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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.”
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From The Editor: Super Owner




From The Editor: Super OwnerMichelle Kole wasn’t sure what kind of airplane she wanted to own.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The Navigator


Small and feisty companies like 3Xtrim challenge conventional market wisdom



Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The NavigatorIt’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cirrus Merges With CAIGA


The pioneering aircraft maker to be acquired by a Chinese company



Cirrus Merges With CAIGAIn a milestone development, Cirrus Industries Inc. officials announced on Feb 28th that Cirrus Aircraft will be sold to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA).
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

From Mountains To Deserts




From Mountains To DesertsWith massive tundra tires, a welded tubular steel fuselage frame and seating for five, the tailwheel version of Expedition Aircraft’s bushplane lives up to its formidable name: Bigfoot.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To Solo


Rounding the circle of life with the immortal Piper Club



Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To SoloIt’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

From The Editor: (Un)restricted




From The Editor: (Un)restrictedIt was still dark, and Van Nuys tower had just opened when we took off on runway 16R for a right downwind departure toward the Mojave Desert.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Did It!


First solo in the Cessna Skycatcher LSA



I Did It!On a cool, crisp and calm October morning, I finally took my first solo flight. It was amazing! My journey to this point started almost three years before, in early 2007.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSA


Among 110 models, what led these pilots to buy these birds?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSAWith a tough year behind us and the bright hope of a better economic year ahead, I remembered our recent “Buy Your First Plane” issue and thought about first-time LSA owners.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin Class




From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin ClassThere exist very few things that I would wake up at 4 a.m. for. An airplane in the lens of my camera happens to be one of them.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Still Relentless


You don’t see this every day! But if you do, will you be ready?



Still RelentlessI can tell you that for one lap prior, the plane never ran so well.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect


What you think you heard can mess with your head



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon EffectThis time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NBAA 2010




NBAA 2010The 2010 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention held this year in Atlanta, Ga., was an event to smile about if you’re in the aviation business.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

From The Editor: Homecoming




From The Editor: HomecomingRon Mohrhoff speaks about his Bonanza the way most people might speak about their children. “Wow!” he proudly beams on each flight. “This airplane is the best!”
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pilot In Command


Decision-making is key, not just for Red Bull Air Race competitors, but all general aviation pilots



Pilot In CommandBeing a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller


Languishing on the sidelines, an exciting S-LSA makes a comeback



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time TravellerWriting for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.