Four seaters remain popular in the new-plane market with their mix of roominess and economy. And today’s models add a lot of extras pilots of decades past could never have dreamed of.
For decades, the most popular GA planes have been four seaters. That hasn’t changed. The reason is easy. Most owners want more room than you get in a two-seater, but they don’t need that much more room. A four-seater fits the bill perfectly. While few of these planes travels regularly (or at all) with all more »
The three-day outback escape to the high country of remote Nevada is like nothing you’ve ever seen before
Great ideas sometimes take on a life of their own, and make no mistake: The High Sierra Fly-In is a great idea. The three-day event, which takes place annually on a remote dry lake bed in Nevada called Dead Cow Lake (we kid you not), got done with its long weekend of shared aviation insanity more »
Why the fastest normally aspirated piston single in the skies is also the best non-turbo Mooney ever
We were getting a leisurely start to our Wednesday, as I trimmed up the plane and settled back in my seat, watching the surf-sandy central California coastline slide by to our right and the Channel Islands, hazy blue in the morning Pacific haze, 20 miles out across the sound, drift behind us on the left. more »
Do you know the manufacturers of these aviation doppelgängers?
Can you identify the manufacturer of each unusual plane below? Be careful! Many of them often get mistaken for different aircraft. Looking for more ways to test your aviation knowledge? Check out our Quiz Archives!
Beautiful Mustangs from some of the world’s greatest air-to-air photographers
If you were to ask a representative sample of American pilots to name a handful of beautiful airplanes, the North American P-51 Mustang would be on almost everyone’s short list. I know because I’ve been asking that question for years now. What makes an airplane beautiful—for that matter, what makes anything or anyone beautiful—is largely more »
A roundup of the new autopilots that are changing the retrofit game
Over the past couple of decades, we’ve come a long way in understanding the nature of the risk we face when flying, especially when flying in instrument conditions, and the role that automation can play in that overall risk picture. We’ve also realized the importance of recognizing where a pilot’s performance might fall short and more »
This potentially do-it-yourself job can make starting your engine so much easier
You know the sound. You get in your vehicle, put the key in the ignition, turn the key, and hear the starter turn over in a slow, ow, ow, ow growl…until it dies. You have a dead battery, and you need a jump to get going. So you jump it. Once you have it started, more »
The Mooney Ovation Ultra we flew for this report is the 2017 certification model. It features the Garmin G1000 NXi with integral keypad, GFC700 digital autopilot, dual solid-state attitude and air data sensors, traffic and terrain awareness utilities, Garmin ESP envelope protection, Garmin ADS-B In and Out, Sirius XM weather and entertainment, and more. Price more »
Our inaugural recognition of the best new planes of the last 12 months
Here are the winners of the 2017 Plane & Pilot Plane of the Year, but before announcing the winners, a few words about what this is and how it happened. Once upon a time, it was easier to assemble of field of contenders, what with the slow rate of new airplane introduction we’ve seen these more »
We recently asked you, our readers, for some help filling the last spot on our list of the ten most beautiful general aviation airplanes around. The response was amazing, but left us with a bit of a problem—tallies for the top four most-voted-for planes—the Piper Aerostar, Rockwell Commander, Piper Comanche and Spartan Executive—were too close more »
We recently published our list of the nine most beautiful planes in GA history, leaving it one short of a Top Ten so you, our readers, could nominate the final plane in the list. The response to our call for your nominations was phenomenal. And after tallying the hundreds of votes we received by email more »
We go through the process step by step and look at five popular options for owners on a budget and for those with a budget
Sometimes getting around to doing something isn’t as much a matter of planning or decisiveness as it is pure circumstance. Such was the case for me when I got the message that it was time to do some transponder work on my vintage Cherokee. Like many VFR pilots, I request flight following whenever I fly more »
When CubCrafters of Yakima, Washington, built a Light-Sport Aircraft version of the classic Cub design and installed the industry’s most powerful engine, it resulted in the company selling a lot of planes. It’s still selling a lot of planes. It’s not the only LSA maker selling what are often referred to as Cub clones. There more »