I count myself lucky to have flown a large number of airplanes. Most have been standard Piper/Cessna/Beech/Mooney/Commander/Diamond/ Cirrus general aviation machines, all worthy candidates, but occasionally, I strike gold. That was exactly the case a few years back, when a friend called and asked if I had any time in a Pitts. As it happened, more »
Sometimes the cause of a crash is easy to guess at in the early hours. Controlled flight into high terrain in bad weather, a stall/spin on base to final, or a midair collision between two planes are all accidents that give investigators numerous clues to guide the probe. Such is not the case with an more »
Bucket List, the column where Plane & Pilot readers wax eloquent about a wish list item they’ve checked off, is my favorite column in the magazine for several reasons. The biggest is the level of enthusiasm the writers reveal in their tales. It’s absolutely infectious and brings me back to my first flights, when everything more »
The story about the China Airlines captain asleep at the controls has gone viral…for all the wrong reasons. There are really only a few possible interpretations to the story, and only one of them is particularly damning to the pilot. Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, more »
The Wall Street Journal again fails to understand aviation in spinning a tale about the mega-jumbo’s modest production life.
There are life-saving lessons for us light airplane flyers from the recent crash of a Boeing 737 Max. What they are and why we need to learn them, now.
With the widespread availability of envelope protection for light planes, the question has to be asked, how safe are these technologies and how easy is it to disconnect from them in an emergency? Envelope protection got started in light GA in the 1960s, when Mooney introduced its Positive Control, manufactured by Brittain Industries from Tulsa, more »
The Mystery: What is the biggest airplane in the world? Sounds simple, but you hear several different models being spoken about as the “biggest.” Is the term meaningless, or can there be a champ? Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more delivered straight to you! The Backstory: There are more »
The most famous fighter of World War II and one of the best-loved airplanes of any kind ever, the P-51 Mustang has been going up in price for years, driven by a limited stock of them—North American Aviation hasn’t made them for 70-something years, after all. It’s pretty typical for P-51s to go for better more »
The head of the 20th Fighter Wing, Colonel Derek O’Malley, on Tuesday relieved Captain Zoe Kotnik of her command of the Viper F-16 demonstration team, saying in an announcement that the move was “due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command” the team. Kotnik will not fly with the team more »
It’s been a wild and unpredictable half century for arguably the most innovative airliner ever, the Boeing 747. Dreamt up back in the mid 1960s, the double-decker jet burst onto the scene in a way that probably only one other airliner ever has, and that one was supersonic. With the ability to carry more passengers more »
The reports republished here are from the NTSB and are printed verbatim and in their complete form. Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and more! PIPER PA-28-140 Stonewall, Texas/Injuries: 1 Fatal The airplane owner and a mechanic completed the airplane’s annual inspection the morning of the more »
There’s no avoiding it. A big part of our future is remotely piloted. What does it mean to GA as a whole and to you and your risk of midair collision?
A number of previous episodes and reports raise serious questions about the airman’s history and culpability.
You might call the approach to the runway at Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal, challenging, especially if you’re flying on an even modestly windy day. In my case, I went into Funchal in a typical wind event, flying a new Cessna T303 Crusader, a medium twin intended to compete head-to-head with Piper’s wildly successful Seneca. It more »
For Oregon man, this wasn’t the first go around, so to speak.
These gigs offer great pay and rewarding challenges, along with room to grow and learn. What more could anyone want?
There are a lot of people looking at their future who have thought about a career in aviation. Many of those people, maybe most of them, think about aviation in terms of one job: pilot. The truth is, for every person flying a plane professionally, there are hundreds who are working behind the scenes to more »