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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.

Article: From The Editor: Hangar Home

It was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.

Article: Flying Above Mars

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

Article: Being Resourceful

If one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.

Article: Aviation Taxes 2012

This year has produced quite a few tax law changes that will impact general aviation and the business use of aircraft.

Article: Double Down

I first fell in love with the Cessna 340 when my dad and I stopped at Harris Ranch for a steak salad on our way home from the Bay Area one day. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996",...

Article: Hudson River Adventure

We all know pilots who limit their flights to a hop to a nearby airport for lunch or an occasional pancake breakfast.

Article: Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies

I had just departed Long Beach, Calif., in a Bellanca Viking, headed for the Reno Air Races, when black oil began flowing out of the cowling and onto the windshield. ...

Article: When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous

Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.