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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.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

From The Editor: The Best Of Both Worlds




From The Editor: The Best Of Both WorldsMonument Valley, on the northern border of Arizona with southern Utah, is pretty much in the middle of no-where.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sebring Impressions


Lights, cameras, action: what a great way to start the LSA year!



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sebring ImpressionsI thought those of you who have never been to an air show, specifically the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, might enjoy a world's-eye view of what it's like to make the pilgrimage every January.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

From The Editor: Traffic, Gray Whale. 12 O’Clock, Low.




From The Editor: Traffic, Gray Whale. 12 O’Clock, Low.On a recent sunny Saturday, contributor Marc Lee and I decided to fly from the Los Angeles area to Santa Barbara for lunch.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Heart Like A Wing


In celebration of CFIs everywhere, and one in particular



Light-Sport Chronicles: Heart Like A WingIt's that time of year! Spring be sprung, or nearly so; if a blanket of frosty white lurks beyond your window, have faith—the end is near.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

From The Editor: What’s In A Name?




From The Editor: What’s In A Name?I first heard about Amelia Earhart three years ago on Facebook. The new Amelia Earhart, that is.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Include, Don’t Exclude


A look at some of the deterrents to flying and what can be done to reverse them



Include, Don’t ExcludeWe all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

$150 Per Pilot Charge for Using the iPad?




$150 Per Pilot Charge for Using the iPad?Last week, the FAA's AeroNav division held a meeting in Washington D.C.—where the public and press were excluded—to discuss charging fees for users of their digital chart data.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Ivo Boscarol


Routinely setting your goals way too high has its benefits



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Ivo BoscarolWelcome to Slovenia, and let's raise our glasses to setting your goals too high.
Monday, December 5, 2011

From The Editor: Something For Everyone




From The Editor: Something For Everyone"I fly for food," was Dick Rutan's good-humored and modest response when I thanked him for flying the photo flight.
Monday, December 5, 2011

Coast-To-Coast


The great American road trip...or is it?



Coast-To-CoastThe faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Snowmobile Engine...NOT!


Kicking the Rotax myth in the head once and for all



Light-Sport Chronicles: Snowmobile Engine...NOT!Naw, it's got a snowmobile engine, I'm not flying one of those!" Odds are, if you've hung out a bit with experienced GA pilots, especially those who have plied the skies on personal wings for a while, you've heard that about the Rotax aircraft engine.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From The Editor: It’s Better In The Bahamas




From The Editor: It’s Better In The BahamasWith 700 islands, turquoise waters, postcard-perfect beaches, and 55 general aviation airports, The Bahamas is undoubtedly a pilot's paradise. Recently, Plane & Pilot joined the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation on a flying trip to three beautiful islands, for a taste of The Bahamas.