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Article: The Forgiving FAA

I called up Flight Watch crossing the Colorado River at Lake Havasu and learned that most of the Los Angeles Basin was rapidly deteriorating toward IFR minimums. ...

Article: I Wanna Build...

All of us have curious habits that we'd just as soon have no one know about.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part III

In our first two summaries of LSA pilot opinion, we covered the LSA Who/What/When/Where basics.

Article: 10 Flying Techniques From Great Aviators

One of the great joys of this job is that I've been allowed to interview and get to know some of the most interesting pilots in aviation.

Article: From The Editor: Panhandle Backcountry

Northern Idaho is an adventure pilot's dreamland, with dozens of backcountry strips, stunning mountain flying and sizeable lakes perfect for seaplanes. ...

Article: There’s Something About Mountains

The Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part II

Last month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.

Article: When Close Friends Get Too Close

One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority. ...

Article: Warbirds And Me

Does any one actually not like warbirds?

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Kenya

I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...

Article: Flying Alone

Like most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!

Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.

Article: A Career Change

Here's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Navigating New York

It's some of the busiest airspace in the country. New York Harbor sits right between Class B airports LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, but for VFR pilots it's accessible via the Hudson River Corridor.

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

Article: The Fine Art Of Crashing

Like any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha

LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.

Article: Adequate Airspeed

We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.

Article: Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?

Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do). ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: From The Editor: Fly Low, Go Fast, Turn Left

The crowds at Stead Airport this year proved that the tradition of the Reno Air Races lives on strong, moving forward after last year's accident. ...

Article: Fly Cheap (Or At Least Cheaper)

I have a friend who owns a 36 Bonanza, and though his airplane has always been a dozen or so knots faster than my LoPresti Mooney, he's consistently envied my airplane's lower fuel burn.

Article: Chasing Fires

Rush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.

Article: Amateur-Built Safety

According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Back To The Future

You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.

Article: Trusting Souls

We're about to do some hangar flying under the guise of talking about some of the most trusting people I've ever met in my life.

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Dynon D1 Pocket Panel

Twenty-first-century private pilots benefit enormously from technologies like GPS, WAAS and iPads.

Article: From The Editor: Hangar Home

It was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.

Article: Flying Above Mars

Like most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.

Article: When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous

Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.

Article: Of Porta-Potties And Fields of Yellow

No, let me amend that: It was my 41st to Oshkosh, plus three to Rockford, the last home of the EAA's yearly orgy of all things aerial and wondrous. ...

Also labeled: Columns, Features

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide Open

Something I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)