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Article: From The Editor: When Weather Gets In The Way

Each cross-country flight is an adventure, but when things don't go as planned, it doesn't have to become a misadventure.

Article: Low Level By Columbia

What had begun as a simple, 4,500 nm, late-winter ferry flight in a capable airplane had deteriorated to an ignominious retreat.

Article: Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My Life

While working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant, I met and married the owner of CP Aviation, Clay Phelps.

Article: The Journey Or The Destination?

Air shows are magnificent aerial productions. Performers travel from far to put on a display of skill, showmanship and passion for aviation. ...

Article: Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For Less

Flying is expensive. In fact, recent initiatives by the FAA and AOPA list the cost of flying as one of the reasons people either opt not to learn to fly, or stop taking lessons once they start.

Article: Takeoff Mistakes: The Critical Minute

Tom Willett was regarded as a natural. A former USAF navigator, Willett had become one of Globe Aero’s most reliable international ferry pilots.

Article: June 2011 Readback

At Sun ’n Fun, American Legend Aircraft introduced their new Super Legend, the latest in their lineup of two-place sport aircraft. Top Stories

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Scoping The Numbers

Every year about this time, I like to catch up with Mike Adams, the ever-helpful Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company, to take a gander at LSA accident trends.

Article: How Tight Is Tight?

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Destination Unclear

The little Piper PA-22 lifts off in a fraction of the runway at Council (K29), 60 miles east-northeast of Nome in western Alaska.

Article: Jack

We were somewhere in the middle of the desert heading for my daughter's when my cell phone rang.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Saddling Up A Colt

It's not the biggest, strongest or fastest stallion in the paddock. But the spirited two-place Piper Colt PA-22-108 serves as a perfect mount for pilots seeking a trusty, uncomplicated steed over a high-strung, pricey thoroughbred.

Article: Inspiration To Africa

During World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).

Article: When Not To Go

There's a sign-in guestbook in the pilot's lounge at Avitat in Bangor, Maine, that contains the names and missions of most of the international ferry pilots who have come through here in the last 30 years.

Article: From The Editor: Cross-Country

No matter how much you love to fly, 14 hours of flight in one day is a long time. That's how long it took Cirrus pilot Matt Bergwall and me to return to California from Sun 'n Fun.

Article: The Best Of Books And Training Kits

Once upon a time in aviation, studying for the written and practical exams was anything but easy or convenient. Most likely, you'd sign up for ground school ...

Article: Robinson In The New Era

In American Indian lore, the coyote is a mythic totem, known variously as the prairie wolf, God’s dog and the trickster.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0

"If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad,” goes the ancient saying, “then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”

Article: I Do It Because...

"I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The Air

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Always A Student

Would today be the day? I had been taking lessons for several weeks, and I knew that one day soon, my instructor Andy would get out of the airplane, and let me fly solo. I had even worn a special T-shirt for the last three lessons, with the hope that...

Article: May 2011 Readback

In a milestone development, Cirrus announced that Cirrus Aircraft will be sold to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA). Top Stories

Article: From The Editor: Super Owner

Michelle Kole wasn’t sure what kind of airplane she wanted to own.

Article: There’s No Such Thing As Tailwinds

I know what some of you may be thinking. Bill Cox has finally gone off his rocker.

Article: From Spitfires To Mosquitoes

During World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).

Article: Greasing It On: 20 Tips To Get ’Er Done

We all know "those" kinds of pilots: They never bounce, are always down in the first few hundred feet, and put it on slicker’n a squashed gopher (I dare you). ...

Article: Pilot Outlook 2010-2029: A Shortage Looms

Like the pendulum on a giant grandfather clock, the availability of aviation jobs goes back and forth in giant, lazy swings.

Article: Immerse Yourself!

No rating in aviation carries more mystique and prestige than the instrument rating. Sure, the ATP is a pinnacle of sorts, but for most pilots, the instrument rating is the big jump that separates professional pilots from their more casual brethren....

Article: Cub Butt

The contradictions between the Cirrus and my normal ride couldn’t have been more extreme if I had been in the space shuttle.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The Navigator

It’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.