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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.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View

Taking a broad look at LSA with one of its major players

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View"This is a very dynamic time for the industry, and for Remos,” Ken Weaver, VP of marketing for Remos Aircraft, told me the other day.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From The Editor: Just Because

From The Editor: Just Because"Why would anyone want to go there?” is what a few pilots on the ramp asked when we told them where we were off to.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From The Editor: Where GA Shines

From The Editor: Where GA ShinesSince the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January, general aviation pilots have been making an increasingly positive impact in the troubled country; in some regions, GA relief flights are the only way aid is getting through.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy

We have met the enemy...and he is us

Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy“Minute Man traffic, light-sport one three four X-ray entering downwind for runway three, Minute Man.”
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke

Engineering whiz, airplane lover, LSA rule maker...founding father

Profiles In Vision: Larry BurkeEver had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

From The Editor: It’s Never Too Late

From The Editor: It’s Never Too LateIt was typical hangar chatter during a holiday party at the MotoArt facility at Torrance Airport.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Common Thread

How mountain flying meshes with primary training

The Common ThreadYou may not think that “learning to fly” and “mountain flying” fit well in the same sentence, but I urge you to reconsider.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze

Three ways LSA flight training is getting done in America

Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight into LSA flight training in America.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

From The Editor: Catching Up With The Kings

From The Editor: Catching Up With The KingsThe exchange sounded like something you might expect to hear in the cockpit of a large airliner. But I was in a Dassault Falcon 10 piloted by husband and wife John and Martha King, creators of the popular King Schools training videos and private jet owners.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

LSA Ownership—Condo Style!

Low down payment, affordable monthly installments, zero hassle: sound familiar?

LSA Ownership—Condo Style!I love this concept of sharing ownership in an aircraft, new or used. Last month, I delved into David Kruger’s Aircraft Partnership Association (www.theapa.com), a type of online matchmaking service to bring like-minded pilots together for sharing the costs of aircraft ownership.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From The Editor: Spreading The Word

From The Editor: Spreading The WordWhile working on this month’s Guest Speaker column, Managing Editor Pam Lee suggested that the reference to Patty Wagstaff mention that the air show star performs annually in front of thousands of spectators. Hundreds of thousands, I countered.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Air Shows As GA Rallying Point

Working together to benefit general aviation

Air Shows As GA Rallying PointAs much of the aviation industry suffered through the effects of the historic economic downturn during the last year, the air show industry experienced double-digit growth and, in some markets, record attendance.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Light-Sport Chronicles: Matchmaking...For Pilots

The truth shall set you free: How to afford an LSA

Light-Sport Chronicles: Matchmaking...For PilotsWebster should put a picture of a human under its definition of “adaptability.”
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

From The Editor: The Wild West

From The Editor: The Wild WestWe’re following the map, but as we pull into Lake Isabella’s South Fork boat ramp, Marc Lee and I aren’t sure we’re in the right place.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Secret

How teamwork makes for the best job in the sky

My SecretI have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the aviation community.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

From The Editor: From Bush To Big City, And Way Beyond

From The Editor: From Bush To Big City, And Way BeyondAny taildragger pilot will tell you that you can take a Husky out of the backcountry, but you can’t take the backcountry out of a Husky.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Reflections On Inner & Outer Flight

Reaching beyond self-imposed limitations

Reflections On Inner & Outer FlightWhy are we so fascinated by flight? What draws us to it? What makes flight so special?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Light-Sport Chronicles: Three From The Heart

Of inspiring flights, parachute saves and electric flight from China

Light-Sport Chronicles: Three From The HeartWeeks into the New England summer season, which, as of July 4, is more like an extended March, I’m feeling a serious need for some LSA speed.