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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.

Article: Living Large

Making the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.

Article: 10 Favorite Fly-in Vacations

There it stood before me: a wall-sized aeronautical chart that measured nearly 10 feet tall and 16 feet wide.

Article: Aerospace Careers Outlook

For the first time since the great crash of 2008, we've heard nothing but optimism (though some of it was cautious) during interviews for our annual aerospace careers feature.

Article: Drinking, Driving And Flying

When FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after being arrested by police in Fairfax City, Va., on a drunk-driving charge, some of my pilot acquaintances were quick to express astonishment at the irony of Babbitt himself likely having to face the...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sebring Impressions

I thought those of you who have never been to an air show, specifically the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, might enjoy a world's-eye view of what it's like to make the pilgrimage every January.

Article: On Getting Short

Getting short" is a familiar old military term: You're coming to the end of your deployment or enlistment, and you don't have much time left before your life will be drastically altered.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: How Low Should You Go?

The indiscretions of youth. It's all too easy to examine stupid pilot tricks and dismiss them as functions of immaturity.