More people give up on their flight training than complete it.
There's a verse that goes: "To be successful, all you have to do is work half a day, and most of the time, you get to pick which 12 hours per day you want to work."
Most aviators have, at some point in their lives, looked at the cloud-like contrails behind high-flying jets, and ultimately yearned to one day be flying in the flight levels.
With recent news of declining new-aircraft sales, it's pretty clear that we may be in it for the long haul when it comes to a full economic recovery. ...
Air shows are magnificent aerial productions. Performers travel from far to put on a display of skill, showmanship and passion for aviation. ...
Flying is expensive. In fact, recent initiatives by the FAA and AOPA list the cost of flying as one of the reasons people either opt not to learn to fly, or stop taking lessons once they start.
Once upon a time in aviation, studying for the written and practical exams was anything but easy or convenient. Most likely, you'd sign up for ground school ...
In American Indian lore, the coyote is a mythic totem, known variously as the prairie wolf, God’s dog and the trickster.
We all know "those" kinds of pilots: They never bounce, are always down in the first few hundred feet, and put it on slicker’n a squashed gopher (I dare you). ...
Like the pendulum on a giant grandfather clock, the availability of aviation jobs goes back and forth in giant, lazy swings.
One of the most basic tenets of journalism is that we're all either the beneficiaries or the victims of our sources.
No rating in aviation carries more mystique and prestige than the instrument rating. Sure, the ATP is a pinnacle of sorts, but for most pilots, the instrument rating is the big jump that separates professional pilots from their more casual brethren....
I’m weaving my Bell Jet Ranger helicopter through the labyrinthine Hong Kong skyline.
We all know about TBO (Time Between Overhauls or Time Before Overhaul), and we put money aside—mentally, if not in fact—for engine work with every flying hour, because major work is inevitable.
The year’s first major aviation show, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, went off swimmingly, if a mite frigidly in January, with good attendance, thanks to show organizer Bob Woods and his friendly volunteers.
In the seven years since FAA created the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) category, even with economic woes, nearly 2,000 LSA now grace America’s skies. ...
While we’ve yet to see any device that can completely replace paper charts, the latest version of FlightPrep’s ChartBook comes very close—at least in daylight. ...
Aerobatic champion, air show superstar, Red Bull racer—Michael Goulian is all of these. But in his day job, if you will, he’s president of Executive Flyers Aviation, a second-generation flight school founded by his father, Myron, in 1964.
All of us have things in our lives that make us uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of terrorizing us. As kids, it’s what’s hiding under the bed. ...
Hello, can I schedule a lesson for Friday afternoon? No? You don’t have an airplane available?
I’m meandering along a quiet perimeter road at Clermont County Airport near Batavia, Ohio, on a frigid morning.
Melanie Endsley never set out to become a jet pilot. “The plan was just for me to take some safety pilot lessons since I would be flying with a pilot friend in his jet,” explains Endsley.
Since our review of the Flight Guide iEFB in “Top 20 iPad Apps” [September 2010], we have taken a much closer look at this iPad app.
Ah, the flight bag. What, in the air-mail days, was a lowly canvas sack into which was stuffed a bedraggled map, a candy bar and a dime for a phone call if the weather got bad has become a cockpit staple.
On a recent cross-country on a busy day in the skies above California, I got a firsthand look into the importance of a good headset, and how a headset that’s good in one airplane might be completely wrong in another.
Not long ago, handheld devices for in-cockpit use broke down into neat categories: GPS moving-map units kept pilots from getting lost.
So, you just hit the lottery for a half-million bucks (after tax). This sounds like a big deal, except that it’s redundant because your spouse hit it last week for 10 million.
If it’s really true that buyers of four-seat airplanes often buy two seats more than they need, the same may not be true of purchasers in the six-place class. ...
What a great time to be a pilot! The economy gains traction, Big Tin (Cessna and Piper) flexes its muscles as more Skycatchers and PiperSports find homes across America, and new S-LSA—111 models as we go to press—continue to come on line.
Four-seat airplanes have always been the most popular configuration in general aviation.