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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines


Parsing the whys and wherefores of a successful airframe parachute deployment...over water!



Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud LinesIn an upcoming issue, you'll find my feature story about the harrowing experience of Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine as they rode a BRS airframe parachute canopy into the water near the island of Andros in the Bahamas.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

East Coast By LSA


Twenty-five hours in a Remos GX



East Coast By LSABeing obsessed with flying ever since I could walk, I had my eyes set on becoming an airline pilot.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Turbines vs. Pistons


A turbine may be more logical than you imagine



Turbines vs. PistonsA friend stopped by my hangar a while back on a rainy Saturday with an interesting question.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!




From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!It's a fact: Pilots love to share their flying stories. Good landings, bad landings and everything in between.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!


Change perception through education



Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!My friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It’s More Than Just An N-Number


Renaming our kids and our airplanes doesn’t always work



It’s More Than Just An N-NumberThe other day at the hangar, we were talking about how many times I've rebuilt my airplane: twice for the engine, twice for the fuselage and once for the rest of the airframe, which included re-cover and painting.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Do As We Say, Not As We Do


Government advice sometimes is good for everyone, including government



Do As We Say, Not As We DoOver the years, you've no doubt heard urgings from various government agencies to always pay careful attention to the weather when you're in flying mode.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Pilot’s View




A Pilot’s ViewWe're 45 minutes out of Daytona Beach bound for Key West on a summer evening. Viewed from our altitude, the sun has just begun its dip below the horizon, leaving us in muted daylight as darkness settles across the land below.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Improving On A Good Thing


The venerable Cessna P210N enjoys a welcome improvement



Improving On A Good ThingJust as airplanes such as the straight-tail Beech Bonanza and Piper Super Cub have become pre-eminent in their respective classes, the Cessna 210 has enjoyed a similar reputation as an aviation icon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From The Editor: Backcountry In Style




From The Editor: Backcountry In StyleIt was the perfect mission of exploring Moab—Utah's popular base for national parks such as Arches and Canyonlands—and the perfect airplane, a Pilatus PC-12 that can land just about anywhere and carry just about anything.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Aviation In The Key Of Gee Whiz


Getting a buzz out of life is easy



Aviation In The Key Of Gee WhizThe other day, we were discussing magazines, writing, flying and other major food groups of life, and I referred to the kind of wordsmithing I've always done as "Gee-Whiz Journalism."
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Dan Johnson


An LSA leader divines the past, present and future of LSA



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Dan JohnsonDan characterizes the Big Picture this way: The market has spoken. LSA are here to stay.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Race For Ratings


It’s important to remember that flying should be fun. New ratings help make it so.



The Race For RatingsOne of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Helpful Suggestions


When someone makes a suggestion, it might be wise to listen



Helpful SuggestionsAviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Perception


It's your perception, not always reality, that causes fear



PerceptionI'm constantly asked about my unique line of work as an air show pilot, "Do you get dizzy?" or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly?" But probably the question I'm most asked is about fear—"Aren't you afraid when you're diving toward the ground?"
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Soccer To Cessna


A four-country flying adventure in Africa



From Soccer To CessnaHow do you top an unforgettable trip to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa? Throw in a Cessna 182 and a dozen exotic locations in four countries, and voilà!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From The Editor: Cross-Country Sophistication




From The Editor: Cross-Country SophisticationWhether you fly the coastal route or choose California's Central Valley, the flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a spectacular one—and it's even more spectacular if you happen to be in a new 2012 Cirrus SR22.
Friday, April 20, 2012

Ultra-Efficient Panthera Makes its Grand Entrance




Ultra-Efficient Panthera Makes its Grand EntranceSlovenian eco-friendly manufacturer, Pipistrel, revealed their super-sleek "Panthera" at Aero Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany this week.
Friday, April 20, 2012

Full Speed Ahead For The Cirrus Vision Jet




Full Speed Ahead For The Cirrus Vision JetIt's official: Cirrus Aircraft is moving ahead with the development of its SF50 Vision Jet
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Birds Of A Feather


Flying with your bird



Birds Of A FeatherWe're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.