Things aren't looking good at 6 a.m. on Monday, the morning my wife Theresa and I have planned a 10 o'clock departure from Hanscom Field, our home base near Boston, on the first leg of the trip of a lifetime to California and back.
This is Angel Flight. It's a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions or other compelling needs.
In 1966, teenage brothers Rinker and Kernahan Buck bought an old Piper PA-11 Cub for $300, rebuilt it in their parents' barn in New Jersey, then flew it across the United States in a near-mythic odyssey.
Inside the fortified walls of Old Québec looms Château Frontenac, towering over narrow cobblestone streets and the immense St. Lawrence River. ...
As pilots, we're used to planning flights, and we know preparing for all eventualities helps ensure safer and less stressful flights. ...
In terms of careers in the aviation industry, all the attention has been focused on regional airlines and the hand-wringing as the supply of pilots is drying up. ...
Personal flight has never been quite the same since.
The year was 1867. The price was $7.2 million. The seller was Russia. The prize was Alaska.
No doubt you've heard about the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category and the sport-pilot (SP) rule. Let's take a look to help you decide whether LSA is the right nest for you.
It was almost surreal standing on the ramp and realizing that the flight I had just finished began two years before it finally happened. ...
One of my favorite websites is Gizmag, a kind of Dyson vacuum for all the latest tech/science/gadget newsbits that come at us every day. ...
Last month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.
Handshakes are offered all around as the early morning quiet muffles discussions about density altitude and engine cooling.
There's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time. ...
Last month, I made my first general aviation trip to Canada, as copilot of a Pilatus PC-12.
Jon Hansen has been a major player in the LSA movement since it was merely a twinkle in the FAA's eye.
I knew I was in for a special treat when I received Doug Rozendaal's message.
For many sport aviation-industry watchers at this year's Aero trade show—it's the annual European bash right after our Sun 'n Fun—the star attraction was Peter Funk's magnificent FK51 Mustang.
The love bite of beguiling trade winds, the rolling slap of crystal, turquoise waters against varnished gunnels and a primal urge to explore magical places can become a sailor's undying passion.
Roaming through the expansive winged carnival that is the annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, I fairly marvel each year at how much changes from visit to visit—and how much doesn't.
One more thing: She just earned her sport-pilot wings. And she did it all from a wheelchair.
A leading aviation magazine recently ran a story that proclaimed the LSA industry as a "segment in critical condition."
In our first two summaries of LSA pilot opinion, we covered the LSA Who/What/When/Where basics.
Last month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.
Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.
Sometimes, it seems unfair that we pilots have more convenient access to the most beautiful spots in the world than ground-locked souls.
LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
It's late August, and it's also Saturday morning of my last weekend in Austria.
Early Monday morning under gorgeous Nevada skies, the dark cloud was blown away over the Reno Air Races as the Formula One Class took to the skies. ...
You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.