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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, November 8, 2011

Pipistrel Virus: Triple Your Pleasure

Soar, tour, train: With this baby, you do it all!

Pipistrel Virus: Triple Your PleasureMaybe she dressed kinda funny. Maybe he kept to himself. She was a little eccentric, joined after-school clubs and was an A student.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10 Sexiest Airplanes

More than mere machines

10 Sexiest AirplanesWe thought we were doing something really clever when we came up with the "10 Sexiest Airplanes" idea. It wasn't until we delved into making up the list that we came face-to-face with the need to define the term "sexy."
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2012 Piper Meridian

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Piper Meridian: Everyman’s Turbine

Piper’s Meridian is the least expensive, production, single-engine turboprop in the world, still the leader of the Piper tribe

Piper Meridian: Everyman’s TurbineThe benchmarks of speed in general aviation have traditionally been easy to define.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hope Springs Eternal

A look at new single-pilot turbines

Hope Springs EternalAmong pilots, hope isn't the only thing that springs eternal; it's the next plane.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Choice Aftermarket Stops for Turboprops

Put new life in your legacy turboprop or bring a high-performance piston into the jet age! Aftermarket specialists can upgrade your engines, retrofit your interior, install a glass panel and more.

Choice Aftermarket Stops for TurbopropsAmerican Aviation Inc. American Aviation at Coeur d'Alene Airport in Idaho offers modifications for Beechcraft King Airs, Piper Cheyennes and Cessna Conquests.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Heavenly Dawn Patrol

How to make a great LSA even better? Fine-tune that cockpit!

Heavenly Dawn PatrolThe expansive gray concrete of Oshkosh’s runway 27 drops away.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Game Changer

Why air-show star Rob Holland is expecting big things from the new MX Aircraft MXS-RH

The Game ChangerIn the relatively short span of aviation history, invention—usually driven by the necessity of war and/or competition—has accelerated the growth of aircraft performance at an amazing pace.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Legend AmpibCub

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.