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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.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lindbergh Inspiration


Balancing nature and technology



Lindbergh InspirationIn 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From The Editor: One Small Step




From The Editor: One Small StepThe Lindbergh Foundation was created in 1977 to carry on the spirit of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh by providing grants to projects that foster new and environmentally friendly technology.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines


Parsing the whys and wherefores of a successful airframe parachute deployment...over water!



Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud LinesIn an upcoming issue, you'll find my feature story about the harrowing experience of Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine as they rode a BRS airframe parachute canopy into the water near the island of Andros in the Bahamas.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!




From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!It's a fact: Pilots love to share their flying stories. Good landings, bad landings and everything in between.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From The Editor: Backcountry In Style




From The Editor: Backcountry In StyleIt was the perfect mission of exploring Moab—Utah's popular base for national parks such as Arches and Canyonlands—and the perfect airplane, a Pilatus PC-12 that can land just about anywhere and carry just about anything.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Dan Johnson


An LSA leader divines the past, present and future of LSA



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Dan JohnsonDan characterizes the Big Picture this way: The market has spoken. LSA are here to stay.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From The Editor: Cross-Country Sophistication




From The Editor: Cross-Country SophisticationWhether you fly the coastal route or choose California's Central Valley, the flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a spectacular one—and it's even more spectacular if you happen to be in a new 2012 Cirrus SR22.
Friday, April 20, 2012

Full Speed Ahead For The Cirrus Vision Jet




Full Speed Ahead For The Cirrus Vision JetIt's official: Cirrus Aircraft is moving ahead with the development of its SF50 Vision Jet
Friday, April 20, 2012

Ultra-Efficient Panthera Makes its Grand Entrance




Ultra-Efficient Panthera Makes its Grand EntranceSlovenian eco-friendly manufacturer, Pipistrel, revealed their super-sleek "Panthera" at Aero Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany this week.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: To Dream, To Live


For Jan Hercek, future vision and reality are separated only by time



Light-Sport Chronicles: To Dream, To LiveJan Hercek got his flying start the way a lot of us did back then: in an old Rogallo-style hang glider.