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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.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From The Editor: Sky Therapy




From The Editor: Sky TherapyFor some, lying on the sofa in a counselor's office is therapy.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!


Just how are we pilots doing our sport flying these days?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

From The Editor: Navigating New York




From The Editor: Navigating New YorkIt's some of the busiest airspace in the country. New York Harbor sits right between Class B airports LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, but for VFR pilots it's accessible via the Hudson River Corridor.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha


Insider glimpses of Pipistrel’s sky-breaking new trainer



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of AlphaLSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left




From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn LeftThe crowds at Stead Airport this year proved that the tradition of the Reno Air Races lives on strong, moving forward after last year's accident.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The Future


Not all pioneers go gently unto that good night



Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The FutureYou could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From The Editor: Hangar Home




From The Editor: Hangar HomeIt was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide Open


When Lou Mancuso talks about LSA...people listen



Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide OpenSomething I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

From The Editor: Cubbin' Around




From The Editor: Cubbin' AroundThis year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines II


More post-event insights into an airframe parachute deployment over the ocean



Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines IIAlthough the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.