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Article: Wings In The Wilderness

The runway lights are still on at...

Article: Llamas & Condors

I was at a speaking engagement in Alaska awhile back,...

Article: Sun ’n Fun 2008!

As this column is being written, I’m sitting in an...

Also labeled: Air Shows, Columns, Features, Journeys

Article: Ab Initio Training With A Touch Of Glass

If you were to drive across the country, you could point your car in the right direction and eventually you’d get to your destination, though perhaps not by a straight-line route. Before leaving, you’d need to consult a map to ensure that you’re headi...

Article: Touchdowns: Ever Upward

In the late ’50s, the Air Force...

Article: State Of The LSA Industry

At the 2005 AOPA Convention, barely six months after the first light-sport aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificates were issued, AOPA President Phil Boyer observed, "This has got to be one of the most interesting things you can do: help bring a...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, LSAs

Article: Bad Landings, Egos & Me

I knew it was windy, but it wasn’t that bad. I...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, Safety

Article: Sun 'N Fun

Newly certified in the States, the Toxo Sportster is the first Spanish-built LSA in America. The all-metal FPNA A22 Valor offers an open cockpit and 360-degree visibility. The Brazilian SeaMax is an LSA amphib with a retractable water rudder and short...

Also labeled: Features, Journeys

Article: Getting Out Alive

Few topics in aviation are as popular as...

Article: Capt. Dale “Snort” Snodgrass

Captain Dale...

Article: Backcountry Bash

No way, José. Through the ...

Also labeled: Bush Flying, Bush Planes, Journeys

Article: Super Bowl Super Fly-In

It was Super Bowl morning,...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys

Article: Paws In The Sky

Yes, I’m guilty. The rumors are true. I am one of those...

Article: Pilot Careers 2008

Opportunities for professional pilots are...

Article: The Four Aviation Food Groups

Balanced aviation nutrition is like...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys

Article: Safety—A Tough Sell

Woody was one of those pilots we all thought...

Article: LightHawk: The Truth From Above

Among the earliest things we learned during our initial flying lessons, just after we sorted out the challenge of flying both straight and level at the same time, was that the view of our planet from an aircraft was utterly captivating and that the...

Also labeled: Features, Journeys

Article: Fathers, Sons And Flying

For me, it all began a few thousand feet over some Michigan farmland about 40 years ago. We were somewhere between Detroit and Alpena when my father gave me a heading, told me to keep it straight and level, and then let me grab the yoke. I’ll never...

Article: Passion Breeds Success

Yesterday, as we were taxiing back for yet...

Article: Why Learn To Fly?

Pete runs a dental practice and learned to fly so he...

Article: Gathering Of Mustangs

It’s perhaps the most iconic military airplane in t...

Article: Crewing For Red Bull, Down Under

At the closing ceremonies of each Red Bull...

Also labeled: Air Races, Air Shows, Features, Journeys

Article: Becoming Invisible

Officially, the EAA AirVenture was over. Only a few hours earlier, a voice had boomed over the PA system, saying thanks and come again next year. That was the signal that it was time to return to the real world and normalcy. However, those of us...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Ferry Dogs

D'ja ever try to take two German shepherds flying in a four-seat retractable? It's nearly an impossible mission. Years ago, on a whim, I took my big 120-pound Siberian husky, Kenai, flying in the family Mooney. Though Kenai was in the habit of talking...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Whispers

At first, I wasn’t certain I had heard it. It was a faraway voice, not quite a whisper, and my headset killed the engine noise just enough that I could tell it was there. Had I imagined it? Was I actually hearing it, or was my own mind talking to me a...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: The Columbia STS-107 Accident

All of us in aviation lost seven friends last February. No one can forget the horrifying video of the space shuttle Columbia breaking up in the high sky over northwest Texas. For many of us who love the sky, the image was almost incomprehensible, a...

Article: Setting The Record Straight

Lyn “I’m the boss?” Freeman, Plane & Pilot’s leader (a scary thought, at best) challenged me to put my flight-instructing skills to the test by checking him out in my airplane for an article. I figured, sure. It ought to be fun. I mean, it’s just a...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: The Miracle Of Clouds

Although I’ve made some slight progress in learning to fly during the last 38 years, I’ve never even come close to understanding weather. Naturally, I’ve read Bill Kerschner, Guy Murchie, Bob Buck and a number of other authors on the subject, and I...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Weather Skills

Article: Pitts Specialski

An e-mail that I received said: Report, can I gain the necessary drawings for independent building given plane PITS. Is it Beforehand thanked for answer,Mihail K. An e-mail that I received said: Report, can I gain the necessary...

Also labeled: Aerobatics, Columns, Features

Article: Air Vagabonds

It seems every aviator I know would like to be an international delivery pilot. Each month, I receive more e-mails and letters on the subject of ferry flying than on any other topic, and that’s been the pattern for 20 years. I hear from every segment o...

Also labeled: Books and DVDs, Columns, Features