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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.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Flying Fifi


Around the patch in a Superfortress



Flying FifiMy most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Part II


Even after tragedy and Global Econ 101, fun flying wins out



Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Part IILast month, you met Chris Dillis, who took the "friendly clubhouse" atmosphere common to European VLA (very light aircraft) flying and brought it to his own LSA startup in Denver.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

From The Editor: Maverick Has the Ball




From The Editor: Maverick Has the BallTo commemorate the centennial of naval aviation, Plane & Pilot Publisher Mike McMann and I journeyed to Naval Air Station Lemoore. We spent our day with strike-fighter squadron VFA-122, at the controls of an F/A-18 simulator, on a hangar tour and shadowing an LSO during landing practice for carrier qualification.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Safe Turnarounds


Is the impossible turn, in fact, possible?



Safe TurnaroundsOver the years, I've made frequent mention of a controversial number: "safe turnaround altitude."
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name


Here’s a flight school/club where fun flying is #1



Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your NameThe success of the long-running Cheers TV show, I’m convinced, came in no small part from the seductive lines in that great theme song that so well captured the spirit of the show.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot




From The Editor: A Pilot’s PilotMore than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes took part in the annual aviation mecca that is EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Whole New Flying World


Even though ski flying doesn’t require an endorsement, it’s critical to get instruction first



A Whole New Flying WorldA fellow pilot once asked, "How long does it take to check out on skis?"
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Gag Reel


Real-world kudos from the folks who fly LSA day in, day out



Light-Sport Chronicles: Gag ReelTo help with my recent write-up on what's great about owning and flying LSA, I had the pleasure to jaw with several owners, from teachers to pleasure flyers.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

From The Editor: Over Water




From The Editor: Over WaterIt never seems to matter what headset I'm wearing—when I'm flying over a large stretch of water, I can hear every single sound that the engine makes.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Battle Over Frigid Seas


In the Sea Shepherd’s mission to find and stop whaling ships, the helicopter is key



Battle Over Frigid SeasAviation has always been a part of my life, but only recently has it become my profession.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision, Randall Fishman


This “garage” builder of electric aircraft wants to quietly change the world



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision, Randall FishmanIn 2007, a man no one in aviation had ever heard of walked onto the field at Oshkosh, strapped himself into a motorized hang-glider trike and took off.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

From The Editor: Moving On Up




From The Editor: Moving On UpAs pilots, we're constantly looking to challenge ourselves and learn more about flying.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How Well Do You Know Your Airliners?


Aviation enthusiasts worth their salt should be able to tell an Airbus from a Boeing. Here are some telltale signs to help you distinguish.



How Well Do You Know Your Airliners?Determining aircraft types isn't as easy as it used to be, when seeing a hump on the front meant it was a 747, and three tail-mounted engines indicated you were in for a noisy 727 departure.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies Again


Come fly this head-turning replica of a unique, notorious German warbird



Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies AgainWeird, cool, authentic, bizarre, eccentric, spectacular: so begins my Adjective Hit Parade to describe the Criquet Storch.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From The Editor: When Weather Gets In The Way




From The Editor: When Weather Gets In The WayEach cross-country flight is an adventure, but when things don't go as planned, it doesn't have to become a misadventure.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My Life


Why spins and unusual attitudes are good for all of us



Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My LifeWhile working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant, I met and married the owner of CP Aviation, Clay Phelps.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Scoping The Numbers


Figures lie, and liars figure, even with LSA accident stats



Light-Sport Chronicles: Scoping The NumbersEvery year about this time, I like to catch up with Mike Adams, the ever-helpful Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company, to take a gander at LSA accident trends.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

From The Editor: Cross-Country




From The Editor: Cross-CountryNo matter how much you love to fly, 14 hours of flight in one day is a long time. That's how long it took Cirrus pilot Matt Bergwall and me to return to California from Sun 'n Fun.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0


When the mountain won't come to you, fly to the mountain



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0"If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad,” goes the ancient saying, “then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”