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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.
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!”