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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, September 6, 2011

The Best Of All Possible Worlds


Four if by land, two if by sea: making a great plane greater

The Best Of All Possible WorldsImagine this: You make a two-point landing...or a four-point!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part V: Understanding your aircraft’s battery is simple, useful and important

Caring For Your AircraftThe aircraft battery is a seldom-noticed and somewhat-ignored component of the machine’s life-giving systems.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Extra For The High Road


A pressurized, turbine, high-speed cruiser from Extra Aircraft

An Extra For The High RoadSingle-engine turboprops are a relatively recent development in general aviation.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Something Xtra Special


Upgrading Legacy Bonanzas the factory way

Something Xtra SpecialFor years, GA manufacturers have left the upgrade aftermarket to STC (supplemental type certificate) holders and mod shops—the entities that developed or acquired an approved process of altering a certificated aircraft, and aircraft repair stations that specialize in installing STC upgrades, respectively.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

FK9 ELA Executive


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

High-Wing Sleeper


Meet a top-quality, good-cruisin’, fun-flyin’ German composite

High-Wing SleeperAs my aerial host Mike Hansen climbs us through 2,500 feet to top the afternoon bumps, I'm already feeling settled in with my guest chariot, the FK9 ELA Executive.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part IV: From selecting the correct grade to changing it at correct intervals, knowing your oil is important

Caring For Your AircraftOil is to an aviation piston engine what blood is to the human body: a crucial element in keeping it alive.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics Roundup


High-tech, affordable glass panels continue to impress with amazing innovation

Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics RoundupThe economy hasn't dampened the resolve or enthusiasm of the avionics industry, which continues its feverish develop-ment of ever-more-spectacular instrumentation to help us fly with greater awareness, safety and simplicity.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Skylane For The Flight Levels


A turbo benefits far more than high-altitude cruise

Skylane For The Flight LevelsBack in 1979, I purchased one of the very first Mooney 231s, my first-ever new airplane.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Cessna 182


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Grandpa’s Kitfox…Not!


A lively, refined STOL winner 26 years in the making

Grandpa’s Kitfox…Not!Just a few minutes into my flight with Kitfox's head honcho John McBean, it's obvious the current Kitfox Super Sport (SS) resembles the original kit plane of the 1980s, mostly in name only.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kitfox Super Sport


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Making The Most Of Your Aircraft Asset


Aircraft leasebacks can lower the cost of ownership

Making The Most Of Your Aircraft AssetThere's a verse that goes: "To be successful, all you have to do is work half a day, and most of the time, you get to pick which 12 hours per day you want to work."
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Diamond DA40 XLS: Premier Edition


Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has created its own ultra version of the Diamond DA40 XLS

Diamond DA40 XLS: Premier EditionThose of us in the aviation press privileged to review new aircraft are sometimes taken to task for not being appropriately critical.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Diamond DA40 XLS


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Easy Ownership: The Great LSA


Paradigm shifts happen...and we’re right in the middle of one!

Easy Ownership: The Great LSAHerewith, the Essential Question: What's great about owning and flying an LSA?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A Dime


A dozen ideas to upgrade your airplane without breaking the bank

It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A DimeWith recent news of declining new-aircraft sales, it's pretty clear that we may be in it for the long haul when it comes to a full economic recovery.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New Era Dawns: Electric Flight


An update on airplanes in production, competition prizes and R&D

A New Era Dawns: Electric FlightFantasy time: A shadow flashes across you as you walk toward the airport cafe.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Today’s GA Market


A dynamic market has created an ideal opportunity for buyers and sellers

Today’s GA MarketIt's no secret that it is absolutely a buyer's market right now," says Steve Feldman, aircraft broker for AirplanesUSA, one of the largest aircraft dealers in the nation.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Piper Archer: 50 Years & Counting


The Piper Archer soldiers on into a new generation

Piper Archer: 50 Years & CountingLearning to fly is, in many respects, simpler than it's ever been.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Searey LSX: SkyBoat Extraordinaire


Wings, webbed feet and wheels add up to the ultimate hybrid bird

Searey LSX: SkyBoat ExtraordinaireThe first clue that I'm in for a not-so-ordinary demo ride is when pilot Kerry Richter takes me through a departure stall (power on) over a small Florida lake.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part III: All About Your Aircraft’s Ignition System

Caring For Your AircraftAircraft ignition systems are one of those things that few pilots give much thought to. We turn the key, the prop turns, the engine catches, and we're off for another day of flying.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For Less


Flying doesn’t have to leave your wallet empty

Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For LessFlying is expensive. In fact, recent initiatives by the FAA and AOPA list the cost of flying as one of the reasons people either opt not to learn to fly, or stop taking lessons once they start.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Phoenix Motorglider