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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From The Editor: Oshkosh Highlights




From The Editor: Oshkosh HighlightsEAA AirVenture can't be adequately explained in words. It's an awe-inspiring event that needs to be experienced firsthand.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shut Up And Fly


There’s no excuse to stay on the ground



Shut Up And FlyAt a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Akro At The Beginning


Every Age is Golden if we’re lucky enough to be part of it



Akro At The BeginningThis is because I have yet to enter a decade that, in one way or another, wasn't a Golden Age, including this one.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Engine-Out Landings


Management of remaining power and hitting all the numbers are keys to success



Engine-Out LandingsIf I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Hansen Family Values


This family tree has wings for branches and clouds for leaves



Light-Sport Chronicles: Hansen Family ValuesJon Hansen has been a major player in the LSA movement since it was merely a twinkle in the FAA's eye.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Memories Of Japan


Looking down on Japan from a Piper Malibu is a privilege granted to very few



Memories Of JapanIt was late December, and I had been stuck in Guam for five days, waiting for a stubborn typhoon to move out of the way between America's westernmost territory and Japan.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

From The Editor: An Unexpected Visit




From The Editor: An Unexpected VisitThe destination for our eight-ship of warbirds was Rapid City, S.D., but it wasn't looking good.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Life Without An Address


Living the dreams that aviation makes possible



Life Without An AddressRecently, I asked the owner of an airplane for his physical address, and he said he didn't have one.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Europe’s Disneyland For Airplanes


One Yank’s take on Europe’s premier aircraft show...and why we should care



Light-Sport Chronicles: Europe’s Disneyland For AirplanesFor many sport aviation-industry watchers at this year's Aero trade show—it's the annual European bash right after our Sun 'n Fun—the star attraction was Peter Funk's magnificent FK51 Mustang.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pilots Popping Pills


Use of prescription and over-the-counter medications can be problematic for pilots



Pilots Popping PillsI recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006.
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.