Mike Patey built this heavily modded turboprop taildragger to show the world what STOL really means. How he created the ultimate fixed-wing helicopter.
What do you get when you put a turbine engine on one of the most versatile of all bush planes? A pretty epic race-winning STOL aircraft, and this year’s winner of the 2018 High Sierra STOL Drag competition. Brainchild of self-taught engineer and successful entrepreneur Mike Patey, Draco is the ultimate backcountry airplane. With its more »
Where the Fire Boss is needed most, there are no runways. So how does this highly-modified crop duster, capable of delivering 800 gallons of water to remote wildfires, secure its H20 cargo? Here’s the scoop: The Fire Boss, a revamped Air Tractor AT-802, stores its water load in about 15 seconds by skimming the surface more »
A highly regarded Florida shop takes 40-year-old Pipers and turns them into dream planes. Here's how it makes the magic happen.
When Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Premier Aircraft Sales introduced its Premier Edition Piper Dakota in late 2017, the company was understandably curious to see how the market would respond. In theory, there would be great interest. The idea was compelling: By taking low-time PA-28-235 airframes and performing an extensive restoration, Premier could offer buyers an airplane more »
Lessons one pilot learned the hard way, hopefully so you won't have to.
It’s probably not all that often that an airplane owner brings their plane in for an annual inspection and leaves with a smile. However, for seven years I was lucky enough to have that experience. During that time, I lived in Delaware, and the shop I used for my annual was located a short flight more »
Here's why those legendary taildraggers from Georgia keep flying out of factory doors.
In an iconic piece of aviation advertising, Belford D. Maule, universally known as B.D., used to tail his demonstrator ship deep into his Moultrie, Georgia, hangar. In a blast of noise and a cloud of dust, he shot out the front door with the nose angling sharply to the sky, the giant “MAULE” letters on more »
Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! When Cirrus Aircraft launched its G6 model last January, I was impressed, and I’m not the kind of pilot to get easily impressed by an SR22. But the G6 was something different. Even with many of its more »
You can save lots of dough doing this common overhaul with a little help from your shop.
Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and much more! When I bought my 1970 Piper Cherokee 180 and the pre-buy and annual were completed, it was time to introduce my wife to our new bird with a short flight around our area. I was hoping to make a good impression. The airplane more »
I’ve become a big fan in recent years of Milan Bristela, the Czech airplane designer who’s behind the shape of a few LSA on the market right now, including the BRM Bristell a carbon fiber sport plane that pushes the limits of the term “sport” with its list of quality (and quantity) of life features more »
At Sun ‘n Fun 2018, Aviat unveiled a number of substantial improvements to the Husky design.
Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for news, reviews and more! When the Aviat A-1 Husky first took wing in 1986, it was a pretty barebones take on the Piper PA-18 Super Cub design. More than three decades later, it’s a lot more than that, as the designers at Aviat have refined the Husky’s design, more »
In conjunction with Plane & Pilot and its other partner companies, SocialFlight’s founder is documenting the coming together of a remarkable amateur-built experimental aircraft kit
Within aviation, the drive to create is infectious, and I caught the bug after my first visit to EAA’s Oshkosh Fly-In back in 1992. I spent the week with eyes wide open, amazed at the number of entrepreneurs and inventors touting new aircraft and technologies in the making. I knew at that moment that my more »
The latest Skyhawk is turbodiesel powered and seriously ready to roll
We turned the corner and crossed the hold short line to the blast off section of Runway 17 in this new Skyhawk we were flying, N688CS. It was my usual haunt, San Marcos, Texas, and the November air was still too warm for late fall, though the stability of the air, luckily, could have been more »