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Monday, December 28, 2015

The New Plane & Pilot


Greetings from the new guy, and let’s go flying



The New Plane & PilotHold on to your hats—there will be big changes.
Monday, December 14, 2015

Avionics Academy: ADS-B For Factory Glass Panels


Check with the aircraft manufacturer first



Avionics Academy: ADS-B For Factory Glass PanelsAs the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B Out mandate approaches, an increasingly wide array of products are available for operators needing to retrofit their airplanes.
Monday, December 14, 2015

Aviation 1965-2015


A Half-century of chaotic progress



Aviation 1965-2015Aviation is a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Fifty Years Of Plane & Pilot Magazine


Plane & Pilot embarks on its second half-century    



Fifty Years Of Plane & Pilot MagazineNo 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




From The Editor: A Time For Every SeasonIt'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



Avionics Academy: Autopilot UpgradesModern 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!




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!



Avionics Academy: Audio UpgradesOver 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



EAA AirVenture 2015Great 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




From The Editor: Some Safety Advice & MoreHere'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



Avionics Academy: Which Data Link Should You Get For ADS-B Out?A local pilot who reads these columns recently called me for advice.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

From The Editor: Fly Smarter




From The Editor: Fly SmarterWe 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?



Avionics Academy: How Will The FAA Monitor ADS-B Compliance?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



Avionics Academy: Why Panel-Mount (TSO) Avionics Cost So MuchThe 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




From The Editor: Flying Out Of The CountryFlying 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?



Avionics Academy: Planning For Avionic ObsolescenceThat'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




From The Editor: Sharpen Your SkillsThere 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



Avionics Academy: Why Not Portable ADS-B Out?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




From The Editor: It’s All In The RudderAre you using rudder as much as you should be?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-B




From The Editor: LSA, Turbines & ADS-BSport aviation continues to be an exciting and innovative sector of general aviation.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From The Editor: Desert Flying




From The Editor: Desert FlyingThe 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




From The Editor: A Plane For Every Type Of PilotOur comprehensive 2015 Buyer's Guide features aircraft for all kinds of pilots, from light-sport planes and single pistons to turboprops and jets.