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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 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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Diamond DA40 XLS


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

FK12 Comet LSA


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Look-Homeward Angel


Twisting through the sky in the first SLSA two-seat aerobat!

The Look-Homeward AngelThe Comet carries the DNA of all those ships, yet the biplane sportster/aerobat represents a breakthrough of sorts as the first fully aerobatic two-seat SLSA and the first biplane.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Financing The Flying Dream


The best sources to fund your flight training

Financing The Flying DreamIt's no secret that learning to fly is expensive. Recent studies by AOPA and other general aviation groups have confirmed that the cost of flight training is one of the major barriers to entry into aviation for the average person.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pilatus PC-12


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big-Time Adventure


Tackling the wilds of Utah in a do-it-all turboprop

Big-Time AdventureIt only takes one low-level flight through southern Utah to see why many consider it to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BRM Bristell Fastback


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kiss & Bristell


Friendly, refined, beefy for rough-field training, yet a cruiser’s delight

Kiss & BristellAlthough my typical demo flights average under 45 minutes, you can still learn a lot about an airplane in less than an hour.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cirrus SR22 GTS: The Perfect Plane?


Why Cirrus Aircraft’s successful single might be the ultimate cross-country machine

Cirrus SR22 GTS: The Perfect Plane?Some aircraft change the game. Looking back, designs like the Cessna 172, the Beechcraft Bonanza, Piper Cub, Mooney M20 and a handful of others have changed the way aviators—and outsiders—perceive general aviation.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 Cirrus SR22 GTS