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Article: Across The Nile

The Great Rift Valley is one of the biggest...

Also labeled: Features, Journeys, Piston Singles

Article: It's Aerotrekking

Out the window, there’s not a hint of light ...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Cavanaugh’s Flight Through Time

Jim Cavanaugh has a habit of starting small a...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Logbook Love Affair

You don’t have to have lived very long to...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Cowboy Christmas

Champion calf roper K.C. Jones is backing his horse, a brown-and-white paint named...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Refueling The Tacos

From the cockpit jump seat of a 1954 Boeing KC-135...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Bitten By The Viper

This is my “Maverick” moment, so I better not mak...

Also labeled: Features

Article: Bad Girl

There I sat as the consequence of a misunderstanding, watching the ground drop away at a satisfyingly rapid rate.

Article: The Odyssey Of Glacier Girl

1942: A flight of six P-38s and two B-17s departs Sondrestrom Fjord, Greenland, for Reykjavik, Iceland, on their way to the WWII European Theater of Operations as part of Operation Bolero. It’s an ambitious project, initiated by General Hap A...

Article: Flying Is Exercise

Until recently, I was convinced that the only exercise I get is pushing a computer mouse around between trips to the refrigerator (it’s a rule that periods of procrastination can only be...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: The Fascinating North Atlantic

Each summer for the last half-dozen or so, I’ve had the privilege of flying the North Atlantic with one or two clients. Last summer, I made two such round trips, the first in a Turbo Arrow to...

Article: A Chance Meeting

There I was, climbing through 5,500 feet in southeastern Texas, when I had a close encounter with a Boeing 747 named Air Force One. It was closer than I would have liked, anyway. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Gréyjà Vu

Wow! I just returned from the airport where I had to cancel a hop because the clouds were down around 700 feet and ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Weather

Article: Sporting Performances

Speed! It’s the reason that many of us fly. For most pilots, faster is better. I raced stock cars as a kid, ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: “Plane Talk” From Machado

I’ve been privileged to call Rod Machado a friend for the last 20 years. We first worked together during the launch of ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Useless Aviation

Useless aviation. Now, there’s a term you seldom hear. It popped up in an e-mail that was addressed to me last week. The writer, a longtime pilot himself, was explaining that because I’ve chr...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Serendipitous Encounters

We were in the pattern and just in the process of turning downwind from crosswind when the tower said, “Eight-papa-bravo, you’re number two to a Liberator that will be crossing over the airport to...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Recovering From The EAA AirVenture

We had just returned from Oshkosh, Wis., late last night, which is another way of saying that today, I’m going to be nearly useless. There are lots of things to be done, but I d...

Article: No Offense

Exactly what part of the brain controls our egos, anyway? Since I’m not a shrink and simply apply what I’ve seen over a lifetime, I’d have to say that the part that controls our aviation ego is also...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Howard Hughes

This past December 2004 marked the...

Also labeled: Aviation History, Features

Article: Fear Of Flying

Am I the only person in the aviation world who has ever gone through, and still goes through, periods of apprehension when it comes to flying? I can even go so far as to say that I’m maybe even a...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: So Many Types, So Little Time

One of the perks of this job is the chance to fly a wide variety of airplanes. My hours and ratings aren’t anything special, but I’m happy that I’ve been allowed to fly a little of everything at one...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Smarter Than A Tow Bar?

What’s the tennis ball for?” asked one of my students. Almost every one of them ask the same old question. I answered, “That’s one of the IQ tests that came with my hangar. You can’t be issued a...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Young Geniuses

The other night, at the urging of a friend, Marlene and I did something we rarely do: We went to see a band play at a local watering hole (I would have said “dive,” but didn’t feel it...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: First Flight

As one who is sometimes asked to speak before pilot groups, I was struck by a column written by fellow editor, retired airline captain and general-aviation bon vivant Dave Gwinn in the...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Time Flies

As I’m typing this, my little red airplane is in the hos-pital for a 100-hour inspec-tion that is going to cost nearly 1⁄5 of what the air-plane is valued new. Every time the phone rings, it’s anoth...

Also labeled: Columns

Article: For The Birds

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by birds. I remember sitting on the beach during family vacations to Venice, Fla., as a kid of seven through 13, entranced by pelicans in o...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Fences

Yesterday evening, a friend and I were flying across the desert a few miles south of Phoenix, when my fellow pilot asked, “Hey, wanna look at the horses?” A wing dropped, and I found mys...

Also labeled: Columns

Article: Wing Dings

It’s a problem most of us with metal airplanes face at one time or another—dings, those small dents that seem to go hand in hand with owning an aluminum flying machine. Unless you own a...

Also labeled: Columns, Maintenance

Article: The Derelicts

I’ve mentioned them before—those long-dead, thoroughly baked carcasses I taxi past each day that at some time in the past, were airplanes. Now they’re aeronautically shaped mounds of...