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. ...
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.)
This year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.
On April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.
Although the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.
However, it often appears as if the most "interesting" vehicles require the most difficult dance moves to get into them.
The Lindbergh Foundation was created in 1977 to carry on the spirit of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh by providing grants to projects that foster new and environmentally friendly technology.
Many of us have had this happen at one time or another.
In an upcoming issue, you'll find my feature story about the harrowing experience of Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine as they rode a BRS airframe parachute canopy into the water near the island of Andros in the Bahamas.
I just discovered an important fact of life: dreams don't die.
Pilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.
It's a fact: Pilots love to share their flying stories. Good landings, bad landings and everything in between.