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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.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From The Editor: Hangar Home




From The Editor: Hangar HomeIt was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide Open


When Lou Mancuso talks about LSA...people listen



Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide OpenSomething I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Of Porta-Potties And Fields of Yellow


Oshkosh—the event never fails to amuse, confound and surprise



Of Porta-Potties And Fields of YellowNo, let me amend that: It was my 41st to Oshkosh, plus three to Rockford, the last home of the EAA's yearly orgy of all things aerial and wondrous.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous


The NTSB says don’t rely on NEXRAD without having this information



When Using NEXRAD Can Be DangerousToday, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hudson River Adventure


Expanding your comfort zone



Hudson River AdventureWe all know pilots who limit their flights to a hop to a nearby airport for lunch or an occasional pancake breakfast.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pre-Aerobatics


Understanding trim, rudder and angle of attack



Pre-AerobaticsThis summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

From The Editor: Cubbin' Around




From The Editor: Cubbin' AroundThis year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lindbergh Inspiration


Balancing nature and technology



Lindbergh InspirationIn 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Gettin’ In Dance


You can’t fly ‘em, if you can’t get in ‘em



The Gettin’ In DanceHowever, it often appears as if the most "interesting" vehicles require the most difficult dance moves to get into them.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines II


More post-event insights into an airframe parachute deployment over the ocean



Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines IIAlthough the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lightning Enlightenment


The NTSB wants the FAA to provide real-time lightning data



Lightning EnlightenmentOn April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks


Learning to fly is about discipline, desire and skills—not age



Teaching An Old Dog New TricksWhen I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Training Is Everything


Mental preparation will help you manage an emergency procedure



Training Is EverythingAt exactly 5:45 a.m. on March 5, 2010, I took off in my 1972 Grumman Traveler from Canada's St-Hyacinthe Airport (CSU3), on the south shore off Montreal.