Last month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.
The program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation. ...
A few minutes ago, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a Cirrus accident caused by attempting to do a roll at 200 feet.
I bought my first airplane, a Globe Swift, from a retired petroleum engineer and A&P mechanic who had lavished hundreds of hours on his airplane. ...
One of the best things about being a pilot is we can choose where we live, especially aerobatic pros who like to live close to their work. ...
If you've ever flown around the Southwest U.S., then you know of its immense vastness and beauty.
When Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.
For me, the most amazing thing about Oshkosh '13 (per usual, I can't bring myself to call it AirVenture) is that this was number 45 for me. ...
There's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time. ...
ATP Flight School is the largest flight academy in the country, excelling at training flight students for professional airline careers.
It was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.
Flying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there. ...
We're shooting the breeze inside the big, brand-new 80x80-foot hangar they've just completed—at their very own country airport.
Aviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.
One of the more common conversations around the water cooler these days concerns our younger generations and how they have trouble seeing past their iPads and cell phones to the world beyond.
EAA AirVenture can't be adequately explained in words. It's an awe-inspiring event that needs to be experienced firsthand.
I was speaking to a group of pilots a few years back when one of them asked about a story I wrote a decade before on the London-to-Sydney Air Race.
I was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.
Jon Hansen has been a major player in the LSA movement since it was merely a twinkle in the FAA's eye.
If I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing. ...
This is because I have yet to enter a decade that, in one way or another, wasn't a Golden Age, including this one.
At a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.
The destination for our eight-ship of warbirds was Rapid City, S.D., but it wasn't looking good.
It was late December, and I had been stuck in Guam for five days, waiting for a stubborn typhoon to move out of the way between America's westernmost territory and Japan.
I recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006. ...
For many sport aviation-industry watchers at this year's Aero trade show—it's the annual European bash right after our Sun 'n Fun—the star attraction was Peter Funk's magnificent FK51 Mustang.
Recently, I asked the owner of an airplane for his physical address, and he said he didn't have one.
Today's light-sport market boasts 131 ASTM-certified airplanes and is as diverse as it has ever been.
I was delivering a Malibu to Neuquen, Argentina, a few years ago, flying the route we usually take to Patagonia in South America.
We can't be flying all the time, though some would prefer it. I admit I'm a lousy spectator.