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Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines

In an upcoming issue, you'll find my feature story about the harrowing experience of Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine as they rode a BRS airframe parachute canopy into the water near the island of Andros in the Bahamas.

Article: Sharing The Sky

Although birds will take evasive action to avoid us, and lights can make us more conspicuous, there are times when their and our best efforts aren't good enough. ...

Article: Dreamin’

I just discovered an important fact of life: dreams don't die.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Staying Healthy

Pilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.

Article: August 2012 Readback

On April 18, The Airplane Factory received its S-LSA Airworthiness certificate for the first Sling LSA (N511NG). Sling LSA Certified!

Article: From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!

It's a fact: Pilots love to share their flying stories. Good landings, bad landings and everything in between.

Also labeled: Columns, Photography, Pilot Talk

Article: Turbines vs. Pistons

A friend stopped by my hangar a while back on a rainy Saturday with an interesting question.

Article: East Coast By LSA

Being obsessed with flying ever since I could walk, I had my eyes set on becoming an airline pilot.

Article: Cockpit Cameras

As pilots, we always want to tell everyone about our latest flying endeavors, whether it's a cross-country adventure or our best-ever landing. ...

Article: The Joys Of Summer

It was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.

Article: The Ultimate Choice

It was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.

Article: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Over the years, you've no doubt heard urgings from various government agencies to always pay careful attention to the weather when you're in flying mode. ...

Article: It’s More Than Just An N-Number

The other day at the hangar, we were talking about how many times I've rebuilt my airplane: twice for the engine, twice for the fuselage and once for the rest of the airframe, which included re-cover and painting.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

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.