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Article: Beware The Fickle Winds

It was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.

Article: One Trip, 85 Suitcases

Flying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there. ...

Article: Fab Fall Mini Roundup

Our latest offering of gadgets and goodies to carry you through your holiday season and sugar plum-fairy fantasies.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…

We're shooting the breeze inside the big, brand-new 80x80-foot hangar they've just completed—at their very own country airport.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, LSAs, Pilot Talk

Article: Historic Replicas

Aviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.

Article: 10 Best Pilots

Who's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?

Article: From The Editor: Oshkosh Highlights

EAA AirVenture can't be adequately explained in words. It's an awe-inspiring event that needs to be experienced firsthand.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: It’s What’s Up Front That Counts

I was speaking to a group of pilots a few years back when one of them asked about a story I wrote a decade before on the London-to-Sydney Air Race.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: War College

I was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.

Article: Oshkosh Adventure 2013

Oshkosh AirVenture is the alpha and the omega of U.S. air shows.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Hansen Family Values

Jon Hansen has been a major player in the LSA movement since it was merely a twinkle in the FAA's eye.

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

Article: Engine-Out Landings

If I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing. ...

Article: Shut Up And Fly

At a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.

Article: From The Editor: An Unexpected Visit

The destination for our eight-ship of warbirds was Rapid City, S.D., but it wasn't looking good.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Memories Of Japan

It was late December, and I had been stuck in Guam for five days, waiting for a stubborn typhoon to move out of the way between America's westernmost territory and Japan.

Article: To Honor & Inspire

I knew I was in for a special treat when I received Doug Rozendaal's message.

Article: Owners’ Analysis: Eclipse, Mustang & Phenom

Pilot reports can only tell you so much. Back in the glory days of aviation, when the industry was selling 18,000 units a year, manufacturers used to provide airplanes to magazines for several days or even a week for evaluation.

Article: Pilots Popping Pills

I recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Europe’s Disneyland For Airplanes

For many sport aviation-industry watchers at this year's Aero trade show—it's the annual European bash right after our Sun 'n Fun—the star attraction was Peter Funk's magnificent FK51 Mustang.

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

Article: The Making Of The (LSA) Bahamas

The love bite of beguiling trade winds, the rolling slap of crystal, turquoise waters against varnished gunnels and a primal urge to explore magical places can become a sailor's undying passion.

Article: From The Editor: The Diverse World of LSA

Today's light-sport market boasts 131 ASTM-certified airplanes and is as diverse as it has ever been.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: For The Birds

I was delivering a Malibu to Neuquen, Argentina, a few years ago, flying the route we usually take to Patagonia in South America.

Article: Wings To Fly

My name is Peter Pretorius. My life began in November of 1959 when I entered the world as a healthy seven-pound boy.

Article: Mind Over Matter

We can't be flying all the time, though some would prefer it. I admit I'm a lousy spectator.

Article: Disney's Planes Takes Off

On August 9th, Disney will debut their new animated film, Planes.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View

Roaming through the expansive winged carnival that is the annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, I fairly marvel each year at how much changes from visit to visit—and how much doesn't.

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

Article: Safety Alerts

Rather than just hand-wringing at the inability of general aviation to bring its accident rates in line with those of the scheduled airlines, the NTSB is trying to cajole and educate pilots and others who might have some influence.

Article: The Art And Science Of Formation Flying

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be flying in close formation with another airplane, seeing the tiniest movement of an aileron, the heat curling from the exhaust? ...

Article: From The Editor: Extreme Flying

It's a story of deserted beaches, do-it-yourself runways, a wildebeest migration, fee negotiations, active volcanoes and two highly modified Super Cubs. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: The VLJ Market—13 Years Late

New airplanes sell (or don't sell) for a variety of reasons.