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Article: Minutia

As the student settled into the back pit and started to put his headset on, I stopped him and took his baseball hat off his head.

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Article: A Conversation With Jerry Chen

Mooneys have always had a charismatic appeal that seems to transcend their talents.

Article: From The Editor: Five Airplanes, 35 Destinations

Circumnavigating the globe in your own airplane is the ultimate flying adventure, but such a large undertaking comes with challenges of piles of paperwork and local permissions.

Article: Weather And FBOs

I love flying cross-country. It's almost the best part of my work because there's nothing like the freedom of flying a small airplane from coast to coast. ...

Article: Searching For Missing Aircraft

Questions heard with increasing frequency during the first weeks of fruitless searching for Malaysia Air-lines Flight MH370 concerned whether the search would eventually be abandoned, and whether it's possible that we might never know what happened to...

Article: Oh, No! Not More Changes!

I first noticed it when one of our newer controllers, whose voice I didn't recognize, told us we were cleared for takeoff on Runway Tree. Tree? Huh! ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Noise Fatigue

As one who has struggled across a few oceans in a variety of single- and twin-engine piston and turbine airplanes, I've been subjecting my ears to a long-term deluge of noise pollution.

Article: More Alerts For GA Pilots

If your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.

Article: TFRs And The Little Guy

My student was from England. The first hop of the day was normal: from calling ATIS to flying the flight, nothing unusual.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Let’s Get The Kids Involved

In keeping with the bylaws of ethnocentrism, everyone judges the rest of the world by their own standards.

Article: The Memory Of Red Dirt

There's another highway "up there," one in which pilots fly airplanes across great expanses of water and time, across the sharp edges of continents and the less sharp geographical boundaries of politics and countries.

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

Article: When Is A Hobby Not A Hobby?

Maybe it's a personal thing, but to apply the term "hobby" or "pastime" to flying sounds somehow demeaning.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Going The Distance

Being prepared for a cross-country trip is important for a safer and more enjoyable flight.

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

Article: What’s Up With Diesel?

Diesel engines have been around for flying machines since the German rigid airships of the early 20th century.

Article: Upset Recovery Vs. Aerobatics

These days, whenever I pick up an aviation magazine, I catch an article about how important stick-and- rudder skills are in primary flight training. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The LSA Decade

Personal flight has never been quite the same since.

Article: Survivors In The Pattern

I had an emotionally wild and totally unexpected thing happen last week.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Control Failures

Control failures and foreign object damage (FOD) aren't something that GA pilots often think about.

Article: From The Editor: Flying North

Some places were simply meant for pilots. ...

Article: The Perlan Project

With no form of motive power on the nose or wings, you might expect gliders to have limited altitude capability, but I quickly learned that's not the case. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Learn To Fly The LSA Way

No doubt you've heard about the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category and the sport-pilot (SP) rule. Let's take a look to help you decide whether LSA is the right nest for you.

Article: The Slippery Slope Of OSA

By now you know about the FAA's fascination with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing for pilots and controllers.

Article: Nature’s Pilots

I could see sky and roof line where they should have been hidden from sight by branches.

Also labeled: Features

Article: From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot

Spending time with Bob Hoover is an experience that's forever treasured by anyone who has ever had the opportunity.

Article: Ego

On a spring morning several years ago, I was doing touch-and-goes in my Extra, flying the rust off after a long winter, an annual and an engine overhaul. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Prop-Pourri

One of my favorite websites is Gizmag, a kind of Dyson vacuum for all the latest tech/science/gadget newsbits that come at us every day. ...

Article: The Av-World In Which We Live

The fact that we lost Paul Poberezny, founder of the EAA, in August is, by now, old news. Nonetheless, it's still important news to those of us who call sport aviation home.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Sea/Sky Adventure

Five years ago at a desert storage facility, Joe Duke came across a 1954 Grumman G-111 Albatross calling his name.

Article: There’s A New Bear In Town

I'm one of those strange nutcases who has been flying with dogs for nearly as long as I've been flying, about 45 years.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way

Last month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.