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Friday, November 20, 2015
Fifty Years Of Plane & Pilot Magazine
Plane & Pilot embarks on its second half-century
No one could possibly have guessed what would happen to the lightplane industry in 1965 when Plane & Pilot magazine coincidentally published its first issue.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
From The Editor: A Time For Every Season
It's early September as we're wrapping up this November issue, and it's inescapably clear that summer is beginning its transition to fall.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Avionics Academy: Autopilot Upgrades
Spend some time on up-front research to save a bundle on installation
Modern autopilots are a huge boon to the general aviation pilot.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
From The Editor: Oshkosh, The Piper M350, The Kenai & Lots More!
It was the kind of weather that causes Wisconsinites to choose to live here year around…crazy people that we are.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Avionics Academy: Audio Upgrades
Adding or upgrading an intercom/audio panel can make flying more pleasant, but check the wiring first!
Over the last 20 years or so, there has been a revolution in general aviation (GA) audio, with noise-cancelling headsets and stereo entertainment systems that bring studio-quality music to pilots and passengers.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
EAA AirVenture 2015
The ascent continues
Great weather, a stunning line-up of aircraft never seen before at Wittman Field and the hunger to be part of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration powered EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 to a record-breaking year, continuing its recent upward trajectory.
Friday, August 21, 2015
From The Editor: Some Safety Advice & More
Here's hoping your summer flying fun continues for many weeks to come!
Friday, August 21, 2015
Avionics Academy: Which Data Link Should You Get For ADS-B Out?
The answer depends on where you fly and what other equipment you have
A local pilot who reads these columns recently called me for advice.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
From The Editor: Fly Smarter
We hope you're in the midst of making your summer flying dreams come true. Make the most of those extra hours of daylight!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Avionics Academy: How Will The FAA Monitor ADS-B Compliance?
And what happens if I’m not equipped in time?
It's actually easier to answer the second part of that question than the first.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Avionics Academy: Why Panel-Mount (TSO) Avionics Cost So Much
FAA regulations make avionics safe, reliable—and expensive
The answer has a lot to do with the way the avionics industry has developed in the last century.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
From The Editor: Flying Out Of The Country
Flying to an exotic destination like the Bahamas may seem like a daunting, out-of-reach pipe dream.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Avionics Academy: Planning For Avionic Obsolescence
What can you do with your old GPS unit?
That's just one symptom of a larger problem—modern avionics simply can't be expected to last as long as old radio stacks.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
From The Editor: Sharpen Your Skills
There are many exciting ways to fine-tune your flying skills and learn new techniques while adding a new rating to your pilot certificate.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Avionics Academy: Why Not Portable ADS-B Out?
The 2020 FAA mandate stipulates that aircraft owners use a panel-mount solution
After all, there are now dozens of portable ADS-B gizmos out there, all much cheaper than panel-mount, and VFR pilots can get by with portable GPS. So, why not portable ADS-B?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
From The Editor: It’s All In The Rudder
Are you using rudder as much as you should be?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-B
Sport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
From The Editor: Desert Flying
The vast Mojave Desert has a dramatic aviation history as a test bed for experimental military and civilian aircraft.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of Pilot
Our 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
From The Editor: Red Rock Country
Sedona, Ariz., is known for red rock formations that come alive in the low light of sunrise and sunset.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
From The Editor: Aviating, Kiwi Style
New Zealand is known for its dramatic topography—snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, fjords—and as pilots, we're fortunate to experience natural beauty from the air.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
From The Editor: Mentorship
It was one of the highlights of last year's EAA AirVenture, so I eagerly signed up again this year: an afternoon spent mentoring three young women who have an interest in aviation photography.