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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.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

From The Editor: No Go-Around




From The Editor: No Go-AroundWhen the space shuttle reenters the earth’s atmosphere, it becomes nothing more than a huge glider—with a pretty awful glide ratio—and the shuttle commander gets just one chance to land.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Heavy Glider


An intimate look at the Shuttle Orbiter



The Heavy GliderI’m one fortunate aviator. My professional career has coincided with the 30-year flight history of the Space Shuttle program.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Little Airports


Green fields, blue skies, white clouds—LSA heaven, here I come!



Light-Sport Chronicles: Little AirportsBehold the home of the $100 hamburger, the remnants of a life gone by, when linen-covered, nitrate-doped biplanes landed in potato fields and took small-town kids for rides on balmy summer days.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From The Editor: Make Your Own Runway




From The Editor: Make Your Own RunwayI’ve always admired—and envied—bush pilots.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Power Of Electric Flight


Bridging the continents, bridging the generations



The Power Of Electric FlightWhat’s the next big leap in aviation? I think about this stuff all the time.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Staying The Course


Too many songbirds, not enough bird seed–what to do?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Staying The CourseRecently, a gentleman e-mailed me who had invested a ways back in an LSA company, not because he expected to become the next Piper, Flight Design, Rans or Legend Cub, but because, in his own words, "I just love airplanes." A lifelong financial professional, he wasn’t after a fortune—except maybe the proverbial small one from a big one. He just loved airplanes.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

From The Editor: The Athlete Pilot




From The Editor: The Athlete Pilot“Athlete” isn’t a word that’s often equated with pilots, but Red Bull Air Race pilots are athletes in every way.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Really Low On Fuel


A dark and stormy night in Alaska



Really Low On FuelEarly in September of 1977, a fellow Alaska registered guide asked me to fly some avgas to a hunting camp he operated on the west side of the Alaska Range.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Takeoff Alternates


Garmin tips for flying IFR



Takeoff AlternatesJune gloom is here—a time for low ceilings and low visibility due to fog and mist.