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Article: Stop Squeezing Them In

Remember the circus act in which a dozen clowns get out of the smallest car you’ve ever seen drive into the center ring?

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSA

With a tough year behind us and the bright hope of a better economic year ahead, I remembered our recent “Buy Your First Plane” issue and thought about first-time LSA owners.

Article: Screen Savers

Screen savers are a terrific invention—15-20 images of people, places and things that are dear to me rotate through mine like an automated scrapbook.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: The Flight Bag Is A Pilot's Best Friend

Ah, the flight bag. What, in the air-mail days, was a lowly canvas sack into which was stuffed a bedraggled map, a candy bar and a dime for a phone call if the weather got bad has become a cockpit staple.

Article: Headsets: The Critical Component

On a recent cross-country on a busy day in the skies above California, I got a firsthand look into the importance of a good headset, and how a headset that’s good in one airplane might be completely wrong in another.

Article: Aviation Handhelds

Not long ago, handheld devices for in-cockpit use broke down into neat categories: GPS moving-map units kept pilots from getting lost.

Article: Choose Your Own Adventure

So, you just hit the lottery for a half-million bucks (after tax). This sounds like a big deal, except that it’s redundant because your spouse hit it last week for 10 million.

Article: Choosing A Six-Seater

If it’s really true that buyers of four-seat airplanes often buy two seats more than they need, the same may not be true of purchasers in the six-place class. ...

Article: January/February 2011 Readback

On November 10, the FAA certified the Tecnam P2006T, a four-seat piston twin aircraft. Top Stories ...

Article: From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin Class

There exist very few things that I would wake up at 4 a.m. for. An airplane in the lens of my camera happens to be one of them.

Article: The Evolution Of Navigation

For better or worse, I learned to fly in the days when there were still A-N ranges up and running, not many, but a few.

Article: Still Relentless

I can tell you that for one lap prior, the plane never ran so well.

Article: Beware The Downburst

Contrary to the advice that aviation usually allows you to make most mistakes only once, I’ve been fortunate in 50 years of flying to make virtually all the bad mistakes, in some cases more than once.

Article: LSA Buyer's Guide

What a great time to be a pilot! The economy gains traction, Big Tin (Cessna and Piper) flexes its muscles as more Skycatchers and PiperSports find homes across America, and new S-LSA—111 models as we go to press—continue to come on line.

Article: Four-Seater Buyer's Guide

Four-seat airplanes have always been the most popular configuration in general aviation.

Article: Where General Aviation Shines

Shortly after getting my pilot’s license in 1992, I took all of my family members up, one at a time, for an aerial tour of Jacksonville, Fla. ...

Article: The Crosswind Component

Ensuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect

This time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.

Article: Remarkable People

Even though it’s been a few months since coming home and unpacking, getting the Oshkosh adventure totally out of your head isn’t easy.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Challenging Runways

What makes some runways more challenging than others? The length? The wind? What you had for breakfast that morning? What?

Article: 2010 Grab Bag

Get a bunch of pilots together, and the talk will eventually turn to gear. Aviators tend to be folks who embrace technology, or at least the technology that centers on aviation.

Also labeled: Gear, New Products, Pilot Supplies

Article: December 2010 Readback

Light-sport aircraft pilots refusing to tolerate winter flying doldrums have a perfect outing: the first-ever LSA Fly-In to the Bahamas on December 10-12. Top Stories

Article: From The Editor: Homecoming

Ron Mohrhoff speaks about his Bonanza the way most people might speak about their children. “Wow!” he proudly beams on each flight. “This airplane is the best!” ...

Article: For The Birds

I’ve been an accidental student of ornithology for as long as I’ve been alive—and that’s a long time.

Article: Pilot In Command

Being a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.

Article: The Last Time

Number One’s three-blade prop begins to turn-cough-turn. The engine whines, whines, then belches out clots of smoke as the big Wright Cyclone thunders to life. Joe Colmer, 93, feels the rumble through the metal seat.

Article: Advanced-Degree Autopilot

We familiarly call them “George” or “Otto.” But Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot makes a strong case for being called “Doctor” George or “Professor” Otto.

Article: Open-Cockpit Chills

It was discovered last September that my open-cockpit biplane, a Starduster Too, needed an engine overhaul.

Article: Hazards Of Extreme Flying

Ensuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller

Writing for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.