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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 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


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Saddling Up A Colt


A novice rebuilds a Piper classic

Saddling  Up A ColtIt's not the biggest, strongest or fastest stallion in the paddock. But the spirited two-place Piper Colt PA-22-108 serves as a perfect mount for pilots seeking a trusty, uncomplicated steed over a high-strung, pricey thoroughbred.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Robinson In The New Era


A new president and a new bird

Robinson In The New EraIn American Indian lore, the coyote is a mythic totem, known variously as the prairie wolf, God’s dog and the trickster.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Robinson R44, R66 & Bell 206


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Allegro LSA


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part II: All About Engine Monitors

Caring For Your AircraftOdds are, the only engine instruments available in your first primary trainer were a tachometer, fuel level, oil temperature and possibly a cylinder head gauge (CHT).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dreams Of Ownership Fullfilled!


An exhilarating morning flight with a first-time owner in a factory-new airplane

Dreams Of Ownership Fullfilled!Even nature reserves orange for only the most special of offerings: sunsets, habanero peppers, clown fish and Cheetos. An orange airplane, then, is really something.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

American Champion Super Decathlon


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3XTrim Navigator LS600


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rans Coyote II S-6LS: The Proud And The Playful


Highly refined, quick and lively, light and strong: What’s not to like?

Rans Coyote II S-6LS: The Proud And The PlayfulIn American Indian lore, the coyote is a mythic totem, known variously as the prairie wolf, God’s dog and the trickster.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rans Coyote II S-6LS


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Backcountry Monster: The Legend Of Bigfoot


Expedition Aircraft introduces a tailwheel version of its bush-country workhorse

Backcountry Monster: The Legend Of BigfootLake Huron rolls, Superior sings,” wrote Gordon Lightfoot in his wrenching ballad about the sinking of the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, “in the rooms of her ice-water mansions.”
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Found Expedition Bigfoot


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sebring 2011: Rays Of Hope Ahead?


The planes and people came...and light-sport keeps on truckin’

Sebring 2011: Rays Of Hope Ahead?The year’s first major aviation show, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, went off swimmingly, if a mite frigidly in January, with good attendance, thanks to show organizer Bob Woods and his friendly volunteers.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part I: Advice from the top engine shops

Caring For Your AircraftWe all know about TBO (Time Between Overhauls or Time Before Overhaul), and we put money aside—mentally, if not in fact—for engine work with every flying hour, because major work is inevitable.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bush iCub


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Buy To Fly


Rent versus own: What’s best for you?

Buy To FlyHello, can I schedule a lesson for Friday afternoon? No? You don’t have an airplane available?
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

World's Best Trainer


Diamond Aircraft’s entry-level trainer hopes to lure new pilots to the company’s innovative line of aircraft

World's Best TrainerThe lady in my life, Pilot Peggy, is in the process of learning to fly.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Diamond DA20-C1


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Choosing A Six-Seater


All-inclusive guide to fixed, retractable, single and twin six-seaters

Choosing A Six-SeaterIf it’s really true that buyers of four-seat airplanes often buy two seats more than they need, the same may not be true of purchasers in the six-place class.