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Article: Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!

My friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.

Article: Getting Back Into It

Yeah, I got my license, but then I got married, had a couple of kids and got engrossed in building my career, so I didn't fly for a long time. ...

Article: July 2012 Readback

The Cirrus Vision SF50 personal-jet program is fully funded through certification and initial production, thanks to a major investment by its new owner, CAIGA. Cirrus Vision Jet: Full Speed Ahead

Article: From The Editor: Backcountry In Style

It was the perfect mission of exploring Moab—Utah's popular base for national parks such as Arches and Canyonlands—and the perfect airplane, a Pilatus PC-12 that can land just about anywhere and carry just about anything.

Article: Improving On A Good Thing

Just as airplanes such as the straight-tail Beech Bonanza and Piper Super Cub have become pre-eminent in their respective classes, the Cessna 210 has enjoyed a similar reputation as an aviation icon.

Article: A Pilot’s View

We're 45 minutes out of Daytona Beach bound for Key West on a summer evening. Viewed from our altitude, the sun has just begun its dip below the horizon, leaving us in muted daylight as darkness settles across the land below.

Article: 20 Things You May Not Know About Night Flying

To that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.

Article: 70th Doolittle Raiders Reunion

The USS Hornet's radio operator intercepted a message in Japanese at 07:45; its origins were close. Just earlier, SBD Dauntless aircraft that had launched off the USS Enterprise had spotted a small Japanese fishing vessel, and then later flew...

Article: ADS-B Weather In The Cockpit

More than 15 years ago, I found a public-domain app for the late, lamented Palm VII (one of the first pocket-sized wireless digital gizmos) that would let me call up NEXRAD weather radar graphics.

Article: Doing Good With General Aviation

Aviation is the greatest science known to man simply because every other mental discipline comes into play each time an aircraft takes flight.

Article: Precision Flying

Precision and approximation: These are contradictory terms that, when applied to flying, have more to do with the pilot's mind-set than they do with skill. ...

Article: Perception

I'm constantly asked about my unique line of work as an air show pilot, "Do you get dizzy?" or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly?" But probably the question I'm most asked is about fear—"Aren't you afraid when you're diving toward the ground?"...

Article: Aviation In The Key Of Gee Whiz

The other day, we were discussing magazines, writing, flying and other major food groups of life, and I referred to the kind of wordsmithing I've always done as "Gee-Whiz Journalism."

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Dan Johnson

Dan characterizes the Big Picture this way: The market has spoken. LSA are here to stay.

Article: Helpful Suggestions

Aviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.

Article: The Maine (Seaplane) Event!

Caught up in something of a busman's holiday, I'm shooting so many images that I rip through one 8 GB CompactFlash memory card after another.

Article: More Sun, More Fun!

Last year: tornados and wrecked airplanes. This year: sun. Way sun. What a glorious week. Temps in the '80s. Refreshing breezes everyday. Billowy cotton-ball clouds and only one minor afternoon thunderstorm.

Article: The Race For Ratings

One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.

Article: Aviation Apps

It's hard to believe that the iPad was introduced just in 2010. With an estimated 60 million iPads sold since Apple introduced it two years ago, no other device in history has influenced our world the way this clean little tablet computer has.

Article: From The Editor: Cross-Country Sophistication

Whether you fly the coastal route or choose California's Central Valley, the flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco is a spectacular one—and it's even more spectacular if you happen to be in a new 2012 Cirrus SR22.

Article: June 2012 Readback

The Redbird Skyport fleet has expanded with the addition of a new, customized Piper PA-44 Seminole delivered at Sun 'n Fun. Redbird Skyport Adds Seminole

Article: From Soccer To Cessna

How do you top an unforgettable trip to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa? Throw in a Cessna 182 and a dozen exotic locations in four countries, and voilà! ...

Article: Setting The Selector

If you've flown a variety of aircraft, you know that some designers decided to make it awfully difficult to see for sure which fuel tank or tanks you've selected. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: To Dream, To Live

Jan Hercek got his flying start the way a lot of us did back then: in an old Rogallo-style hang glider.

Article: Mechanical Addiction

I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing, but a couple of months ago, I hit 5,000 hours of Pitts dual-given (most of it in the pattern). ...

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Birds Of A Feather

We're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.

Article: A Part 142 Flight Review

Like so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.

Article: Let's Go To Jamaica, Mon!

When more than 500 of the same type of airplane are sold, it stands to reason that some of these aircraft owners are going to meet and get to know one another. ...

Article: May 2012 Readback

An evolution of the Rotax 912 engine, the new Rotax 912 iS engine from BRP utilizes a modern fuel-injection system and digital engine control unit to ensure optimal fuel and air mixture at any altitude, lower operating costs and CO2 emission reduction....

Article: Flying The World’s Biggest Single-Engine Biplane

One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.