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Article: Upgrade Your Plane! Part III

When purchasing an aircraft, the selection criteria usually relate to mission capabilities such as seating capacity, speed, range, weather capabilities, etc. Consequently, the first engine-related decision that most aircraft owners make comes at TBO...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze

Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight into LSA flight training in America. Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight...

Article: Danny’s Dream

Why would any kid want to do that?” That was the social worker’s response to my offer to take any child flying for free—that is, any child who was a patient at the local cancer center for children.

Article: Upgrade Your Plane! Part II

While having a modern, state-of-the-art panel may be a dream, this is no dream article. Given today’s economy, we’re taking a practical look at the best real-world solutions for getting maximum functionality without having to sell a kidney for fin...

Article: Muffler Inspection

If you were to make a list of the most fun and glamorous aspects of flying, I’d bet that inspecting an aircraft’s muffler wouldn’t be on it. ...

Article: Be A Great Pilot!

The sheer enormity of the subject is a little intimidating. You probably could name several thousand characteristics of a “good pilot.” The she...

Article: The Grandfather They Only Thought They Knew

A few minutes ago, I finished reading an official document in which a gentleman I knew, a lawyer, had put himself up for questioning by another lawyer.

Also labeled: Columns, Journeys, Pilot Talk

Article: Speed Is Life

As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I’m most often asked is “How fast would that SR-71 fly?” I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend.

Article: Caravan To Seoul—The Prequel

If you saw Jurassic Park, then you may remember the scene where Jeff Goldblum describes chaos theory as a mathematical discipline where the results of any given problem are never totally predictable, no matter how carefully conditions are...

Article: Kings Of The Sky

"So what are they like in person?” is the first question my pilot friends ask when I tell them I’ve spent a day with John and Martha King, the well-known founders of King Schools.

Article: LSA Ownership—Condo Style!

I love this concept of sharing ownership in an aircraft, new or used. Last month, I delved into David Kruger’s Aircraft Partnership Association (www.theapa.com), a type of online matchmaking service t...

Article: Air Capital Tanker Chase

As a flight test engineer for the Boeing Company assigned to Wichita, Kans. (“the Air Capital”), I’m among the fortunate people who truly love their work. ...

Article: Sweet Dreams

If the NTSB had its way, the FAA would be gauging whether or not you’re having sweet dreams and sleeping through the night cuddled up with your teddy bear. ...

Article: Upgrade Your Plane! Part I

From time to time, Plane & Pilot embarks on a proverbial aircraft-upgrade project and chronicles the progress for the enjoyment and edification of readers.

Article: The Checkride Chronicles

Who’s the judge beside you in the cockpit, deciding whether you’re worthy of receiving aviation’s highest honor (a license to learn)? Hopefully, it’s someone who’ll make your entry into the world of aviation less than turbulent.

Article: From The Editor: Spreading The Word

While working on this month’s Guest Speaker column, Managing Editor Pam Lee suggested that the reference to Patty Wagstaff mention that the air show star performs annually in front of thousands of spectators. Hundreds of thousands, I countered.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: The Character Of Risk

It’s no news to most pilots that we recently lost Vicki Cruse, president of the International Aerobatic Club. What was almost certainly a control failure caught her in the worst possible position, and I can’t get her out of my mind.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Air Shows As GA Rallying Point

As much of the aviation industry suffered through the effects of the historic economic downturn during the last year, the air show industry experienced double-digit growth and, in some markets, record attendance.

Article: The Paranoia Of Landings

I had been hired to fly a Cessna 340 from Torrance, Calif., to Glasgow, U.K., on an Atlantic tour with the owner in the right seat. The first four days of the trip had gone well. We had departed Torrance, stopped in Denver and made it to Ohio the...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, Pilot Talk

Article: The Steve Fossett Accident

The NTSB says the probable cause of the 2007 crash of adventurer Steve Fossett was an inadvertent encounter with downdrafts above mountainous terrain that exceeded the climb capability of the Bellanca Super Decathlon he was flying. Downdrafts,...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Matchmaking...For Pilots

Webster should put a picture of a human under its definition of “adaptability.” Webster should put a picture of a human under its definition of...

Article: The Little Runway That Started It All

People often associate memorable flights with a particular aircraft or airport. Others subscribe to the notion that the journey is more important than the destination.

Article: Top Mistakes In Convective Environments

Deep, moist convection, better known as thunderstorms, are the nemesis of all aircraft, big or small. Avoidance is mandatory. Deep, moist...

Article: P-51 At Twenty One

As the fighter taxis by, the sound of 12 hot-water Merlins crescendos, crackles and pops as the early-morning sunlight glistens off the silver paint highlighting the name Glamorous Glen III—the markings of Chuck Yeager’s Mustang from the 357th Fighter...

Article: From The Editor: The Wild West

We’re following the map, but as we pull into Lake Isabella’s South Fork boat ramp, Marc Lee and I aren’t sure we’re in the right place.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk, Columns

Article: Pilots N Paws

Like many of you, I’ve owned dogs for as long as I can remember, probably longer.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, Pilot Talk

Article: Listen Up!

All of us will reach a stage in life when we’ve lost or are losing friends (as they slip away physically, mentally or both).

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, Pilot Talk

Article: My Secret

I have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the aviation community. I have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the...

Article: Backstage With A Rock Star

“Rock star.” It’s a phrase you frequently hear when talking to Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft in Los Angeles, Calif. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"108329",...

Article: From The Editor: From Bush To Big City, And Way Beyond

Any taildragger pilot will tell you that you can take a Husky out of the backcountry, but you can’t take the backcountry out of a Husky.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Talk