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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, December 11, 2012

LSA Buyer’s Guide 2013


More new models, tighter FAA regulation and budget birds!

LSA Buyer’s Guide 2013Perhaps the biggest LSA (light-sport aircraft) story this year invokes the letters FAA (the Federal Aviation Administration).
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Alpha Bet


Is this the best-yet trainer for learning the ABCs of flight?

The Alpha BetYet the Alpha story goes way beyond economics.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pipistrel Alpha Trainer


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Epic LT


Do It Yourself Rocket Ship

The Epic LTSometimes, a name says it all, and the story of the Epic LT is nothing if not, well—epic.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Epic LT


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Way Ready For Prime Time


Amphibian dreams vs. reality: here’s a classy amphib in full production

Way Ready For Prime TimeNature abhors a vacuum. Three years ago, Plane & Pilot publisher Mike McMann saw the SeaMax at the Sebring air show and said, "That's beautiful, let's do a story on it."
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Seamax LSA


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Husky Dawn Patrol


Aviat’s new Husky and the Northern Idaho backcountry make a perfect pair

Husky Dawn PatrolThe early morning sunlight glinting off the crystal waters of Lake Pend Oreille (roughly pronounced "pond-o-ray") and reflecting back off our Husky's bright-yellow wing is too much for even my military-spec sunglasses to handle.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Husky A-1C


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aviation Taxes 2012


A guide to the new IRS regulations

Aviation Taxes 2012This year has produced quite a few tax law changes that will impact general aviation and the business use of aircraft.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Sleeper


Is this the low-cost, cheap-repair, rugged LSA trainer that everybody is overlooking?

The SleeperI'm already at ease with this unique, stylish little S-LSA.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BushCat


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Corvalis TTx


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mustang Teaching Machine?


Flying the airplane is easy. Mastering the systems is the challenge.

Mustang Teaching Machine?For many pilots, speed is the narcotic that attracted them to the discipline in the first place.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sling 2


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sling 2: The Soul Of A Fighter


The new Sling LSA from South Africa has the world on a string

Sling 2: The Soul Of A FighterSliding the bubble canopy forward with a satisfying "thunk," I looked at the panorama around me—I could see our island destination in the distance—and took in the smell of fresh leather.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Little Jet That Can


The Eclipse 500 is back, and this time, they’ve done it right

The Little Jet That CanThe world looks different from 41,000 feet. Climb to nearly eight miles above the sea, and you'll note some dramatic changes compared to the view at lower altitudes.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Eclipse 500


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wings Of Freedom


A brief review, some reminiscence and a broad-stroke celebration of Light-Sport Aircraft

Wings Of FreedomOver the last four-plus years, I've had the good fortune to fly around 30 S-LSA models.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Lively Bird


Highly refined, impeccably built and what a delight to turn loose on the sky

The Lively BirdThe Rans S-7LS Courier, newly reworked for 2012 by its brainy, creative, airplane-loving designer Randy Schlitter, has been around for a number of years.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rans S-7LS Courier


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting A Lot For A Little


Some affordable enhancements can give new life to any aircraft

Getting A Lot For A LittleAs much as we'd all like to purchase a newer, bigger or faster airplane, the reality for most of us in these economic doldrums is that we can't.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Soloy Cessna 206 Mark II


Transplant a 450 SHP Rolls-Royce turbine onto a stock 206 and, voilá, you have a super Cessna

Soloy Cessna 206 Mark IIThere's something that's both a little primeval and 21st century about starting a turbine engine.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Diamond's Family Star


Diamond’s innovative, four-place Star offers performance and efficiency beyond its price

Diamond's Family StarFixed-gear singles have assumed the mantle that once belonged to retractables.