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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.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Did It!


First solo in the Cessna Skycatcher LSA



I Did It!On a cool, crisp and calm October morning, I finally took my first solo flight. It was amazing! My journey to this point started almost three years before, in early 2007.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SpaceShipTwo Takes Off


In as little as two years, private space flight may be a reality—and NASA won’t be



SpaceShipTwo Takes OffI don’t know about you, but for me, flying in space has always been the ultimate goal.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

From The Editor: (Un)restricted




From The Editor: (Un)restrictedIt was still dark, and Van Nuys tower had just opened when we took off on runway 16R for a right downwind departure toward the Mojave Desert.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Screen Savers


Small airports have personalities that big ones can’t hope to match



Screen SaversScreen savers are a terrific invention—15-20 images of people, places and things that are dear to me rotate through mine like an automated scrapbook.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSA


Among 110 models, what led these pilots to buy these birds?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSAWith a tough year behind us and the bright hope of a better economic year ahead, I remembered our recent “Buy Your First Plane” issue and thought about first-time LSA owners.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stop Squeezing Them In


The NTSB wants the FAA to change the regs governing required seats and seat belts



Stop Squeezing Them InRemember the circus act in which a dozen clowns get out of the smallest car you’ve ever seen drive into the center ring?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Puerto Rico To Provo


More than three decades later, a dream comes true



Puerto Rico To ProvoAt age 34, I added a flying trip to my dream list. It was a fly-in of 20 planes to Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo”) in the Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of nearly 49 islands and desert cays just 35 miles southeast of the Bahamas.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Still Relentless


You don’t see this every day! But if you do, will you be ready?



Still RelentlessI can tell you that for one lap prior, the plane never ran so well.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Evolution Of Navigation


Flying from A to Z is no longer as simple as it used to be. It’s simpler.



The Evolution Of NavigationFor better or worse, I learned to fly in the days when there were still A-N ranges up and running, not many, but a few.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin Class




From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin ClassThere exist very few things that I would wake up at 4 a.m. for. An airplane in the lens of my camera happens to be one of them.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Remarkable People


Even Mother Nature can’t dampen the spirit of Oshkosh



Remarkable PeopleEven though it’s been a few months since coming home and unpacking, getting the Oshkosh adventure totally out of your head isn’t easy.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect


What you think you heard can mess with your head



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon EffectThis time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.