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LeRoy Cook

Contributing Editor LeRoy Cook is an experienced journalist with writing credits in just about every aviation publication that counts. He brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to his flight reviews.

Coming Back

Returning to the cockpit after a long absence.

A Quarter Century of Excellence

Zenith Aircraft celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Engine Failure!

Are you prepared?

The Life of a Kit Airplane Factory Pilot

Roger Dubbert has worked for Zenith Aircraft Company since 1993 and has flown over 10,000 demo flights.

Getting High Off Grass

Flying organically with turf runways.

Hand Propping an Aeroplane

Or, an introduction to A Farewell to Arms.

Learning How to Drag Your Tail

Making the transition from trigear to tailwheels.

Down and Locked

Why do pilots forget to put their wheels down?


The Onex is an economical single-seat sportplane that feels like a baby fighter.

Fisher Flying Products

Fisher Flying has been a fixture on the homebuilt scene for 30 years. With a new owner and a new home, the company—whose designs include the classic Dakota Hawk—is ready for a new generation.

In Case You Missed it

Turbine Temptation: Wiring, Avionics and Plumbing

The systems are simple but space is tight, so plan ahead.

The Home Machinist

If you need to send a part out to be built by a professional shop, a good drawing, well identified, is essential. The KISS principle applies, and be sure you don't request closer tolerances or more exotic materials than you really need, or it will cost you.

Why You Should Do Engine Oil Analysis

Engine oil analysis for aircraft is an essential element of long-term powerplant health, for...

2014 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Conventional engines—purpose-built for flight.