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Article: The Game Changer

In the relatively short span of aviation history, invention—usually driven by the necessity of war and/or competition—has accelerated the growth of aircraft performance at an amazing pace.

Article: Our 10 Favorite Cirrus SR22S

It’s fair to say that Cirrus changed general aviation in a way that hasn’t been seen since the halcyon days following World War II, when it seemed everybody built airplanes.

Article: Aspen Has Connections

It’s becoming an interactive world. Like many of you, I own an airplane that’s a legitimate antique but that will probably outlive me.

Article: Something Xtra Special

For years, GA manufacturers have left the upgrade aftermarket to STC (supplemental type certificate) holders and mod shops—the entities that developed or acquired an approved process of altering a certificated aircraft, and aircraft repair stations t...

Article: Oshkosh 2011

Economies rise and fall like ocean waves. Headlines blare about this debt crisis and that stock market selloff, and through it all we keep on keeping on: That’s what humans do.

Article: Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics Roundup

The economy hasn't dampened the resolve or enthusiasm of the avionics industry, which continues its feverish develop-ment of ever-more-spectacular instrumentation to help us fly with greater awareness, safety and simplicity.

Article: ForeFlight Mobile Version 4.0

In the brief time since its introduction, the iPad has become a runaway hit among pilots.

Article: The Next Step In Glass Panels

Pilots who attended the 2011 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., were introduced to the newest generation of Garmin avionics installed in the Cessna Corvalis 400TTX. ...

Article: Sennheiser S-1

It's been a long time since I've been really excited about a headset.

Article: It’s The Little Things: Refurbishing On A Dime

With recent news of declining new-aircraft sales, it's pretty clear that we may be in it for the long haul when it comes to a full economic recovery. ...

Article: Easy Ownership: The Great LSA

Herewith, the Essential Question: What's great about owning and flying an LSA?

Article: 20 Great Aviation Apps

The iPad scene shifts faster than coastal weather, with new products and amazing updates from old friends.

Article: Garmin Introduces The Touch-Screen 650 And 750

I've been fortunate to have access to many of the avionics innovations introduced in the last 40 years. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"108329", mediaType_mediaID:"video_1589425",...

Article: Great New Products!

In the middle of the best of Spring Break air show times it became, for a day, the very worst of times.

Article: The Best Of Books And Training Kits

Once upon a time in aviation, studying for the written and practical exams was anything but easy or convenient. Most likely, you'd sign up for ground school ...

Article: Caring For Your Aircraft

We all know about TBO (Time Between Overhauls or Time Before Overhaul), and we put money aside—mentally, if not in fact—for engine work with every flying hour, because major work is inevitable.

Article: Buy To Fly

Hello, can I schedule a lesson for Friday afternoon? No? You don’t have an airplane available?

Article: Sporty’s 50 Years On The Pulse Of GA

I’m meandering along a quiet perimeter road at Clermont County Airport near Batavia, Ohio, on a frigid morning.

Article: The Flight Bag Is A Pilot's Best Friend

Ah, the flight bag. What, in the air-mail days, was a lowly canvas sack into which was stuffed a bedraggled map, a candy bar and a dime for a phone call if the weather got bad has become a cockpit staple.

Article: Headsets: The Critical Component

On a recent cross-country on a busy day in the skies above California, I got a firsthand look into the importance of a good headset, and how a headset that’s good in one airplane might be completely wrong in another.

Article: Aviation Handhelds

Not long ago, handheld devices for in-cockpit use broke down into neat categories: GPS moving-map units kept pilots from getting lost.

Article: Choose Your Own Adventure

So, you just hit the lottery for a half-million bucks (after tax). This sounds like a big deal, except that it’s redundant because your spouse hit it last week for 10 million.

Article: Choosing A Six-Seater

If it’s really true that buyers of four-seat airplanes often buy two seats more than they need, the same may not be true of purchasers in the six-place class. ...

Article: Four-Seater Buyer's Guide

Four-seat airplanes have always been the most popular configuration in general aviation.

Article: A New Lease On Flying

He hasn’t been out of GA for very long, but as far as the developments he’s missed, nothing comes close to the strides made in avionics over the last few years.

Article: 11 Best New Products

The heart and soul of civilization, if you buy the exhaustively researched conclusions in Matt Ridley’s top-selling book The Rational Optimist, has been trade between the world’s people, from the very beginnings of humankind’s first yearning to...

Article: Buying Your First Airplane

Buying your first airplane is exciting and confusing, all at once.

Article: 20 New iPad Apps!

The iPad is slick, dazzling and infinitely upgradeable, with over 100,000 applications in Apple’s App Store.

Article: Airpark Living: Waking Up To Your Dream

If you’re serious about flying, at some point your dreams have wandered to airparks.

Article: Aspen Glow

The last of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team T-6s lets out a sonorous belch as its propeller spins to a stop, and I walk up to its hefty wing to meet Gene McNeely, slot pilot for the team.