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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, 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.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

FADEC Comes Of Age

Simplifying engine management with Teledyne Continental

FADEC Comes Of AgeFace it. Computers are taking over the world. Like it or not, more and more of those functions we used to perform manually are being accomplished faster and more efficiently with electronic assistance.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bear 360: Living The Warbird Dream!

A sexy new airplane reminiscent of the WWII Bearcat

Bear 360: Living The Warbird Dream!Designed for aspiring warbird pilots who lack the funds for a P-51 Mustang, the Bear 360 has a price tag roughly equivalent to that of a new Cessna 172.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Upgrade Your Plane! Part III

Firewall forward—life after TBO

Upgrade Your Plane! Part IIIWhen purchasing an aircraft, the selection criteria usually relate to mission capabilities such as seating capacity, speed, range, weather capabilities, etc. Consequently, the first engine-related decision that most aircraft owners make comes at TBO (time between overhauls).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Upgrade Your Plane! Part II

A new panel

Upgrade Your Plane! Part IIWhile having a modern, state-of-the-art panel may be a dream, this is no dream article. Given today’s economy, we’re taking a practical look at the best real-world solutions for getting maximum functionality without having to sell a kidney for financing.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Single-Engine Jet From Diamond

The Single-Engine Jet From DiamondI want one. And if you’re thinking about stepping up to your first jet in the next few years, you will, too, once you fly it.