People and Places
One of the most common questions I get has to do with the most unusual aircraft I've flown.
I thought those of you who have never been to an air show, specifically the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, might enjoy a world's-eye view of what it's like to make the pilgrimage every January.
It's not only general aviation that faces a pilot shortage.
I'm constantly amazed that the constants of aviation usually aren't.
Pilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.
There was one specific moment when I knew I had made the right decision to join an aircraft partnership.
New movements can take awhile to root in the public consciousness.
Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.
It's that time of year! Spring be sprung, or nearly so; if a blanket of frosty white lurks beyond your window, have faith—the end is near.
As it prepares to celebrate its 28th anniversary, ATP has grown into one of the largest and most highly respected professional flight-training academies in the world. ...
Having travelled south down the east coast of Africa, our return route would be north up the west coast and center on a 4,900-mile journey to Ibiza, Spain. ...
My flight student Matt Rickman and I departed Southern California for Illinois at the end of June, just as summer thunderstorms began to pummel the Midwest. ...
I first heard about Amelia Earhart three years ago on Facebook. The new Amelia Earhart, that is.
One of the most common questions I get about flying the oceans is, "How do you stay awake on a 10- to 15-hour leg?" My standard answer is, "Consider the alternative."
We all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
There's nothing like being able to walk out your back door to your hangar and into your airplane," says Spruce Creek, Fla., resident Jack Hirn, summing up the number-one reason that the residential airpark lifestyle captivates pilots of every stripe....
This contemporary Earhart is re-creating one of the legendary aviatrix's flights: the leg from Oakland, Calif., to Miami, Fla., where she announced her ill-fated, round-the-world attempt in 1937.
I'm still learning to fly. Even three decades after earning my private pilot certificate at 17, I'm still a student pilot, and I'm okay with it. ...
Welcome to Slovenia, and let's raise our glasses to setting your goals too high.
The death toll quickly rose to 11, including the pilot with about 70 injured.
"I fly for food," was Dick Rutan's good-humored and modest response when I thanked him for flying the photo flight.
In my part of the sky—at least, the part I watch most often—we don't see many clouds.
The faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.
Last summer, I was sitting on a beach thinking about my upcoming 50th birthday.
We're skimming low over the Atlantic Ocean, some 80 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale. Below us is a giant marble—brilliant glass with swirls of every shade of blue and green you can imagine, and flattened so it stretches as far as the eye can...
Naw, it's got a snowmobile engine, I'm not flying one of those!" Odds are, if you've hung out a bit with experienced GA pilots, especially those who have plied the skies on personal wings for a while, you've heard that about the Rotax aircraft engine....
According to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires. ...
Pressurization is something like power windows. Once you've lived with it for a while, you wonder how you ever got along without it.
We thought we were doing something really clever when we came up with the "10 Sexiest Airplanes" idea. It wasn't until we delved into making up the list that we came face-to-face with the need to define the term "sexy."
With 700 islands, turquoise waters, postcard-perfect beaches, and 55 general aviation airports, The Bahamas is undoubtedly a pilot's paradise. Recently, Plane & Pilot joined the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation on a flying trip to three...