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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, 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.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A New Lease On Flying


Retrofit avionics can add a lot of capability for not a lot of money

A New Lease On FlyingHe hasn’t been out of GA for very long, but as far as the developments he’s missed, nothing comes close to the strides made in avionics over the last few years.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Step Up To The Super


Yes, it is a NEW airplane

Step Up To The SuperTo stare out at the world from either seat in a Waco is to wonder where we’ve been and where we’re going.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

King Kong "Little" Cub


CubCrafters’ top LSA offers a big surprise when the throttle goes forward

King Kong I used to have a buddy in the drag-racing business who claimed that given enough horsepower, you could push a Peterbilt through the Mach in a quarter mile.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Buying Your First Airplane


Navigating the purchase maze

Buying Your First AirplaneBuying your first airplane is exciting and confusing, all at once.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beyond Today’s Transponder


Demystifying ADS-B

Beyond Today’s TransponderAutonomous Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) has to be one of the most misunderstood technologies of the 21st century.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Capetown Racing


Light-sport floatplane that's a joy to fly

Capetown RacingGiven this 50:1 advantage, floatplanes or seaplanes make a lot of sense; there are many places you can land, plus you can reach interesting locations you never considered in a land plane.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cirrus SR22T: Turbo Without the STC


Cirrus Design now offers a turbocharged model with a factory Continental

Cirrus SR22T: Turbo Without the STCHas it really been a full decade since Alan and Dale Klapmeier introduced the first version of the airplane that would eventually conquer the general aviation world?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Airpark Living: Waking Up To Your Dream


Taxiing up to the front door of your home is the stuff of dreams for most aviators

Airpark Living: Waking Up To Your DreamIf you’re serious about flying, at some point your dreams have wandered to airparks.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2010 Remos GX Avıator II


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2010 Remos GX Avıator II The Joy Of Flight


Nimble, solid, lovely, well-built and what a hoot to fly

2010 Remos GX Avıator II The Joy Of FlightA high, dense line of clouds has moved over Great Barrington Airport (GBR) in western Massachusetts.