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.
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. ...
Jan Hercek got his flying start the way a lot of us did back then: in an old Rogallo-style hang glider.
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). ...
We're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.
One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.
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...
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.
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.
On a recent sunny Saturday, contributor Marc Lee and I decided to fly from the Los Angeles area to Santa Barbara for lunch.
I'm constantly amazed that the constants of aviation usually aren't.
Pilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.
Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.
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.
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...
I first heard about Amelia Earhart three years ago on Facebook. The new Amelia Earhart, that is.
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."
We all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
Welcome to Slovenia, and let's raise our glasses to setting your goals too high.
The death toll quickly rose to 11, including the pilot with about 70 injured.
At the time this was being written, word was circulating within the aviation community that as the result of the Colgan airline crash in 2009, the FAA is probably going to place new experience requirements on airline copilot new hires.
"I fly for food," was Dick Rutan's good-humored and modest response when I thanked him for flying the photo flight.
In my part of the sky—at least, the part I watch most often—we don't see many clouds.
The faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.
When you're a flight instructor, you're a combination shrink, drill sergeant, mother confessor and cheerleader; and, if you're a good instructor, you quickly realize that the act of instructing is teaching you more than you're teaching the student....
Naw, it's got a snowmobile engine, I'm not flying one of those!" Odds are, if you've hung out a bit with experienced GA pilots, especially those who have plied the skies on personal wings for a while, you've heard that about the Rotax aircraft engine....
According to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires. ...
Pressurization is something like power windows. Once you've lived with it for a while, you wonder how you ever got along without it.
With 700 islands, turquoise waters, postcard-perfect beaches, and 55 general aviation airports, The Bahamas is undoubtedly a pilot's paradise. Recently, Plane & Pilot joined the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation on a flying trip to three...
My most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.