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Article: Splash In

For two days each September, the shores and skies of the quaint Central California town of Lakeport are taken over by the Clear Lake Splash-In. ...

Article: August 2010 Readback

A specially equipped Flight Design CT Supralite is being used by the Duesseldorf Technical University’s Department of Volcanology to measure volcanic ash and assess problems for airliners. Top Stories

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Boris Popov

A few weeks ago, I came within a second or two of a head-on mid-air collision. A few weeks ago, I came within a second or two of a head-on...

Article: From The Editor: Music To Fly By

First Titanic, then Avatar. Now the Horsemen. Renowned composer James Horner has taken his musical talents from Hollywood’s big screen to the world of aviation.

Article: The Courtesy Attitude

I don’t normally rant. But this might be an exception. Or at least I’ll clamber onto my ever-present soapbox to make a point.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: Zen & The Art Of Airplane Flying

I’m one of those apparently strange folks who believe that flying is an easy skill to learn. No, that’s not because I do it so well.

Article: Sharing The Passion

Aviation and flying have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Aviation and flying have been an...

Article: Mustang Mystique

As I lower myself into the rear cockpit, I pinch myself. No, I’m not dreaming. I really am in a WWII P-51D Mustang, about to ride with the Horsemen, the world’s only P-51 aerobatic team, known for their hyperprecise formation aerobatics.

Article: Best LSA

The light-sport aircraft industry hangs in there, although sales numbers, as with general aviation, still struggle to gain safe altitude in the stormy economic skies ...

Article: An Aviator’s Best Friend

Fifty years ago, I stood at the edge of space and jumped. This year, Felix Baumgartner of Austria plans to make a jump from the edge of space, but from a height that’s 20,000 feet higher—an altitude from which no human has ever successfully completed a...

Article: A Pure Form Of Flying

It was a beautiful spring day, and I was a newly minted CFI full of confidence and enthusiasm.

Article: Monitoring What’s Going On

Individuals who have passed their FAA written exams and practical tests don’t necessarily have the knowledge and skills to become trustworthy pilots. ...

Article: Stretching Your Wings

One of the most popular phrases in general aviation is “license to learn.”

Article: From The Editor: Contrails & Cubs, Gear & Gators

The last time we visited with John and Martha King, they were flying the new Cessna Skycatcher for a series of light-sport instructional DVDs. Recently, we caught up with them in something on the other end of the speed spectrum—their Dassault Falcon 1...

Article: Of Baby Girls & Aeroplanes­

Does your mind ever wander, unable to think about any one thing in particular? Instead, your thoughts are unfocused, and your mind is mentally channel-surfing, leafing through memories, lingering for a few seconds and then flipping to a new memory, a...

Article: Memories Of Alaska

Once or twice each summer, I slip into the right seat of an airplane and help a pilot fly to an exotic destination, most often across the Atlantic from North America to Europe.

Article: The Myth (Almost) Of Tailwinds

It was late March 1994, and I was waiting for wind—again. Mooney Aircraft had loaned me a new TLS in January so I could set several world records flying between Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Fla.

Article: 10 Top Products

Year in, year out, up economy or down economy, enterprising aviation entrepreneurs always find new and exciting ways to get our juices flowing and our checking accounts draining.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Gold Stars & Black Stars

About a year ago, I asked Mike Adams, Avemco Insurance Company’s VP of underwriting, to use his crystal ball (FAA and Avemco accident and claim statistics) to divine trends in LSA flying.

Article: July 2010 Readback

Tecnam Twin FAA Certified The P2006T Tecnam Twin, which made its U.S. debut at 2009 EAA AirVenture, has received FAA certification. Top Stories

Article: The Chicago Air & Water Show

As a lifelong Chicago-area resident, I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Air & Water Show several times.

Article: Analyzing Pilot Performance

NTSB investigators were able to assemble plenty of data to reconstruct what happened on board the Colgan Air Bombardier DHC-8-400 that crashed at Clarence Center, N.Y., on February 12, 2009.

Article: Putting The Adventure Back In Aviation

“Adventure”—now there’s a word that’s open to interpretation. In fact, the phrase “adventure aviation” may seem redundant to most people because aviation itself usually is seen as an adventure.

Article: From The Editor: Choose Your Own Adventure

I loved Choose Your Own Adventure “gamebooks” when I was young.

Also labeled: People and Places, Pilot Talk

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Reading The Tea Leaves

Partway through the year, as the economy continues to show signs of recovery, I wanted to look down the road and ask someone who keeps a keen eye on the LSA industry if there were significant trends to track for the rest of 2010.

Article: Plastic Pilot License

My new plastic pilot license showed up in the mail the other day, and this is what I think: I don’t like it.

Article: Cowboys & Angels

As we approach from the north, over the deep lapis Caribbean Sea that surrounds a crescent shore, Haiti suddenly appears. At 4:53 p.m.

Article: Stamp Out CFIT

It was mid-1977, and I had been assigned a story on the first production model of a new twin.

Article: June 2010 Readback

Evektor-Aerotechnik Company of the Czech Republic is celebrating its 40th anniversary. More than 1,000 Evektor aircraft fly in over 40 countries worldwide. Top Stories

Article: The Most Affordable Singles

While our last buyer’s guide [“Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat Singles,” P&P April 2010] included a smorgasbord of new airplanes, this one deals with used aircraft and draws from an even wider field.