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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.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View

"This is a very dynamic time for the industry, and for Remos,” Ken Weaver, VP of marketing for Remos Aircraft, told me the other day.

Article: Thar She Blows!

Nonpilots often ask me why I spend a good portion of my hard-earned income on flying. Nonpilots often ask me why I spend a good portion of my hard-earned...

Article: Recognizing You’re In Trouble

One of the most important skills for pilots to possess is the ability to recognize when they’re falling behind in an unfolding scenario. Frequently, pilots who fall too far behind experience accidents and are immortalized in NTSB accident reports.

Article: Dream Makers: Everyday Pilots Reaching For The Sky

Dreams of flight are special. They beckon you from your earliest memories, and they’re insistent—always calling you to look up at the sky when an airplane passes overhead, or crane your neck at the nearest airport.

Article: May 2010 Readback

On January 29, the Lindbergh Foundation held a ceremony to formally donate a factory-new 180 hp A-1C Husky to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) at the KWS Wilson Hangar in Nairobi, Kenya.

Article: Favorite Aviation Moments

The other day, I made one of those “out in the morning/back in the afternoon drives” to Los Angeles for lunch with my daughter.

Article: From The Editor: Just Because

"Why would anyone want to go there?” is what a few pilots on the ramp asked when we told them where we were off to. "Why would anyone want t...

Article: Nonflying Aerospace Careers

In past years, we’ve called this section “Nonflying Aviation Careers,” recognizing that not everyone interested in aviation wants to be a pilot. ...

Article: What’s Up With WAAS?

I was fortunate to discover GPS early on. I was on my way to the 1991 Paris Air Show in the one and only prototype Swearingen SJ30 business jet, and had stopped for fuel in Greenland.

Article: 24 Hours: Death Valley

Humans need adventure, stories and new experiences. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard friends talk about the millionth approach to the same old runway, but I still listen because I love to fly.

Article: Top 20 Tips For Buying An Airplane

There’s no feeling that matches that of buying an airplane.

Article: Helping Haiti

It started with an e-mail sent to my partner, Brian Reiff. Bahamas Habitat was looking for pilots with high-performance singles or twins to fly earthquake relief supplies to rural Haiti.

Article: Safety’s Ideal World

In an ideal world, once the probable cause of an accident is identified, there never will be an accident like it again.

Article: From The Editor: Where GA Shines

Since the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January, general aviation pilots have been making an increasingly positive impact in the troubled country; in some regions, GA relief flights are the only way aid is getting through....

Article: Now And Future LSA

Remember those grade-school history-book pictures of Conestoga wagons with “California or bust” painted on their sides? R...

Article: April 2010 Readback

Pilot Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound with his own body.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy

“Minute Man traffic, light-sport one three four X-ray entering downwind for runway three, Minute Man.” “Minute Man traff...

Article: Fear & Preparedness

As he sat in my office and we prepared to leave for the airport after three hours of ground school, he hesitated for a moment, locked eyes with me and said, “Look, I have to tell you something.”

Article: To Korea, With Luck

My buddy Jeff Kopps of the National Weather Service in Monterey, Calif., had predicted headwinds out of Santa Barbara, and as usual, he was right. ...

Article: Buyer’s Mini-Guide To Four-Seat Singles

Traditional wisdom has it that most light airplane buyers purchase two seats more than they need.

Article: Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke

Ever had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?

Article: Flying Into Isla Grande

Growing up in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, I lived at the top of the Hotel Columbus.

Article: March 2010 Readback

In April 2009, Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam unveiled its P2008 high-wing LSA, which combines an advanced carbon-fiber fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator.

Article: From The Editor: It’s Never Too Late

It was typical hangar chatter during a holiday party at the MotoArt facility at Torrance Airport.

Article: The Science, The Art, The Realities

Anyone who has flown for more than 10 minutes has developed an idea of what defines the perfect airplane.