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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part II


More feedback from our poll of the LSA flying community



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part IILast month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flying Alone


For some, flying alone is the only way, and for others...



Flying AloneLike most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From The Editor: Sky Therapy




From The Editor: Sky TherapyFor some, lying on the sofa in a counselor's office is therapy.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Career Change


What do you do when you find your ladder is against the wrong wall?



A Career ChangeHere's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!


Just how are we pilots doing our sport flying these days?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Reno Accident


Meticulous probing of wreckage led investigators to some tiny screws



The Reno AccidentThe chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Clouds


Pilots have a special relationship with the weather



CloudsRecently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Fine Art Of Crashing


The how and why of crashing a 727 for science



The Fine Art Of CrashingLike any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

From The Editor: Navigating New York




From The Editor: Navigating New YorkIt's some of the busiest airspace in the country. New York Harbor sits right between Class B airports LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, but for VFR pilots it's accessible via the Hudson River Corridor.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?


Life isn’t a destination. It’s a series of checkpoints.



Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do).
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Adequate Airspeed


Fundamental failures by pilots still figure in some accidents



Adequate AirspeedWe've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha


Insider glimpses of Pipistrel’s sky-breaking new trainer



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of AlphaLSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chasing Fires


Flying For CAL FIRE Aviation



Chasing FiresRush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)


It’s getting tougher to fly cheap, but there are still a few tricks you can use to reduce the cost



Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)I have a friend who owns a 36 Bonanza, and though his airplane has always been a dozen or so knots faster than my LoPresti Mooney, he's consistently envied my airplane's lower fuel burn.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left




From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn LeftThe crowds at Stead Airport this year proved that the tradition of the Reno Air Races lives on strong, moving forward after last year's accident.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trusting Souls


The heaviest load in aviation is flying someone else’s airplane



Trusting SoulsWe're about to do some hangar flying under the guise of talking about some of the most trusting people I've ever met in my life.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The Future


Not all pioneers go gently unto that good night



Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The FutureYou could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Amateur-Built Safety


The NTSB wants more done to improve amateur-built aircraft safety



Amateur-Built SafetyAccording to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Being Resourceful


Pilots have the ability to find a way, no matter how great the challenge



Being ResourcefulIf one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Flying Above Mars


You think we have it tough flying here on Earth? Consider the problems of aviating above Mars.



Flying Above MarsLike most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.