australian single emphasizes the principle that less really can be more

Gipps Airvan: Don’t Call It A CaravanWhen you think of dedicated utility airplanes, what's the first machine that comes to mind: a Cessna Stationair, a Cherokee Six, a Cessna Caravan? George Morgan of GippsAero in Moreland, Australia, has a slightly different answer to that question
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Airvan


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's An LSA World


Fun, useful, life-changing: LSA proving themselves at work and play

It's An LSA WorldNew movements can take awhile to root in the public consciousness.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Co-Own A Plane!


With aircraft ownership costs skyrocketing, finding a partner could keep you flying

Co-Own A Plane!There was one specific moment when I knew I had made the right decision to join an aircraft partnership.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sweet Harmonizin’


Raising the bar on a history of quality, performance, handling and comfort

Sweet Harmonizin’One of the very first LSA I flew was the Evektor SportStar, an all-metal, low-wing monoplane with a cute bubbly profile and a stable, confidence-inspiring, long-distance-comfortable, easy-to-fly flight personality.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Evektor Harmony


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Skyhawk For Everyone


Cessna’s hit airplane keeps getting better with age

A Skyhawk For EveryoneAll really great flying adventures begin at dawn," wrote Stephen Coonts in his cross-country odyssey Cannibal Queen, and those words were all I was thinking about as I drove to the airport with the sun still hiding and the new day before me.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cessna Skyhawk


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dream Machines


A turbine-aircraft buyer’s guide

Dream MachinesWhether you're just one lottery ticket away from your dream machine or you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket, turbine power is the ultimate way to go.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top 20 LSA


Celebrating quality, innovation and endurance

Top 20 LSAThe sky isn't falling on the LSA phenomenon, though daily reports of global financial megadoom continue apace.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Lure Of The Backcountry


Visiting a world only pilots know

The Lure Of The BackcountryHiding far beneath the surface of aviation's well-known conservative demeanor are those who find their flying excitement off the beaten path.
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Littlest Boeing


Boeing’s venerable Stearman is one of the smallest landplanes the company built

The Littlest BoeingShortly after I purchased my first airplane in 1968 (a Globe Swift), I shared an executive hangar with a Ryan PT-22 and a Big Yellow Stearman, the latter owned by a retired Pan Am captain.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Boeing Stearman


Monday, December 5, 2011

Piston Singles Buyer’s Guide 2012


Which aircraft is best for you?

Piston Singles Buyer’s Guide 2012Despite what some folks believed was a down economy for piston aircraft, there are still nearly four dozen models on the market, and all 11 manufacturers seem to be standing strong against the recession.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Piston Twins Buyer's Guide 2012


Five aircraft round out the piston-twin selection

Piston Twins Buyer's Guide 2012Back in the '70s and '80s, there were nearly two dozen twins on the market.