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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


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.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Engine Reliability

General-aviation piston engines are simpler and more reliable than other power plants...most of the time

Engine ReliabilityMany of us have had this happen at one time or another.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From The Editor: One Small Step

From The Editor: One Small StepThe Lindbergh Foundation was created in 1977 to carry on the spirit of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh by providing grants to projects that foster new and environmentally friendly technology.