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Article: Close Calls On The Runways

Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.

Article: Canada By Cub

I’m the kind of guy who’s not scared to try new things. When I would fly my RC plane, I always thought how nice it would be to sit behind the controls and have freedom. ...

Article: Flight Recorder For The Little Guy

I like to think pilots read accident reports out of a sense of self-preservation rather than ghoulish curiosity.

Article: From Mountains To Deserts

With massive tundra tires, a welded tubular steel fuselage frame and seating for five, the tailwheel version of Expedition Aircraft’s bushplane lives up to its formidable name: Bigfoot.

Article: There And Back

I had long aspired to circumnavigate Australia, but time and opportunity had proved evasive until recently.

Article: Midair Over The Hudson

As a result of its investigation of the August 8, 2009, midair collision over the Hudson River, the NTSB says it’s time for the FAA to improve the information it offers to pilots about avoiding collisions.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To Solo

It’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep. ...

Article: Glass Versus Grass(roots)

The contradictions between the Cirrus and my normal ride couldn’t have been more extreme if I had been in the space shuttle.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: (Un)restricted

It was still dark, and Van Nuys tower had just opened when we took off on runway 16R for a right downwind departure toward the Mojave Desert.

Article: SpaceShipTwo Takes Off

I don’t know about you, but for me, flying in space has always been the ultimate goal.

Article: Puerto Rico To Provo

At age 34, I added a flying trip to my dream list. It was a fly-in of 20 planes to Providenciales (nicknamed “Provo”) in the Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of nearly 49 islands and desert cays just 35 miles southeast of the Bahamas.

Article: Stop Squeezing Them In

Remember the circus act in which a dozen clowns get out of the smallest car you’ve ever seen drive into the center ring?

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSA

With a tough year behind us and the bright hope of a better economic year ahead, I remembered our recent “Buy Your First Plane” issue and thought about first-time LSA owners.

Article: Screen Savers

Screen savers are a terrific invention—15-20 images of people, places and things that are dear to me rotate through mine like an automated scrapbook.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Light Sport To Cabin Class

There exist very few things that I would wake up at 4 a.m. for. An airplane in the lens of my camera happens to be one of them.

Article: The Evolution Of Navigation

For better or worse, I learned to fly in the days when there were still A-N ranges up and running, not many, but a few.

Article: Where General Aviation Shines

Shortly after getting my pilot’s license in 1992, I took all of my family members up, one at a time, for an aerial tour of Jacksonville, Fla. ...

Article: The Crosswind Component

Ensuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect

This time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.

Article: Remarkable People

Even though it’s been a few months since coming home and unpacking, getting the Oshkosh adventure totally out of your head isn’t easy.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Homecoming

Ron Mohrhoff speaks about his Bonanza the way most people might speak about their children. “Wow!” he proudly beams on each flight. “This airplane is the best!” ...

Article: For The Birds

I’ve been an accidental student of ornithology for as long as I’ve been alive—and that’s a long time.

Article: Pilot In Command

Being a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.

Article: Open-Cockpit Chills

It was discovered last September that my open-cockpit biplane, a Starduster Too, needed an engine overhaul.

Article: Hazards Of Extreme Flying

Ensuring that there’s a safety margin in everything we do is fundamental to aviation accident avoidance.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller

Writing for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.

Article: Aviation Without A Soundtrack?

The other day, I got yet another nastygram. This one from an individual who had read somewhere that my airplane has no mufflers.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: No Go-Around

When the space shuttle reenters the earth’s atmosphere, it becomes nothing more than a huge glider—with a pretty awful glide ratio—and the shuttle commander gets just one chance to land.

Article: Artificial Speed

It’s probably the most common question I hear at air shows and conventions such as Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, AOPA, NBAA and Reno.

Article: Taking Command Of Your First Plane

It started at Disneyland, holding my daughter Elena’s hand, when my cell phone rang.