Going Direct: FAA Okays Retrofit Of Non-Certified Avionics In Certified Airplanes

Going Direct: FAA Okays Retrofit Of Non-Certified Avionics In Certified Airplanes

The FAA on Wednesday took the historic step in advancing the cause of safety in light GA and in adding immeasurably to the value of the used fleet by okaying an avionics solution that’s unlike any in the history of the agency. The news? On Wednesday, the EAA, which spearheaded the campaign, announced that the more »

Going Direct: Here’s An Idea: Drop-In Replacement Diesels

drop-in replacement diesels

I know there’s a need for a new fuel for piston engines, because there remains a need for piston engines. This will probably always be the case, but it’s an accident of history that it is. The development of four-stroke gasoline engines came, not coincidentally, in tandem with the rise of the airplane. It’s not more »

Going Direct: The Madman All Pilots Should Thank

If you’re a GA flyer like me, you owe a lot to this guy, who’s got your back when it comes to the FAA. There’s one person in aviation who’s responsible for a lot of great things happening for almost every GA pilot in the United States, regardless of what you fly, where you fly more »

Going Direct: Wait A Minute: What Won The Collier Award?

The prestigious award has had some odd twists and turns lately. This year included. Chances are that you won’t really care much who the winner of the prestigious 2015 Collier Trophy is, because the award, presented each year for an achievement in aeronautics or aviation was once again for a space program, in this case more »

Going Direct: Zombie Bill: ATC Privatization Not Really Dead Yet

Will gridlock save the world’s best ATC system from the worst intentions of Washington? A few days ago, the threat of the federal government privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system seemed dead, at least for this year. Last week the proposal, which would have funded the FAA for the next year while introducing a more »

Going Direct: A Word On The New Plane & Pilot

Why the “Pilot” part of the title means everything to us As the big re-launching of this title approaches, I’d like to ensure our loyal readers that the essential nature of Plane & Pilot will not be changing. We have always been a brand that focuses on the flying experience, as seen from the left more »

Going Direct: 5 Reasons That ATC Privatization Is Bad . . . And Unethical

The proposed giveaway by Congress to the airlines is unprecedented and bad news on all counts. Here are five reasons to demand action. Proof that getting Congress to write aviation regulations is a twin-edged sword is the latest FAA reauthorization bill, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act (H.R. 4411), making its slithering way more »

Going Direct: Privatize ATC? And Other Colossally Bad Ideas.

The FAA reauthorization bill rises to absurd heights of legislative overreach When the house committee responsible for coming up with the legislation that would once again reauthorize the FAA (as though we don’t know in advance that we’re going to be needing it again in a few years?), it came back with a massive, 275-page more »

Going Direct: Coming in May: Plane & Pilot Announces Big News

Details on major changes coming soon In two months, with the May cover date, we’ll be launching the new Plane & Pilot. In that premier issue, just about everything about the magazine will have changed, while, somewhat paradoxically, all the important things will remain the same. The new magazine will feature award-winning authors, illustrators, and more »

Going Direct: The Soul Of LSA Shines At Sebring

What a whacky, wonderful collection of light planes teaches us about regulations and economics After a down year in 2015, this year’s edition of the Sport Aviation Expo is looking strong. Held in the aviation friendly Central Florida town of Sebring, famous for its winding Grand Prix race track (which was very noticeably in use more »

Going Direct: Star Wars Was Apparently Made By And For Pilots

At the risk of spoiling the fun for you, I’m about to talk about the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, as well as another less well known film about flying. In case you’ve been off scavenging star cruiser parts on Jakku for the past few weeks, let me warn you now that I’m more »

Going Direct: A Historic Aviation Deadline is Passing . . .

The Small Airplane Revitalization Act Is Almost ready…what happened to it? Today is one of the most important days in the history of American general aviation. In theory, it is anyway. So in theory…hooray? Today, December 15, 2015, marks the deadline that the government gave itself for issuing a final rule for the law known more »

Going Direct: Stop Reporting On Records For Youngest Flights!

There might be little hope for the mainstream press, but aviation titles should know better. I shuddered when I scanned down the page of the popular aviation publication’s newsletter, and my eye fell upon an item that shouldn’t have been there. It was the story of a woman, a private pilot, who was training to more »

Quick, say “Octodecacopter”…and Welcome the Future

It’s premature if not off the point to say this exotic, beautiful prototype will be the death of the helicopter. I will flat out make a prediction: a whole new type of flight is here…and it will change everything…and I mean everything about how we fly. I was musing the other day, while catching up more »

RV12s, Hot Off The Griddle!

Put on them bibs, pardners, if you’ve got an appetite for one of the tastiest S-LSA out there. Last year, Vans Aircraft came out with its Signature Series, an even dozen pre-built SLSA.  They were built by Vans kit builder support company Synergy Air of Eugene, Oregon. Now I’m not trying to set you up more »

Skycatcher: To Be or to Be, Not

A story posted by Daniel McCoy, a reporter for the Wichita Business Journal, claims the star-crossed Cessna 162 Skycatcher will likely not enjoy the longevity and success of other notable Cessna icons such as the C-172 and C-150/152. The Skycatcher was one of the first SLSA out of the gate for the new category created more »

Freakish Oshkosh Weather Continues!

Yes, Airventure fans, it’s been fair, mild, low humidity, refreshing, beautiful weather…all descriptors none of us is used to using in the same sentence with the words Oshkosh and summer. It’s been a delight not to drop with exhaustion at the end of a long day slogging around the miles of paths and thousands of more »

The Big O Photo Jam

In the wee and foot-throbbing hours after wandering the highways and byways of the vast Oshkosh Airventure showgrounds all day, here’s a taste of some of the cool things encountered so far from my abbreviated visit – my 32nd year in attendance since 1981…and every year brings new wonders and old friends: threads of gold more »