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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mind Over Matter


Visualization on the ground is as important as flight in the air to the screen



Mind Over MatterWe can't be flying all the time, though some would prefer it. I admit I'm a lousy spectator.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wings To Fly


A paraplegic’s tenacious journey to the skies



Wings To Fly My name is Peter Pretorius. My life began in November of 1959 when I entered the world as a healthy seven-pound boy.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For The Birds


Birds did it long before humans, and they still do it better



For The BirdsI was delivering a Malibu to Neuquen, Argentina, a few years ago, flying the route we usually take to Patagonia in South America.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

From The Editor: The Diverse World of LSA




From The Editor: The Diverse World of LSAToday's light-sport market boasts 131 ASTM-certified airplanes and is as diverse as it has ever been.
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Safety Alerts


The NTSB has highlighted what it sees as five general aviation trouble areas



Safety AlertsRather than just hand-wringing at the inability of general aviation to bring its accident rates in line with those of the scheduled airlines, the NTSB is trying to cajole and educate pilots and others who might have some influence.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Art And Science Of Formation Flying


The finer side to flying lead or wing



The Art And Science Of Formation FlyingHave you ever wondered what it's like to be flying in close formation with another airplane, seeing the tiniest movement of an aileron, the heat curling from the exhaust?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Of Crash Courses And Self-Discovery


Who knew there could be so much to learn in the game?



Of Crash Courses And Self-DiscoveryI've decided that I don't know a damn thing about airplanes and even less about flight instructing.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View


We’re as old or young, as declining or thriving, as we wish to be



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long ViewRoaming through the expansive winged carnival that is the annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, I fairly marvel each year at how much changes from visit to visit—and how much doesn't.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Airborne Proposal


A momentous final approach to a new beginning



Airborne ProposalIn my first year at University, I met the most beautiful girl I could dream of, both in personality and character.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The VLJ Market—13 Years Late


It’s true that hindsight is nearly always 20/20, but was there ever a VLJ market to begin with?



The VLJ Market—13 Years LateNew airplanes sell (or don't sell) for a variety of reasons.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

From The Editor: Extreme Flying




From The Editor: Extreme FlyingIt's a story of deserted beaches, do-it-yourself runways, a wildebeest migration, fee negotiations, active volcanoes and two highly modified Super Cubs.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Who Was Lt. A. F. Linde?


Of history, estate sales, attics and kids



Who Was Lt. A. F. Linde?On the back of the sheath, it says, "A.F. Linde, O-930832." That was the pilot's name and service number.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Improving Search And Rescue


Enhanced technology is available, but aviators have been slow to adopt it



Improving Search And RescueAs of mid-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Satellite Operations Center in Suitland, Md., had about 355,000 of the newer 406 MHz emergency beacons registered in its SARSAT database.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Spine Of Steel


Some of us never know what we’re made of until everything’s taken away



Light-Sport Chronicles: Spine Of SteelOne more thing: She just earned her sport-pilot wings. And she did it all from a wheelchair.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monoplane Revolution


A game changer in the world of aerobatic competition



Monoplane RevolutionIn 1984, I trained with air show pilot Duane Cole at Luck Field in Burleson, Texas, for the Intermediate category of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Flying The Middle East


The rules seem to be changeable in the Middle East



Flying The Middle EastI had delivered the Beech Duke to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, five months before on the premise that the airplane might be able to improve rainfall.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

From The Editor: Luxury Camping




From The Editor: Luxury CampingWhen you think of camping with an airplane in the backcountry, a Cirrus—known for its luxury cross-country capabilities—probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

And Speaking Of Power


When a Hornet taxis by your home airport



And Speaking Of PowerLast week, one of those moments had me trying to fish my phone out from under my five-point harness—and failing.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Mike Z And The Harbingers Of Doom!


For those eager pessimists proclaiming LSA on life support, a rebuttal



Light-Sport Chronicles: Mike Z And The Harbingers Of Doom!A leading aviation magazine recently ran a story that proclaimed the LSA industry as a "segment in critical condition."
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Counting On The Instructor


How long should an instructor wait before correcting a student’s mistake?



Counting On The InstructorA student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.