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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-B

From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-BSport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One Man’s Junk Is…

We all have junkyard dreams—or do we?

One Man’s Junk Is…My own airplane-in-a-barn story didn't involve a barn.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Inhofe Accident

The NTSB wished for more facts about what Senator Inhofe’s son faced

The Inhofe AccidentThere has been no stronger advocate on Capitol Hill for general aviation and the pilot community than Senator James Inhofe, Republican, of Oklahoma.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Air Show Season Wrap-Up

Looking back on 30 years

Air Show Season Wrap-UpExcuse me while I toast myself, but it has been 30 years since I flew my first air show.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Here Comes The Electric Airplane

It has been a long time in gestation, but it may be just over the horizon

Here Comes The Electric AirplaneThe whole concept of flying with nothing more than electric power seems somehow anathema to aviation.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From The Editor: Desert Flying

From The Editor: Desert FlyingThe vast Mojave Desert has a dramatic aviation history as a test bed for experimental military and civilian aircraft.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drug Use Trends

The NTSB publishes a study focusing on the possible impairing effects of drugs

Drug Use TrendsThe NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Too Late Gives No Warning

If you have dreams, put them into action today

Too Late Gives No WarningThey live their retirement dreams before retiring.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Honoring women in aviation

TruckeeI was faced with the decision to cancel an air show I had booked the winter before—the Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Dangers Of CFIT

It’s one of the most common probable causes of IFR accidents

The Dangers Of CFIT If you fly IFR long enough, you'll probably have the unpleasant experience of knowing someone who'll die in an IFR accident.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of Pilot

From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of PilotOur comprehensive 2015 Buyer's Guide features aircraft for all kinds of pilots, from light-sport planes and single pistons to turboprops and jets.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Your Engine Talks To You

A mid-season engine change

When Your Engine Talks To YouIf you drive down Sheridan Road just outside the perimeter of the Tulsa International Airport, you'll find a row of small industrial buildings housing aviation engine, machine and hose shops.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flying The Middle East

These days, the most intelligent advice might be simply, “Don’t”

Flying The Middle EastThe Sinai Desert isn't very big, but it certainly looks forbidding from the air: desolate black, hot mountains, seas of sand, and large plains of heat and misery.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From The Editor: Red Rock Country

From The Editor: Red Rock CountrySedona, Ariz., is known for red rock formations that come alive in the low light of sunrise and sunset.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Heart Transplant

Overhauls, new sounds, the Old Gal labors on

Heart TransplantI've known for a while my engine wasn't totally happy.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ice You Can’t See Out The Window

Extra awareness is needed to detect the onset of induction system icing

Ice You Can’t See Out The WindowSome pilots may harbor the mistaken notion that if the airplane they're flying doesn't have a carburetor, they don't need to be concerned about the possibility of induction system icing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Different Kind Of Calendar

Our year begins and ends in Wisconsin

A Different Kind Of CalendarIf, at any given time, there are around 200,000 people on the grounds at the Oshkosh orgy of aviation, then there are probably the same number of reasons why they're there.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are They Crying Wolf?

Piloting skill and judgment involves recognizing which information is pertinent

Are They Crying Wolf?He falsely claimed he was being attacked by the wolf so often that when the wolf really did appear, no one came to help.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Energy Management

Turning science into art

Energy ManagementEnergy management is a pilot's most important task.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Learning To Trust Turbos

Once regarded by some pilots as inventions of the devil, turbochargers have gained respectability

Learning To Trust TurbosLike the vast majority of pilots, I learned to fly in a relatively innocent two-seater.