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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot




From The Editor: A Pilot’s PilotSpending time with Bob Hoover is an experience that's forever treasured by anyone who has ever had the opportunity.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Av-World In Which We Live


Paul Poberezny, sport aviation and me



The Av-World In Which We LiveThe fact that we lost Paul Poberezny, founder of the EAA, in August is, by now, old news. Nonetheless, it's still important news to those of us who call sport aviation home.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Clues From Survivors


Survivors can provide new information or confirm what came from another source



Clues From SurvivorsSurvivors don't always remember very much about an accident. In some cases, memory is affected by the body going into shock or receiving physical injury.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-Pourri


An “All Things Considered” approach to aviation innovation



Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-PourriOne of my favorite websites is Gizmag, a kind of Dyson vacuum for all the latest tech/science/gadget newsbits that come at us every day.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Flying Floats


Blending water with fire, air and earth



Flying FloatsWhat do pilots talk about at dinner? You guessed it.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

There’s A New Bear In Town


Man’s best friend can be man’s best copilot



There’s A New Bear In TownI'm one of those strange nutcases who has been flying with dogs for nearly as long as I've been flying, about 45 years.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

From The Editor: Sea/Sky Adventure




From The Editor: Sea/Sky AdventureFive years ago at a desert storage facility, Joe Duke came across a 1954 Grumman G-111 Albatross calling his name.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Aerobatics, Judgment And Stupidity


All the FARs in the world can’t protect us from ourselves



Aerobatics, Judgment And StupidityA few minutes ago, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a Cirrus accident caused by attempting to do a roll at 200 feet.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Weather Picture


The NTSB wants you to be able to see what’s happening in places you’re going to



The Weather PictureThe program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way


More insights into aviation’s electrifying future from Erik Lindbergh



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh WayLast month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From The Editor: Cross-Country Cubbing




From The Editor: Cross-Country CubbingIf you've ever flown around the Southwest U.S., then you know of its immense vastness and beauty.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Aerobatic Boxes


The airspace of the air show world



Aerobatic BoxesOne of the best things about being a pilot is we can choose where we live, especially aerobatic pros who like to live close to their work.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Issues With Oil


Oil may be more important than fuel



Issues With OilI bought my first airplane, a Globe Swift, from a retired petroleum engineer and A&P mechanic who had lavished hundreds of hours on his airplane.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way


A famous aviator’s reflections on his first solo electric flight



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh WayThere's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Oshkosh ‘13


The biggest or shiniest isn’t always the most amazing and impressive



Oshkosh ‘13For me, the most amazing thing about Oshkosh '13 (per usual, I can't bring myself to call it AirVenture) is that this was number 45 for me.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria


Just because the FAA doesn’t get specific doesn’t mean you don’t need criteria



Setting Stabilized Approach CriteriaWhen Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

One Trip, 85 Suitcases


The logistics that go into a big GA flight might leave you wondering where you left your car



One Trip, 85 SuitcasesFlying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Beware The Fickle Winds


Winds almost never play fair



Beware The Fickle WindsIt was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From The Editor: Flying Two Engines




From The Editor: Flying Two EnginesATP Flight School is the largest flight academy in the country, excelling at training flight students for professional airline careers.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

10 Best Pilots


The ability to make an airplane do the impossible is what separates the best from the rest



10 Best PilotsWho's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?