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Article: Flying Fifi

My most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.

Article: Fuel Imbalance

Most pilots know what it feels like when an airplane is wing heavy because there's more fuel on one side than the other.

Article: 100 Years Of Naval Aviation

He did so in a 60 hp Curtiss Model D, which was constructed from spruce, bamboo and doped linen, and had a maximum speed of 43 knots. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"108329",...

Article: From The Editor: Maverick Has the Ball

To commemorate the centennial of naval aviation, Plane & Pilot Publisher Mike McMann and I journeyed to Naval Air Station Lemoore. We spent our day with strike-fighter squadron VFA-122, at the controls of an F/A-18 simulator, on a hangar...

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Article: The Thrill Of Solo

I'd like to say I remember my first solo experience as if it happened only yesterday, but in truth, yesterday was a long time ago, and the memory isn't that vivid. ...

Article: Safe Turnarounds

Over the years, I've made frequent mention of a controversial number: "safe turnaround altitude."

Article: The Ted Stevens Accident

The NTSB says cockpit recorders might have helped shed better light on exactly what happened in the accident in which former U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The success of the long-running Cheers TV show, I’m convinced, came in no small part from the seductive lines in that great theme song that so well captured the spirit of the show.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, LSAs, Pilot Talk

Article: When Airplanes Collide: Avoiding The Unexpected

It’s ironic that most general aviation pilots consider a possible engine failure as their greatest fear.

Article: 30 Ways To Make Your Pilot Certificate Sizzle

I’m still amazed when I land. I sometimes sit in the cockpit, as the gyros wind down and the prop clicks to a stop, and wonder at the magic of it all. ...

Article: From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot

More than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes took part in the annual aviation mecca that is EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: The Value Of Corporate Time

Back in November 2008, when the CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors flew to Washington to ask for a government bailout, congressmen made much of the fact that the executives had all used corporate jets for the trip.

Article: Pressure’s On...Or Is It?

It's 95 degrees, and sweat is dripping down my face. The box suddenly seems impossibly small.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Gag Reel

To help with my recent write-up on what's great about owning and flying LSA, I had the pleasure to jaw with several owners, from teachers to pleasure flyers. ...

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Article: Piper Cub Heaven

On an overcast, humid June day, I top a high dike built to prevent the Susquehanna River from flooding William T. Piper Memorial airport.

Article: Backcountry Odyssey

We're threading our way through the majestic Teton Pass—a flight of four Aviat Husky aircraft and a pristine, Yakovlev Yak-52

Article: From The Editor: Over Water

It never seems to matter what headset I'm wearing—when I'm flying over a large stretch of water, I can hear every single sound that the engine makes. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Should We Rely On GPS?

Ido some post-maintenance test flying for a Cessna 300/400 shop in Long Beach, and a month or so back, I got a call to fly a 421 just coming out of an annual inspection. ...

Article: Battle Over Frigid Seas

Aviation has always been a part of my life, but only recently has it become my profession. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"495443", mediaType_mediaID:"video_1609639", width:"420",...

Article: Sharing General Aviation

Working for Uncle Sam in Naples, Italy, prevents me from often seeing my family in the U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision, Randall Fishman

In 2007, a man no one in aviation had ever heard of walked onto the field at Oshkosh, strapped himself into a motorized hang-glider trike and took off. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, Pilot Talk

Article: From The Editor: Moving On Up

As pilots, we're constantly looking to challenge ourselves and learn more about flying.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Lightning!

Perhaps the most active thunderstorm area of the world is Darwin, Australia.

Article: Excellence In Execution

I've dedicated my entire adult life to the art form of air-show flying.

Article: Getting A Few Winks

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt led the outcry of indignation when news broke that the lone controller on the overnight shift at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington had fallen asleep

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies Again

Weird, cool, authentic, bizarre, eccentric, spectacular: so begins my Adjective Hit Parade to describe the Criquet Storch.

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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.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

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: 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.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, LSAs, Pilot Talk