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Article: When Close Friends Get Too Close

One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority. ...

Article: Warbirds And Me

Does any one actually not like warbirds?

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Kenya

I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...

Article: The Way Of Active Winglets

Fortunately, airplanes don't deal much in real mousetraps, but every once in a while, someone comes along and invents a better one.

Article: From The Editor: Sky Therapy

For some, lying on the sofa in a counselor's office is therapy.

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

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: A Visit With Aspen Avionics

On a vast mesa west of Albuquerque, N.M., where the signs of civilization begin to dim, the terrain looks not unlike the surface of Mars.

Article: Learning To Fly: All About Priorities

The big secret in aviation is that just about everybody goes into it because it's more fun than should be legally allowed, and not because it's practical. ...

Article: March 2013 Readback

Arnold Pistorius from Pretoria, South Africa, recently completed construction of his Lancair Evolution in Redmond, Ore. From Oregon To South Africa

Article: The Reno Accident

The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!

Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.

Article: A Career Change

Here's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

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: Clouds

Recently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha

LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.

Article: Adequate Airspeed

We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.

Article: Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?

Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do). ...

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Diamond Aircraft’s Austria Home

It's late August, and it's also Saturday morning of my last weekend in Austria.

Article: When To Abort

Mention the word "abort" to a pilot, and you'll immediately summon visions of every pilot's nightmare— an engine failure on takeoff. ...

Article: December 2012 Readback

Cessna Aircraft announced the first Cessna-owned Citation Service Center in the U.K., located at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. First Citation Service Center In The U.K.

Article: From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left

The crowds at Stead Airport this year proved that the tradition of the Reno Air Races lives on strong, moving forward after last year's accident. ...

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: Chasing Fires

Rush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.

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: Say When

I'm one of the world's luckiest pilots. On occasion, I'm allowed to fly some of the best new airplanes in general aviation.

Article: Amateur-Built Safety

According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The Future

You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.

Article: Trusting Souls

We're about to do some hangar flying under the guise of talking about some of the most trusting people I've ever met in my life.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Garmin’s GDL-39 ADS-B Receiver

One of the truly outstanding benefits of shows such as Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., and AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is that pilots have the opportunity to examine and often get some hands-on experience with many of the latest technologies in avionics....

Article: Consequences Of Mayday

It's a notorious section of the North Atlantic known for high waves and vicious winds. It runs 600 miles from the coast of Iceland southeast past the Faroes and Orkney Islands to Northern Scotland.