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Article: A Conversation With Jerry Chen

Mooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.

Article: Noise Fatigue

As one who has struggled across a few oceans in a variety of single- and twin-engine piston and turbine airplanes, I've been subjecting my ears to a long-term deluge of noise pollution.

Article: Let’s Get The Kids Involved

In keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.

Article: What’s Up With Diesel?

Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.

Article: Planning A Long Cross-Country

As pilots, we're used to planning flights, and we know preparing for all eventualities helps ensure safer and less stressful flights. ...

Article: The Perlan Project

With no form of motive power on the nose or wings, you might expect gliders to have limited altitude capability, but I quickly learned that's not the case. ...

Article: Alaska Adventure

The year was 1867. The price was $7.2 million. The seller was Russia. The prize was Alaska.

Article: There’s A New Bear In Town

I'm one of those strange nutcases who has been flying with dogs for nearly as long as I've been flying, about 45 years.

Article: 50 Years Of Championship Air Racing

At 0800, the engines begin to crank over. The field begins to rumble as the sounds of the props turn.

Article: Katmais And Cubs: A Desert Adventure

Handshakes are offered all around as the early morning quiet muffles discussions about density altitude and engine cooling.

Article: Issues With Oil

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. ...

Article: Canada By PC-12

Last month, I made my first general aviation trip to Canada, as copilot of a Pilatus PC-12.

Article: Beware The Fickle Winds

It was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.

Article: Memories Of Japan

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.

Article: The Making Of The (LSA) Bahamas

The love bite of beguiling trade winds, the rolling slap of crystal, turquoise waters against varnished gunnels and a primal urge to explore magical places can become a sailor's undying passion.

Article: For The Birds

I was delivering a Malibu to Neuquen, Argentina, a few years ago, flying the route we usually take to Patagonia in South America.

Article: The VLJ Market—13 Years Late

New airplanes sell (or don't sell) for a variety of reasons.

Article: Africa Adventure

It all started back in Kenya, spending countless hours sorting out the authorizations that are required to undertake a trip through Africa. ...

Article: Flying The Middle East

I had delivered the Beech Duke to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, five months before on the premise that the airplane might be able to improve rainfall. ...

Article: Big South Fork Airpark

BSFA, which began selling lots in 2008, has several attributes that many pilots and homeowners would likely agree put it in the ideal category. ...

Article: The Forgiving FAA

I called up Flight Watch crossing the Colorado River at Lake Havasu and learned that most of the Los Angeles Basin was rapidly deteriorating toward IFR minimums. ...

Article: There’s Something About Mountains

The Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes. ...

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Article: Islands In The Slipstream

Many things draw people from around the world to the 700 islands that make up the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, off the southeastern coast of Florida. ...

Article: Swap-A-Plane!

You can swap your house, timeshare, antiques and collectibles. So why not swap airplanes?

Article: Flying Alone

Like most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.

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: Idaho Airpark Living

Sometimes, it seems unfair that we pilots have more convenient access to the most beautiful spots in the world than ground-locked souls.

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: Reno Air Races 2012

Early Monday morning under gorgeous Nevada skies, the dark cloud was blown away over the Reno Air Races as the Formula One Class took to the skies. ...

Article: Flying Above Mars

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