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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, 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.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Choose Your Own Adventure


A look at the best aircraft for backcountry exploration

Choose Your Own AdventureSo, you just hit the lottery for a half-million bucks (after tax). This sounds like a big deal, except that it’s redundant because your spouse hit it last week for 10 million.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cessna 170A: Rebuild Of A Lifetime, Literally


Jacobson passed his checkride in this cessna 170A in 1962, and look at it now

Cessna 170A: Rebuild Of A Lifetime, LiterallyOne of the benefits of writing about airplanes for a living is that I’m often entrusted to fly some truly wonderful machines.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cessna 170A


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Four-Seater Buyer's Guide


20 new aircraft to choose from

Four-Seater Buyer's GuideFour-seat airplanes have always been the most popular configuration in general aviation.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LSA Buyer's Guide


Time for young (and old) pilots’ fancies to turn skyward with 30+ sport planes

LSA Buyer's GuideWhat a great time to be a pilot! The economy gains traction, Big Tin (Cessna and Piper) flexes its muscles as more Skycatchers and PiperSports find homes across America, and new S-LSA—111 models as we go to press—continue to come on line.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Evektor Sportstar Max: An LSA For All Seasons


Mature, stable, fun, comfortable: Evektor’s superb Sportstar max offers the whole package

Evektor Sportstar Max: An LSA For All SeasonsI stand by the Evektor SportStar Max at the 2nd Annual Midwest LSA Expo in Mount Vernon, Ill., talking with a gentleman (let’s call him Gary), who epitomizes the typical “hot prospect” to buy a high-end S-LSA.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sports Sedan Of The Six-Place Singles


Largest of the Bonanzas, the G36 nevertheless retains the type’s excellent performance and control harmony

Sports Sedan Of The Six-Place SinglesIt’s hard not to love a Bonanza, especially if it’s the stretched model 36.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sirius TL-3000: High society—In blue jeans


Elegant, sexy, high-performing...and oh so friendly

Sirius TL-3000: High society—In blue jeansIt’s not every day you fly an airplane where sensuality in form joins a flying function so affable, you wonder if you’re flying the same airplane you climbed into.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fixed-Gear Speed Demon


We fly the latest turbocharged Corvalis two years after Cessna bought the Columbia line of composite singles

Fixed-Gear Speed DemonIf you fly most of your flights on the West Coast or rely on your airplane for on-demand business or personal travel to virtually any destination, turbocharging is more than a convenience.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ElectriFly 2010


Electric flight is no longer an “if” but a “when”

ElectriFly 2010In 2007, a quintessential “garage inventor” named Randall Fishman showed up out of nowhere at Oshkosh AirVenture with an electric-powered ultralight—and quietly turned the aviation world on its ear.