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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-Pourri


An “All Things Considered” approach to aviation innovation



Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-PourriOne of my favorite websites is Gizmag, a kind of Dyson vacuum for all the latest tech/science/gadget newsbits that come at us every day.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

From The Editor: Sea/Sky Adventure




From The Editor: Sea/Sky AdventureFive years ago at a desert storage facility, Joe Duke came across a 1954 Grumman G-111 Albatross calling his name.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way


More insights into aviation’s electrifying future from Erik Lindbergh



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh WayLast month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From The Editor: Cross-Country Cubbing




From The Editor: Cross-Country CubbingIf you've ever flown around the Southwest U.S., then you know of its immense vastness and beauty.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way


A famous aviator’s reflections on his first solo electric flight



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh WayThere's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From The Editor: Flying Two Engines




From The Editor: Flying Two EnginesATP Flight School is the largest flight academy in the country, excelling at training flight students for professional airline careers.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…


...will they come? Time, work, imagination, and location, location, location will tell.



Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…We're shooting the breeze inside the big, brand-new 80x80-foot hangar they've just completed—at their very own country airport.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

10 Best Pilots


The ability to make an airplane do the impossible is what separates the best from the rest



10 Best PilotsWho's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?
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

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

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

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, 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.
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

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

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

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

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, 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, February 26, 2013

From The Editor: Panhandle Backcountry




From The Editor: Panhandle BackcountryNorthern Idaho is an adventure pilot's dreamland, with dozens of backcountry strips, stunning mountain flying and sizeable lakes perfect for seaplanes.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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


More feedback from our poll of the LSA flying community



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part IILast month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.