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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.

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.