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Dave travels far and wide as a long-time aviation journalist, so the subject of survival skills—what to pack, how to use it—was never far from his curiously sloping frontal lobes. Because we all tend to focus on the building and test-flying, knowing what to bring on that first long cross-country of the year gets lost like a Cleco in a chip storm.

Something Old, Something New

It's probably just human nature that ogling what's new occupies so much of the attention of so many people so much of the time...

Paradise City: The Few, The Proud, The Very Light

Ahhh, yesss! Paradise City as it used to be, as it should be. Thanks to days of drier weather, smooth winds, blue skies and...

A New Spin on Plane Power

http://www.msquaredaircraft.com/ While this M-Squared ultralight may not look like a Mazda RX-8 sports car, its powerplant does share the same rotary-engine technology, with a single-rotor mill that made five big guys strain to hold it back during a runup test in Paradise City. So power, apparently, isn't lacking.Better still, M-Squared boss Paul Mather (second from left) tells us he's shooting for an engine-and-all price for this machine in the $15,000 range.…

A New Spin on Plane Power

While this M-Squared ultralight may not look like a Mazda RX-8 sports car, its powerplant does share the same rotary-engine technology, with a single-rotor...

Say "Hello" to the Xenon Gyroplane…

KITPLANES' own Amy Laboda took up the opportunity to fly something new in rotorcraft and put to use her gyro rating with a turn...

Thunderbirds Roar at Sun 'n Fun

You want an airshow? You got an airshow. When the skydivers drop in and Old Glory unfurls, you know it's showtime as people gravitate...

Briefing and Flying in Paradise City

Before flight, pilots get their morning briefing for the Paradise City pattern and, as happens, things had changed since last year, necessitating more detail...

Now This Is More Like It…

Now this is more like what we come to Sun 'n Fun to see--an Apollo Fox LSA and a Lucky 2 ultralight lifting...

Show Shopping Without Stopping

Still, not everyone stops and gawks during the afternoon airshow...some get busy and shop to take advantage of the lighter crowds in displays knowing...

Barefoot Flying

A relative newcomer to the U.S. kit aircraft clan, the Sport Air Corsario import from Rio de Janeiro borrows characteristics from other amphibians while displaying a personality and pleasurable flying qualities uniquely its own; by Dave Higdon.

In Case You Missed it

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

How to fabricate sandwich panels, part 3.

Archive: April 1998

On our April 1998 cover was the sleek, motorglider-esque Europa. Actually, not just one...

Aero ‘lectrics

If you need a horn to sound when the airspeed drops below a certain level or when the power is cut and the landing gear is still up and locked, an electronic circuitry solution is the lightest, most reliable and most cost-effective way to go.

What’s New

Meet a new South African import LSA, read news from Jeppesen about updating your Chelton system, and a paint sprayer/respirator combination unit may interest the would-be plane painters among you.