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Article: When Close Friends Get Too Close

One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority. ...

Article: Kenya

I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...

Article: Fly-In With A Purpose

It was called the Aircraft Spruce Annual West Coast Super Sale and Fly-In, and it was definitely a different kind of marketing event.

Also labeled: Fighter Jets, Pilot Supplies

Article: From The Editor: Sky Therapy

For some, lying on the sofa in a counselor's office is therapy.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Flying Alone

Like most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.

Article: The Patriots

I've always wondered what pilots of the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and Snowbirds do once their military gig is up.

Also labeled: Adventure Flying

Article: A Visit With Aspen Avionics

On a vast mesa west of Albuquerque, N.M., where the signs of civilization begin to dim, the terrain looks not unlike the surface of Mars.

Also labeled: Avionics, Features, Pilot Supplies

Article: Learning To Fly: All About Priorities

The big secret in aviation is that just about everybody goes into it because it's more fun than should be legally allowed, and not because it's practical. ...

Article: The Reno Accident

The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!

Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.

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

Article: From The Editor: Navigating New York

It's some of the busiest airspace in the country. New York Harbor sits right between Class B airports LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, but for VFR pilots it's accessible via the Hudson River Corridor.

Also labeled: Columns, Pilot Talk

Article: The Fine Art Of Crashing

Like any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.

Article: Idaho Airpark Living

Sometimes, it seems unfair that we pilots have more convenient access to the most beautiful spots in the world than ground-locked souls.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha

LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.

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

Article: Adequate Airspeed

We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.

Article: Diamond Aircraft’s Austria Home

It's late August, and it's also Saturday morning of my last weekend in Austria.

Article: From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left

The crowds at Stead Airport this year proved that the tradition of the Reno Air Races lives on strong, moving forward after last year's accident. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)

I have a friend who owns a 36 Bonanza, and though his airplane has always been a dozen or so knots faster than my LoPresti Mooney, he's consistently envied my airplane's lower fuel burn.

Article: Chasing Fires

Rush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.

Article: Reno Air Races 2012

Early Monday morning under gorgeous Nevada skies, the dark cloud was blown away over the Reno Air Races as the Formula One Class took to the skies. ...

Article: Amateur-Built Safety

According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The Future

You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.

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

Article: From The Editor: Hangar Home

It was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk

Article: Flying Above Mars

Like most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.

Article: Being Resourceful

If one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.

Article: Hudson River Adventure

We all know pilots who limit their flights to a hop to a nearby airport for lunch or an occasional pancake breakfast.

Article: Golden Angel

There's only one Cub, just as there's only one Wright Flyer, Joe DiMaggio or Golden Gate Bridge.

Article: When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous

Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide Open

Something I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)

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

Article: From The Editor: Cubbin' Around

This year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Pilot Talk