After going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
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. ...
All of us have curious habits that we'd just as soon have no one know about.
In our first two summaries of LSA pilot opinion, we covered the LSA Who/What/When/Where basics.
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.
Northern Idaho is an adventure pilot's dreamland, with dozens of backcountry strips, stunning mountain flying and sizeable lakes perfect for seaplanes. ...
The Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes. ...
Last month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.
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. ...
Does any one actually not like warbirds?
I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...
Like most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.
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.
Here's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?
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.
Like any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.
LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
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.
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). ...
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. ...
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.
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.
According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.
You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.
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.
Twenty-first-century private pilots benefit enormously from technologies like GPS, WAAS and iPads.
It was Plane & Pilot's home for a week: a luxury three-bedroom house with an attached hangar, right next to a runway.
Like most pilots, I've been a major fan of the space program since long before there was one.
Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.
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. ...