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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect


What you think you heard can mess with your head



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon EffectThis time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NBAA 2010




NBAA 2010The 2010 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention held this year in Atlanta, Ga., was an event to smile about if you’re in the aviation business.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

From The Editor: Homecoming




From The Editor: HomecomingRon Mohrhoff speaks about his Bonanza the way most people might speak about their children. “Wow!” he proudly beams on each flight. “This airplane is the best!”
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pilot In Command


Decision-making is key, not just for Red Bull Air Race competitors, but all general aviation pilots



Pilot In CommandBeing a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller


Languishing on the sidelines, an exciting S-LSA makes a comeback



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time TravellerWriting for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

From The Editor: No Go-Around




From The Editor: No Go-AroundWhen the space shuttle reenters the earth’s atmosphere, it becomes nothing more than a huge glider—with a pretty awful glide ratio—and the shuttle commander gets just one chance to land.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Heavy Glider


An intimate look at the Shuttle Orbiter



The Heavy GliderI’m one fortunate aviator. My professional career has coincided with the 30-year flight history of the Space Shuttle program.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Little Airports


Green fields, blue skies, white clouds—LSA heaven, here I come!



Light-Sport Chronicles: Little AirportsBehold the home of the $100 hamburger, the remnants of a life gone by, when linen-covered, nitrate-doped biplanes landed in potato fields and took small-town kids for rides on balmy summer days.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From The Editor: Make Your Own Runway




From The Editor: Make Your Own RunwayI’ve always admired—and envied—bush pilots.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Power Of Electric Flight


Bridging the continents, bridging the generations



The Power Of Electric FlightWhat’s the next big leap in aviation? I think about this stuff all the time.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Staying The Course


Too many songbirds, not enough bird seed–what to do?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Staying The CourseRecently, a gentleman e-mailed me who had invested a ways back in an LSA company, not because he expected to become the next Piper, Flight Design, Rans or Legend Cub, but because, in his own words, "I just love airplanes." A lifelong financial professional, he wasn’t after a fortune—except maybe the proverbial small one from a big one. He just loved airplanes.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

From The Editor: The Athlete Pilot




From The Editor: The Athlete Pilot“Athlete” isn’t a word that’s often equated with pilots, but Red Bull Air Race pilots are athletes in every way.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Really Low On Fuel


A dark and stormy night in Alaska



Really Low On FuelEarly in September of 1977, a fellow Alaska registered guide asked me to fly some avgas to a hunting camp he operated on the west side of the Alaska Range.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Takeoff Alternates


Garmin tips for flying IFR



Takeoff AlternatesJune gloom is here—a time for low ceilings and low visibility due to fog and mist.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Boris Popov


One disaster avoided, one vow made–many lives saved thereafter



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Boris PopovA few weeks ago, I came within a second or two of a head-on mid-air collision.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From The Editor: Music To Fly By




From The Editor: Music To Fly ByFirst Titanic, then Avatar. Now the Horsemen. Renowned composer James Horner has taken his musical talents from Hollywood’s big screen to the world of aviation.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sharing The Passion


The mission to grow aviation



Sharing The PassionAviation and flying have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

From The Editor: Contrails & Cubs, Gear & Gators




From The Editor: Contrails & Cubs, Gear & GatorsThe last time we visited with John and Martha King, they were flying the new Cessna Skycatcher for a series of light-sport instructional DVDs. Recently, we caught up with them in something on the other end of the speed spectrum—their Dassault Falcon 10 jet.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Gold Stars & Black Stars


Reviewing last year’s LSA accidents shows improvements...and shortcomings



Light-Sport Chronicles: Gold Stars & Black StarsAbout a year ago, I asked Mike Adams, Avemco Insurance Company’s VP of underwriting, to use his crystal ball (FAA and Avemco accident and claim statistics) to divine trends in LSA flying.
Saturday, May 1, 2010

An Aviator’s Best Friend


Fifty years later, the next journey to the edge of space



An Aviator’s Best FriendFifty years ago, I stood at the edge of space and jumped. This year, Felix Baumgartner of Austria plans to make a jump from the edge of space, but from a height that’s 20,000 feet higher—an altitude from which no human has ever successfully completed a free fall. The mission is known as Red Bull Stratos.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

From The Editor: Choose Your Own Adventure




From The Editor: Choose Your Own AdventureI loved Choose Your Own Adventure “gamebooks” when I was young.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Reading The Tea Leaves


Some things to watch for...and watch out for



Light-Sport Chronicles: Reading The Tea LeavesPartway through the year, as the economy continues to show signs of recovery, I wanted to look down the road and ask someone who keeps a keen eye on the LSA industry if there were significant trends to track for the rest of 2010.