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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, 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.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

DA 42 In The Second Generation


The Diamond Twin Star now has its own Austro AE300 turbo diesel engines

DA 42 In The Second GenerationIn seeming obedience to the time-honored directive on how to make a small fortune in the airline industry (start with a large one), the major people movers of the world are having a progressively more difficult time staying in business.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Best LSA


Bringing the fun back to flying with our picks for exciting light-sport aircraft

Best LSAThe light-sport aircraft industry hangs in there, although sales numbers, as with general aviation, still struggle to gain safe altitude in the stormy economic skies
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

High-Class Cruiser


Metal/composite construction, gorgeous lines, top-o’-the-line luxury—splendid!

High-Class CruiserThis is the story of three jaw-dropping moments that followed my introduction to the gorgeous, new Tecnam P2008.
Friday, June 4, 2010

Legends Of Flight IMAX


Legends Of Flight IMAX
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Evolution Of An Original


The Lycoming-powered Evolution turns in turboprop performance on a piston budget

Evolution Of An OriginalAbout a decade ago, I was hired to fly an Aerostar 700 from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to London, U.K., with Captain Mike Miller, chief pilot for Cathay Pacific Airways.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flight Design MC: Full Metal Concept


A born trainer, this spacious, docile workhorse flies like Wichita tin

Flight Design MC: Full Metal ConceptYou want to fly the MC?,” asks Flight Design’s amiable national sales manager, John Gilmore.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Putting The Adventure Back In Aviation


Top airplanes, gear and schools for a different kind of flying

Putting The Adventure Back In Aviation“Adventure”—now there’s a word that’s open to interpretation. In fact, the phrase “adventure aviation” may seem redundant to most people because aviation itself usually is seen as an adventure.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Piper Matrix: The Second-Year Test


A year after Piper shut down the Saratoga HP, the Matrix helps pick up the slack

Piper Matrix: The Second-Year TestWhen Cessna introduced the P210 back in 1978, I was one of those idiots who predicted they’d have a hard time selling “any single-engine piston airplane with a base price over $100,000.”
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Most Affordable Singles


We examine some of the best buys In general aviation

The Most Affordable SinglesWhile our last buyer’s guide [“Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat Singles,” P&P April 2010] included a smorgasbord of new airplanes, this one deals with used aircraft and draws from an even wider field.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

X-Air LS: Pilot’s Best Friend


Super affordable, low maintenance, doesn’t bite: Give this doggie a bone!

 X-Air LS: Pilot’s Best FriendIn the world of canines, as in the world of S-LSA, there are so many choices. Greyhound: sleek, beautiful, speedy. Australian sheepdog: smart and agile.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

8GCBC Scout: Up In Flames


The Scout Aims for a Firefight

8GCBC Scout: Up In FlamesI was standing beside the runway at Fox River Airport in Rochester, Wis., home airport to American Champion Aircraft (www.amerchampionaircraft.com), to see the company’s stalwart 8GCBC Scout do its Elvis impersonation—as in Elvis the famous firefighting S-64 Aircrane water bomber.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Top 20 Tips For Buying An Airplane


Preparation is the key to getting a great deal in today’s buyer’s market

Top 20 Tips For Buying An AirplaneThere’s no feeling that matches that of buying an airplane.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cougar Baron: Most Happy Baron


Rocket engineering offers the world’s most enthusiastic Baron

Cougar Baron: Most Happy BaronIn the world of corporate turboprops, 300 knots is something of a holy grail.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat Singles


Four-place singles always have been the measuring stick of the industry

Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat SinglesTraditional wisdom has it that most light airplane buyers purchase two seats more than they need.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PiperSport: Piper’s Big Play


Race-car gorgeous. Great performance. Available now!

PiperSport: Piper’s Big PlayThis January, Piper Aircraft CEO and President Kevin J. Gould stood before a crowd of pilots and media, smiled broadly and said, “In what may be the worst-kept secret in aviation, Piper Aircraft is entering what is undeniably one of the most exciting market segments in general aviation.”
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Now And Future LSA


An overview: Five years in, LSA are hanging in there

Now And Future LSARemember those grade-school history-book pictures of Conestoga wagons with “California or bust” painted on their sides?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Arion Lightning LS-1: Smokin’ Lightning


An all-American speedster that flies as fast as the law allows

Arion Lightning LS-1: Smokin’ LightningThe first one I saw was gorgeous, even bare of paint accents. That Arion Lightning prototype looked undeniably smooth and, well, fast as lightning.