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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Spine Of Steel

Some of us never know what we’re made of until everything’s taken away

Light-Sport Chronicles: Spine Of SteelOne more thing: She just earned her sport-pilot wings. And she did it all from a wheelchair.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monoplane Revolution

A game changer in the world of aerobatic competition

Monoplane RevolutionIn 1984, I trained with air show pilot Duane Cole at Luck Field in Burleson, Texas, for the Intermediate category of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Flying The Middle East

The rules seem to be changeable in the Middle East

Flying The Middle EastI had delivered the Beech Duke to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, five months before on the premise that the airplane might be able to improve rainfall.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

From The Editor: Luxury Camping

From The Editor: Luxury CampingWhen you think of camping with an airplane in the backcountry, a Cirrus—known for its luxury cross-country capabilities—probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

And Speaking Of Power

When a Hornet taxis by your home airport

And Speaking Of PowerLast week, one of those moments had me trying to fish my phone out from under my five-point harness—and failing.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Mike Z And The Harbingers Of Doom!

For those eager pessimists proclaiming LSA on life support, a rebuttal

Light-Sport Chronicles: Mike Z And The Harbingers Of Doom!A leading aviation magazine recently ran a story that proclaimed the LSA industry as a "segment in critical condition."
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Counting On The Instructor

How long should an instructor wait before correcting a student’s mistake?

Counting On The InstructorA student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Forgiving FAA

Don’t always assume you’ll be busted

The Forgiving FAAI called up Flight Watch crossing the Colorado River at Lake Havasu and learned that most of the Los Angeles Basin was rapidly deteriorating toward IFR minimums.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Summer Of Opportunity

Making the move into competition aerobatics

A Summer Of OpportunityAfter going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

From The Editor: Plane On A Mission

From The Editor: Plane On A MissionWhen we ask pilots what their dream airplane is, we rarely receive a one-airplane reply.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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

Wrapping up our look at how we do our LSA thing

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part IIIIn our first two summaries of LSA pilot opinion, we covered the LSA Who/What/When/Where basics.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I Wanna Build...

Sometimes, the dream is more valuable than the reality

I Wanna Build...All of us have curious habits that we'd just as soon have no one know about.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Minimal Experience

What’s appropriate in terms of experience may not be found in the FARs

Minimal ExperienceBrowse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Life Of An Air Show Pilot

When you love what you do, is it work?

The Life Of An Air Show PilotIf you love what you do, you're not really working, but being an air show pilot is a mixture of hard work and hardly working.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

There’s Something About Mountains

Far from menacing monsters, mountains can be your best friends

There’s Something About MountainsThe Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From The Editor: Panhandle Backcountry

From The Editor: Panhandle BackcountryNorthern Idaho is an adventure pilot's dreamland, with dozens of backcountry strips, stunning mountain flying and sizeable lakes perfect for seaplanes.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Patrolling the national parks

KenyaI love early mornings in Tsavo.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Warbirds And Me

On being the right age, in the right place, at the right time

Warbirds And MeDoes any one actually not like warbirds?
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When Close Friends Get Too Close

Don’t assume that just because you’re friends, you can anticipate what the other pilot will do

When Close Friends Get Too CloseOne of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority.
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.