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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, September 23, 2014

Dreams Do Come True

Eclipse has come a long way with its new 550 jet

Dreams Do Come TrueThere's a new Eclipse jet in the sky, and it may just be the one everyone wanted in the first place.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eclipse 550

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Increase Your Power

A roundup of modification and conversion options for your engine

Increase Your PowerThere are many things in aviation that we'd all like more of: more runway in front of us, more altitude below us, more speed, more fuel in the tanks, more legroom for passengers, more useful load and more engine power all come to mind.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Searching For New Lift In The U.S.

An uncompromising motorglider is set to soar

Searching For New  Lift In The U.S.If you've ever fooled around with a gravity knife, you can imagine the eureka moment Dr. Reiner Stemme likely experienced while trying to develop a motorglider providing both uncompromising soaring and outstanding powered performance.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stemme S10-VT

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Engine Break-In: It's Easier Than You Think

A proper engine break-in can go far in encouraging long engine life, low oil burn and reliable service

Engine Break-In: It's Easier Than You Think Perhaps more than some aviators, I'm often reminded how essential good mechanical work is on an airplane.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Than Simply The Fastest

Mooney reenters the general aviation high-performance retractable market with the Acclaim S

More Than Simply The FastestEven if you've never flown one, Mooneys have a universal appeal as tough, quick-handling, economical, fast machines, often analogized as sport planes.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mooney Acclaim S

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Making A Turn To Turbine

Piper’s flagship, the Meridian, simplifies the turboprop transition

Making A Turn To TurbineNo one makes it easier for a pilot to step up to a turboprop than Piper Aircraft.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Piper PA-46 Meridian

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)

A few little known thoughts. Ever heard of the Cessna 620? Why T-tails? A Seneca Tri-Motor?

20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)Beech Barons have always been among the best-handling twins in the sky, but they did have a curious anomaly.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cruising In Zenith’s Cruzer

Zenith produces a high-performance version of its popular STOL LSA

Cruising In Zenith’s CruzerWhen the FAA approved the LSA concept at Sun 'n Fun in April 2005, many pilots saw it as an opportunity to get back into the sky at a price that wouldn't bust the family budget.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zenith CH 750 Cruzer

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Return Of The Great Lakes

Peter Bowers likes to revive and update 1930s vintage biplanes—first the Waco, now the Great Lakes

Return Of The Great LakesTime flies, and so do I when I'm having fun. Call me a purist, but flying an open-cockpit biplane has always seemed the simplest and most elemental form of aviating.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Finding A Czech Mate For Flying Adventures

The European SportCruiser LSA comes into its own

Finding A Czech Mate For Flying AdventuresIt was a Cinderella story gone bad in 2011 when Piper Aircraft, just one year after plucking the sleek Czech-built CSA SportCruiser from obscurity and rechristening it the PiperSport.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SportCruiser LSA

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Airplane For The Jeep Trail

Here’s a Maule that can handle asphalt, dirt, tundra, snow or even water runways with equal dexterity

An Airplane For The Jeep TrailThere's a fairly famous photo of a Maule taildragger lifting off and pointing uphill at about a 40-degree pitch attitude.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Maule M6

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Making A Splash In The LSA World

Tecnam’s new amphib marks a sea change in float design

Making A Splash In The LSA WorldIf you need convincing that LSA represent a valuable adjunct to traditional GA models, look no further than the amphibian world.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tecnam P92 SeaSky

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Speedier And Sportier

TBM’s iconic turboprop undergoes a major makeover

Speedier And SportierThe airport at Palatka (28J), a sleepy farming community in Northeast Florida, lies a scant 26 nm from historic St. Augustine's KSGJ.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TBM 900

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Handsome, All-Terrain Bush Plane

Pick your “feet” for snow, water or land: You get them all with this rugged LSA

The Handsome, All-Terrain Bush PlaneLarry Labor followed a life path many pilots can identify with: After learning to fly in his youth, college, career (pharmacist) and family all conspired to keep him from the joys of the sky for decades.