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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Inspiration To Africa


Building general aviation in Ghana with Medicine on the Move



Inspiration To AfricaDuring World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Always A Student


Reflections of a first solo flight, thousands of hours later



Always A StudentWould today be the day? I had been taking lessons for several weeks, and I knew that one day soon, my instructor Andy would get out of the airplane, and let me fly solo. I had even worn a special T-shirt for the last three lessons, with the hope that each time, I would get to solo.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The Air


We take air bags and shoulder harnesses for granted on the ground



Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The AirProminent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Do It Because...


Explaining why we fly isn't simple



I Do It Because..."I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things."
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0


When the mountain won't come to you, fly to the mountain



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0"If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad,” goes the ancient saying, “then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From Spitfires To Mosquitoes


Flying for the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II



From Spitfires To MosquitoesDuring World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

There’s No Such Thing As Tailwinds


Why is it that we always only remember headwinds?



There’s No Such Thing As TailwindsI know what some of you may be thinking. Bill Cox has finally gone off his rocker.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From The Editor: Super Owner




From The Editor: Super OwnerMichelle Kole wasn’t sure what kind of airplane she wanted to own.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Canada By Cub


A teenager’s 3,000 nm solo journey from the Yukon to Quebec



Canada By CubI’m the kind of guy who’s not scared to try new things. When I would fly my RC plane, I always thought how nice it would be to sit behind the controls and have freedom.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Close Calls On The Runways


Having a clearance doesn’t always guarantee that you’re clear



Close Calls On The RunwaysProminent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The Navigator


Small and feisty companies like 3Xtrim challenge conventional market wisdom



Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The NavigatorIt’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cub Butt


Aviation’s posterior-measuring system



Cub ButtThe contradictions between the Cirrus and my normal ride couldn’t have been more extreme if I had been in the space shuttle.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cirrus Merges With CAIGA


The pioneering aircraft maker to be acquired by a Chinese company



Cirrus Merges With CAIGAIn a milestone development, Cirrus Industries Inc. officials announced on Feb 28th that Cirrus Aircraft will be sold to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA).
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Balancing Skill, Entertainment And Safety


When it comes to air show safety, the U.S. has it nailed



Balancing Skill, Entertainment And SafetyI’m an air show pilot who’s known for making my performances look dangerous.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

From Mountains To Deserts




From Mountains To DesertsWith massive tundra tires, a welded tubular steel fuselage frame and seating for five, the tailwheel version of Expedition Aircraft’s bushplane lives up to its formidable name: Bigfoot.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flight Recorder For The Little Guy


A partial solution to the flight-recorder problem that doesn’t cost a fortune



Flight Recorder For The Little GuyI like to think pilots read accident reports out of a sense of self-preservation rather than ghoulish curiosity.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Glass Versus Grass(roots)


Mixing the extremes in aviation can be both fun and eye catching



Glass Versus Grass(roots)The contradictions between the Cirrus and my normal ride couldn’t have been more extreme if I had been in the space shuttle.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To Solo


Rounding the circle of life with the immortal Piper Club



Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To SoloIt’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Midair Over The Hudson


One digit in a radio frequency might have made all the difference



Midair Over The HudsonAs a result of its investigation of the August 8, 2009, midair collision over the Hudson River, the NTSB says it’s time for the FAA to improve the information it offers to pilots about avoiding collisions.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

There And Back


Around Australia, solo in a Jabiru



There And BackI had long aspired to circumnavigate Australia, but time and opportunity had proved evasive until recently.