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Article: The Fine Art Of Crashing

Like any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.

Article: Clouds

Recently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha

LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.

Article: Adequate Airspeed

We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.

Article: Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?

Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do). ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left

The crowds at Stead Airport this year proved that the tradition of the Reno Air Races lives on strong, moving forward after last year's accident. ...

Article: Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)

I have a friend who owns a 36 Bonanza, and though his airplane has always been a dozen or so knots faster than my LoPresti Mooney, he's consistently envied my airplane's lower fuel burn.

Article: Chasing Fires

Rush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.

Article: Amateur-Built Safety

According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The Future

You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.

Article: Trusting Souls

We're about to do some hangar flying under the guise of talking about some of the most trusting people I've ever met in my life.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Hangar Home

It was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.

Article: Flying Above Mars

Like most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.

Article: Being Resourceful

If one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.

Article: When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous

Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.

Article: Of Porta-Potties And Fields of Yellow

No, let me amend that: It was my 41st to Oshkosh, plus three to Rockford, the last home of the EAA's yearly orgy of all things aerial and wondrous. ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide Open

Something I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)

Article: From The Editor: Cubbin' Around

This year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.

Article: Pre-Aerobatics

This summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.

Article: Lightning Enlightenment

On April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines II

Although the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.

Article: The Gettin’ In Dance

However, it often appears as if the most "interesting" vehicles require the most difficult dance moves to get into them.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: One Small Step

The 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.

Article: Engine Reliability

Many of us have had this happen at one time or another.

Article: Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

When I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines

In 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.

Article: Sharing The Sky

Although birds will take evasive action to avoid us, and lights can make us more conspicuous, there are times when their and our best efforts aren't good enough. ...

Article: Dreamin’

I just discovered an important fact of life: dreams don't die.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Staying Healthy

Pilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.

Article: 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.

Also labeled: Features, Photography, Pilot Talk