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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.

Article: Air Race Accidents

The death toll quickly rose to 11, including the pilot with about 70 injured.

Article: Of Knowledge, Experience And Regulations

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.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Something For Everyone

"I fly for food," was Dick Rutan's good-humored and modest response when I thanked him for flying the photo flight.

Article: The Nature Of Clouds

In my part of the sky—at least, the part I watch most often—we don't see many clouds.

Article: Coast-To-Coast

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.

Article: Instructing The Instructor

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....

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Snowmobile Engine...NOT!

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....

Article: Fire In Front

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. ...

Article: Coast-To-Coast Javelin

Pressurization is something like power windows. Once you've lived with it for a while, you wonder how you ever got along without it.

Article: From The Editor: It’s Better In The Bahamas

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...

Article: Flying Fifi

My most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.

Article: Fuel Imbalance

Most pilots know what it feels like when an airplane is wing heavy because there's more fuel on one side than the other.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Part II

Last month, you met Chris Dillis, who took the "friendly clubhouse" atmosphere common to European VLA (very light aircraft) flying and brought it to his own LSA startup in Denver.

Also labeled: Features, Journeys, LSAs, Pilot Talk

Article: A Personal Journey

The green fields, most looking as if you could land a 747 on them, stretched off into the distance, where they became low, gently rolling hills. ...

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Maverick Has the Ball

To commemorate the centennial of naval aviation, Plane & Pilot Publisher Mike McMann and I journeyed to Naval Air Station Lemoore. We spent our day with strike-fighter squadron VFA-122, at the controls of an F/A-18 simulator, on a hangar...

Article: The Thrill Of Solo

I'd like to say I remember my first solo experience as if it happened only yesterday, but in truth, yesterday was a long time ago, and the memory isn't that vivid. ...

Article: Safe Turnarounds

Over the years, I've made frequent mention of a controversial number: "safe turnaround altitude."

Article: The Ted Stevens Accident

The NTSB says cockpit recorders might have helped shed better light on exactly what happened in the accident in which former U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The success of the long-running Cheers TV show, I’m convinced, came in no small part from the seductive lines in that great theme song that so well captured the spirit of the show.

Article: Oshkosh By Any Other Name

Yeah, I know: It’s officially AirVenture. But to a lot of folks, the name just hasn’t clicked.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot

More than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes took part in the annual aviation mecca that is EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

Article: The Value Of Corporate Time

Back in November 2008, when the CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors flew to Washington to ask for a government bailout, congressmen made much of the fact that the executives had all used corporate jets for the trip.

Article: A Whole New Flying World

A fellow pilot once asked, "How long does it take to check out on skis?"

Article: Broken Brakes

Not too long ago, I was looking forward to an hour or so of poking holes in the sky in a Piper Cherokee 180.