How many prospective aircraft owners would opt for the performance of an experimental homebuilt aircraft if it didn't involve flying an airplane they had to build themselves?
Time flies, and so do I when I'm having fun. Call me a purist, but flying an open-cockpit biplane has always seemed the simplest and most elemental form of aviating. ...
It was a Cinderella story gone bad in 2011 when Piper Aircraft, just one year after plucking the sleek Czech-built CSA SportCruiser from obscurity and rechristening it the PiperSport.
There's a fairly famous photo of a Maule taildragger lifting off and pointing uphill at about a 40-degree pitch attitude.
The patchwork of farms and wetlands disappearing in all directions below made it hard to believe the world's largest gathering of airplanes was being celebrated just a few miles away.
The prognosis for single-engine sales in 2014 remains mixed, but there are signs of improving times.
It seems everyone loves the straight-tailed 36 Bonanza.
From the second the throttle goes forward for takeoff, it's apparent this will be a very different experience.
The T-hangars at Big South Fork Airpark (BSFA), an upscale 450-acre development adjacent to the spectacular Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in northeastern Tennessee, house a fleet as varied and practical as the airpark's property...
Here's one for you: Next year, 2014, the Citabria will be 50 years old.
We cruise along in the sleek, comfy Pipistrel Sinus motorglider on a northwest heading, plying the butter-smooth air at 8,500 feet and 105 knots. ...
How would the fancy SR22 perform on a mountain strip, dueling in the dirt with more rugged distant cousins?
I'm reminded, in every detail, what top-quality, beautifully crafted airplanes this company makes.
The good news for 2013 is that a new model was added to the production ranks late in 2012.
The early morning sunlight glinting off the crystal waters of Lake Pend Oreille (roughly pronounced "pond-o-ray") and reflecting back off our Husky's bright-yellow wing is too much for even my military-spec sunglasses to handle.
For many pilots, speed is the narcotic that attracted them to the discipline in the first place.
Some aircraft change the game. Looking back, designs like the Cessna 172, the Beechcraft Bonanza, Piper Cub, Mooney M20 and a handful of others have changed the way aviators—and outsiders—perceive general aviation.
When you think of dedicated utility airplanes, what's the first machine that comes to mind: a Cessna Stationair, a Cherokee Six, a Cessna Caravan? George Morgan of GippsAero in Moreland, Australia, has a slightly different answer to that question...
Despite what some folks believed was a down economy for piston aircraft, there are still nearly four dozen models on the market, and all 11 manufacturers seem to be standing strong against the recession.
Shortly after I purchased my first airplane in 1968 (a Globe Swift), I shared an executive hangar with a Ryan PT-22 and a Big Yellow Stearman, the latter owned by a retired Pan Am captain.
Back in 1979, I purchased one of the very first Mooney 231s, my first-ever new airplane.
Those of us in the aviation press privileged to review new aircraft are sometimes taken to task for not being appropriately critical.
Learning to fly is, in many respects, simpler than it's ever been.
It’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since Cirrus launched the SR22. It’s doubtful that many people had any idea that, from its humble beginnings in 1984, the company that brothers Alan and Dale Klapmeier built would produce what would become the...
Even nature reserves orange for only the most special of offerings: sunsets, habanero peppers, clown fish and Cheetos. An orange airplane, then, is really something. ...
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings,” wrote Gordon Lightfoot in his wrenching ballad about the sinking of the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, “in the rooms of her ice-water mansions.”
The lady in my life, Pilot Peggy, is in the process of learning to fly.
One of the benefits of writing about airplanes for a living is that I’m often entrusted to fly some truly wonderful machines.