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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.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Forgiving FAA


Don’t always assume you’ll be busted



The Forgiving FAAI called up Flight Watch crossing the Colorado River at Lake Havasu and learned that most of the Los Angeles Basin was rapidly deteriorating toward IFR minimums.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Summer Of Opportunity


Making the move into competition aerobatics



A Summer Of OpportunityAfter going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

From The Editor: Plane On A Mission




From The Editor: Plane On A MissionWhen we ask pilots what their dream airplane is, we rarely receive a one-airplane reply.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part III


Wrapping up our look at how we do our LSA thing



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part IIIIn our first two summaries of LSA pilot opinion, we covered the LSA Who/What/When/Where basics.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I Wanna Build...


Sometimes, the dream is more valuable than the reality



I Wanna Build...All of us have curious habits that we'd just as soon have no one know about.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Minimal Experience


What’s appropriate in terms of experience may not be found in the FARs



Minimal ExperienceBrowse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Life Of An Air Show Pilot


When you love what you do, is it work?



The Life Of An Air Show PilotIf you love what you do, you're not really working, but being an air show pilot is a mixture of hard work and hardly working.