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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


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.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mechanical Addiction

Don’t even try to explain it

Mechanical AddictionI'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing, but a couple of months ago, I hit 5,000 hours of Pitts dual-given (most of it in the pattern).
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: To Dream, To Live

For Jan Hercek, future vision and reality are separated only by time

Light-Sport Chronicles: To Dream, To LiveJan Hercek got his flying start the way a lot of us did back then: in an old Rogallo-style hang glider.