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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
For 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
Today'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
Roaming 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
It'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
One 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
When 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
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
When 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
In 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
Northern 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
Last 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
For 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?
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
It'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
LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left
The 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
You 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
It 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
Something 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
This 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
Although the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Balancing nature and technology
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century.