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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Crosswind Component


The principle is the same whether you’re flying a 737 or an LSA



The Crosswind ComponentEnsuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Where General Aviation Shines


The rewards of sharing flight with loved ones



Where General Aviation ShinesShortly after getting my pilot’s license in 1992, I took all of my family members up, one at a time, for an aerial tour of Jacksonville, Fla.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NBAA 2010




NBAA 2010The 2010 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention held this year in Atlanta, Ga., was an event to smile about if you’re in the aviation business.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pilot In Command


Decision-making is key, not just for Red Bull Air Race competitors, but all general aviation pilots



Pilot In CommandBeing a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

For The Birds


Birds have more to teach us than we could ever learn



For The BirdsI’ve been an accidental student of ornithology for as long as I’ve been alive—and that’s a long time.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

From The Editor: Homecoming




From The Editor: HomecomingRon Mohrhoff speaks about his Bonanza the way most people might speak about their children. “Wow!” he proudly beams on each flight. “This airplane is the best!”
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Aviation Without A Soundtrack?


One man’s noise is often another man’s music



Aviation Without A Soundtrack?The other day, I got yet another nastygram. This one from an individual who had read somewhere that my airplane has no mufflers.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller


Languishing on the sidelines, an exciting S-LSA makes a comeback



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time TravellerWriting for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hazards Of Extreme Flying


You have to know when you’re too close to crossing the line



Hazards Of Extreme FlyingEnsuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Open-Cockpit Chills


Bitter temperatures and a race against time



Open-Cockpit ChillsIt was discovered last September that my open-cockpit biplane, a Starduster Too, needed an engine overhaul.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Heavy Glider


An intimate look at the Shuttle Orbiter



The Heavy GliderI’m one fortunate aviator. My professional career has coincided with the 30-year flight history of the Space Shuttle program.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Artificial Speed


Believe it or not, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to fly faster



Artificial SpeedIt’s probably the most common question I hear at air shows and conventions such as Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, AOPA, NBAA and Reno.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

From The Editor: No Go-Around




From The Editor: No Go-AroundWhen the space shuttle reenters the earth’s atmosphere, it becomes nothing more than a huge glider—with a pretty awful glide ratio—and the shuttle commander gets just one chance to land.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Taking Command Of Your First Plane


The Bellanca that could not be resisted



Taking Command Of Your First PlaneIt started at Disneyland, holding my daughter Elena’s hand, when my cell phone rang.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our First Airplane


There’s only one “first...” or is there?



Our First AirplaneI was recently posed with a seemingly simple question: What was your first airplane?
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Little Airports


Green fields, blue skies, white clouds—LSA heaven, here I come!



Light-Sport Chronicles: Little AirportsBehold the home of the $100 hamburger, the remnants of a life gone by, when linen-covered, nitrate-doped biplanes landed in potato fields and took small-town kids for rides on balmy summer days.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Buyer Beware


Whether it’s a new or used airplane, don’t rush when doing your prebuy inspection



Buyer BewareYou might think that FAA airworthiness, inspection and record-keeping requirements virtually guarantee that any airplane you buy is going to be in superb condition.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Power Of Electric Flight


Bridging the continents, bridging the generations



The Power Of Electric FlightWhat’s the next big leap in aviation? I think about this stuff all the time.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Memories Of The Swift


My first airplane was a Swift—and I survived



Memories Of The SwiftOkay, right up front, in an attempt to stop short any angry letters from Swift owners, I loved my little Swift.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From The Editor: Make Your Own Runway




From The Editor: Make Your Own RunwayI’ve always admired—and envied—bush pilots.