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Article: Turbines vs. Pistons

A friend stopped by my hangar a while back on a rainy Saturday with an interesting question.

Article: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Over the years, you've no doubt heard urgings from various government agencies to always pay careful attention to the weather when you're in flying mode. ...

Article: It’s More Than Just An N-Number

The other day at the hangar, we were talking about how many times I've rebuilt my airplane: twice for the engine, twice for the fuselage and once for the rest of the airframe, which included re-cover and painting.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!

My friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.

Article: From The Editor: Backcountry In Style

It was the perfect mission of exploring Moab—Utah's popular base for national parks such as Arches and Canyonlands—and the perfect airplane, a Pilatus PC-12 that can land just about anywhere and carry just about anything.

Article: Improving On A Good Thing

Just as airplanes such as the straight-tail Beech Bonanza and Piper Super Cub have become pre-eminent in their respective classes, the Cessna 210 has enjoyed a similar reputation as an aviation icon.

Article: Perception

I'm constantly asked about my unique line of work as an air show pilot, "Do you get dizzy?" or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly?" But probably the question I'm most asked is about fear—"Aren't you afraid when you're diving toward the ground?"...

Article: Aviation In The Key Of Gee Whiz

The other day, we were discussing magazines, writing, flying and other major food groups of life, and I referred to the kind of wordsmithing I've always done as "Gee-Whiz Journalism."

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Dan Johnson

Dan characterizes the Big Picture this way: The market has spoken. LSA are here to stay.

Article: Helpful Suggestions

Aviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.

Article: The Race For Ratings

One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.

Article: From The Editor: Cross-Country Sophistication

Whether you fly the coastal route or choose California's Central Valley, the flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a spectacular one—and it's even more spectacular if you happen to be in a new 2012 Cirrus SR22.

Article: Setting The Selector

If you've flown a variety of aircraft, you know that some designers decided to make it awfully difficult to see for sure which fuel tank or tanks you've selected. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: To Dream, To Live

Jan Hercek got his flying start the way a lot of us did back then: in an old Rogallo-style hang glider.

Article: Mechanical Addiction

I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing, but a couple of months ago, I hit 5,000 hours of Pitts dual-given (most of it in the pattern). ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Birds Of A Feather

We're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.

Article: Flying The World’s Biggest Single-Engine Biplane

One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.

Article: Drinking, Driving And Flying

When FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after being arrested by police in Fairfax City, Va., on a drunk-driving charge, some of my pilot acquaintances were quick to express astonishment at the irony of Babbitt himself likely having to face the...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sebring Impressions

I thought those of you who have never been to an air show, specifically the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, might enjoy a world's-eye view of what it's like to make the pilgrimage every January.

Article: On Getting Short

Getting short" is a familiar old military term: You're coming to the end of your deployment or enlistment, and you don't have much time left before your life will be drastically altered.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Traffic, Gray Whale. 12 O’Clock, Low.

On a recent sunny Saturday, contributor Marc Lee and I decided to fly from the Los Angeles area to Santa Barbara for lunch.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Murphy’s Laws Of Aviation

I'm constantly amazed that the constants of aviation usually aren't.

Article: When Procedures Fail

Pilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.

Article: May I See Your Driver’s License?

Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Heart Like A Wing

It's that time of year! Spring be sprung, or nearly so; if a blanket of frosty white lurks beyond your window, have faith—the end is near.

Article: Unplanned Obsolescence

Every so often, something will happen that reaches out and raps you in the noggin, and makes you realize how fast time is ripping past. And how quickly something that's familiar and simply secondhand to you becomes exotic and antique to a new...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: What’s In A Name?

I first heard about Amelia Earhart three years ago on Facebook. The new Amelia Earhart, that is.

Article: Autopilots Equal Safety

One of the most common questions I get about flying the oceans is, "How do you stay awake on a 10- to 15-hour leg?" My standard answer is, "Consider the alternative."

Article: Include, Don’t Exclude

We all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Ivo Boscarol

Welcome to Slovenia, and let's raise our glasses to setting your goals too high.