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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 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.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Diamond DA40 XLS

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Easy Ownership: The Great LSA

Paradigm shifts happen...and we’re right in the middle of one!

Easy Ownership: The Great LSAHerewith, the Essential Question: What's great about owning and flying an LSA?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A Dime

A dozen ideas to upgrade your airplane without breaking the bank

It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A DimeWith recent news of declining new-aircraft sales, it's pretty clear that we may be in it for the long haul when it comes to a full economic recovery.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New Era Dawns: Electric Flight

An update on airplanes in production, competition prizes and R&D

A New Era Dawns: Electric FlightFantasy time: A shadow flashes across you as you walk toward the airport cafe.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Today’s GA Market

A dynamic market has created an ideal opportunity for buyers and sellers

Today’s GA MarketIt's no secret that it is absolutely a buyer's market right now," says Steve Feldman, aircraft broker for AirplanesUSA, one of the largest aircraft dealers in the nation.
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.