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Article: Nature’s Pilots

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

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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.

Article: Aerobatics, Judgment And Stupidity

A few minutes ago, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a Cirrus accident caused by attempting to do a roll at 200 feet.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Issues With Oil

I bought my first airplane, a Globe Swift, from a retired petroleum engineer and A&P mechanic who had lavished hundreds of hours on his airplane. ...

Article: From The Editor: Cross-Country Cubbing

If you've ever flown around the Southwest U.S., then you know of its immense vastness and beauty.

Article: Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria

When Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.

Article: Oshkosh ‘13

For me, the most amazing thing about Oshkosh '13 (per usual, I can't bring myself to call it AirVenture) is that this was number 45 for me. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way

There's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time. ...

Article: From The Editor: Flying Two Engines

ATP Flight School is the largest flight academy in the country, excelling at training flight students for professional airline careers.

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: 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.

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: Maybe There’s Still Hope

One of the more common conversations around the water cooler these days concerns our younger generations and how they have trouble seeing past their iPads and cell phones to the world beyond.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

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.

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.

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: 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.

Article: Akro At The Beginning

This is because I have yet to enter a decade that, in one way or another, wasn't a Golden Age, including this one.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Engine Loss: How Will You React?

We don't want it to happen, but it can. An engine loss will cause surprise and denial, so you need to be mentally prepared with a plan of action. ...

Article: Turbine Matters

So far, the flight was going well, but I couldn't shake the feeling that things were going almost too well.

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.

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: Surviving Ramp Check

Willits, Calif., is one of those happy getaway locations that pilots love.

Also labeled: Features, Pilot Guide

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. ...