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Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To Solo

It’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep. ...

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

Article: Training With A Passion

Aerobatic champion, air show superstar, Red Bull racer—Michael Goulian is all of these. But in his day job, if you will, he’s president of Executive Flyers Aviation, a second-generation flight school founded by his father, Myron, in 1964.

Article: From The Editor: (Un)restricted

It was still dark, and Van Nuys tower had just opened when we took off on runway 16R for a right downwind departure toward the Mojave Desert.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: SpaceShipTwo Takes Off

I don’t know about you, but for me, flying in space has always been the ultimate goal.

Article: I Did It!

On a cool, crisp and calm October morning, I finally took my first solo flight. It was amazing! My journey to this point started almost three years before, in early 2007. ...

Article: Puerto Rico To Provo

At age 34, I added a flying trip to my dream list. It was a fly-in of 20 planes to Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo”) in the Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of nearly 49 islands and desert cays just 35 miles southeast of the Bahamas.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSA

With a tough year behind us and the bright hope of a better economic year ahead, I remembered our recent “Buy Your First Plane” issue and thought about first-time LSA owners.

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Article: From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin Class

There exist very few things that I would wake up at 4 a.m. for. An airplane in the lens of my camera happens to be one of them.

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Article: The Evolution Of Navigation

For better or worse, I learned to fly in the days when there were still A-N ranges up and running, not many, but a few.

Article: Still Relentless

I can tell you that for one lap prior, the plane never ran so well.

Article: Where General Aviation Shines

Shortly after getting my pilot’s license in 1992, I took all of my family members up, one at a time, for an aerial tour of Jacksonville, Fla. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect

This time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.

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Article: From The Editor: Homecoming

Ron Mohrhoff speaks about his Bonanza the way most people might speak about their children. “Wow!” he proudly beams on each flight. “This airplane is the best!” ...

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Article: For The Birds

I’ve been an accidental student of ornithology for as long as I’ve been alive—and that’s a long time.

Article: Pilot In Command

Being a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.

Article: Open-Cockpit Chills

It was discovered last September that my open-cockpit biplane, a Starduster Too, needed an engine overhaul.

Article: Hazards Of Extreme Flying

Ensuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller

Writing for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.

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Article: Managing Risk: VFR Versus VMC

It has been a long day on a long cross-country flight. The weather forecasts have not been very accurate—you’re reminded of a quote from an anonymous wag: "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."

Article: From The Editor: No Go-Around

When the space shuttle reenters the earth’s atmosphere, it becomes nothing more than a huge glider—with a pretty awful glide ratio—and the shuttle commander gets just one chance to land.

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Article: Artificial Speed

It’s probably the most common question I hear at air shows and conventions such as Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, AOPA, NBAA and Reno.

Article: The Heavy Glider

I’m one fortunate aviator. My professional career has coincided with the 30-year flight history of the Space Shuttle program.

Article: We Fly The Space Shuttle (Simulator, That Is)

I always seem to be in the wrong time warp. I was born too late to fly fighters in WWII and too late for the space program.

Article: Taking Command Of Your First Plane

It started at Disneyland, holding my daughter Elena’s hand, when my cell phone rang.

Article: Buyer Beware

You might think that FAA airworthiness, inspection and record-keeping requirements virtually guarantee that any airplane you buy is going to be in superb condition. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Little Airports

Behold the home of the $100 hamburger, the remnants of a life gone by, when linen-covered, nitrate-doped biplanes landed in potato fields and took small-town kids for rides on balmy summer days.

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Article: Demystifying ATC

It seems we all have a story, some event in our lives that brought us into the aviation trade.

Article: From The Editor: Make Your Own Runway

I’ve always admired—and envied—bush pilots.

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Article: Memories Of The Swift

Okay, right up front, in an attempt to stop short any angry letters from Swift owners, I loved my little Swift.

Article: The Power Of Electric Flight

What’s the next big leap in aviation? I think about this stuff all the time.