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Article: From The Editor: Spreading The Word

While working on this month’s Guest Speaker column, Managing Editor Pam Lee suggested that the reference to Patty Wagstaff mention that the air show star performs annually in front of thousands of spectators. Hundreds of thousands, I countered.

Article: Air Shows As GA Rallying Point

As much of the aviation industry suffered through the effects of the historic economic downturn during the last year, the air show industry experienced double-digit growth and, in some markets, record attendance.

Article: The Paranoia Of Landings

I had been hired to fly a Cessna 340 from Torrance, Calif., to Glasgow, U.K., on an Atlantic tour with the owner in the right seat. The first four days of the trip had gone well. We had departed Torrance, stopped in Denver and made it to Ohio the...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Matchmaking...For Pilots

Webster should put a picture of a human under its definition of “adaptability.” Webster should put a picture of a human under its definition of...

Article: From The Editor: The Wild West

We’re following the map, but as we pull into Lake Isabella’s South Fork boat ramp, Marc Lee and I aren’t sure we’re in the right place.

Article: Pilots N Paws

Like many of you, I’ve owned dogs for as long as I can remember, probably longer.

Article: Listen Up!

All of us will reach a stage in life when we’ve lost or are losing friends (as they slip away physically, mentally or both).

Article: From The Editor: From Bush To Big City, And Way Beyond

Any taildragger pilot will tell you that you can take a Husky out of the backcountry, but you can’t take the backcountry out of a Husky.

Also labeled: Features, People and Places

Article: Blocked Pitot Tubes

The crash of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, during a flight from Brazil to Paris focused attention on pitot tubes, although many people had never heard of them before.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Three From The Heart

Weeks into the New England summer season, which, as of July 4, is more like an extended March, I’m feeling a serious need for some LSA speed. ...

Article: What Recession?

Is Oshkosh ever really over? It’ll be weeks, maybe months, before my mind catches up with my body.

Article: Ferry Flying As A Career?

I receive more e-mail and snail mail from readers about ferry flying than on all other subjects combined.

Article: From Hero To Bum—Almost

It was January 1989, and I had just delivered a new Grand Caravan to Comair in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Article: Life Begins At 40

As of June of this year, I’ve been cranking out this column for 40 years! These are words I never thought I’d hear coming out of my mouth. As of June of...

Article: Profiles In Vision: Dan Johnson

He’s the kind of guy you feel chummy with the first time you meet him. He’s the kind of guy you feel chummy with the first time you meet him. Maybe it’s...

Article: Knowing When To Cancel

The other evening, I got a call from a friend who operates a Piper Navajo for his business. He filled me in on what had happened with a flight from his home airport in the Northeast to Miami, Fla.

Article: From The Editor: When You Least Expect It

Article: 2009 National CFI of the Year

Recently, a VFR pilot flying a Cessna 172 departed after dark in VMC and flew into IMC. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported an electrical failure to ATC, but continued into a thickening blanket of fog.

Article: The Pilot Decides

Each year, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the union representing FAA controllers, honors members who’ve helped save pilots from dangerous situations that might have resulted in accidents.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Ghost Wings

Article: Harry

Article: Singapore By Bonanza

He was...

Article: From The Editor: “Student Pilot, First Solo”

Article: The Proposal

As a dating couple, Brian and I often had to be very creative about finding time to spend together since I’m an airline first officer and Brian is the operations coordinator for Team Oracle. In July 2007, we were happily anticipating a week off that w...

Article: Should You Reset A Circuit Breaker?

Article: Smoke On!

It’s hot in this race plane…even at 1,000 feet…or is it just me? My mouth is dry and my heart is racing as I watch the competitor before me twisting his way through the track. ...

Article: CSI Insurance: Excogitations On LSA Crashes, Part Deux

Article: Glass Half Empty?

Article: Traveling By “Corporate” Airplane

I’ve owned personal airplanes almost since I earned my pilot’s license 43 years ago. I didn’t buy my first airplane, a Globe Swift, specifically for business (in fact, I don’t recall ever flying it in conjunction with a story), but most of the half-do...

Article: They’re Here, Now What?