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Roy Beisswenger

Roy Beisswenger
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Roy Beisswenger is the technical editor for Powered Sport Flying magazine (www.psfmagazine.com) and host of the Powered Sport Flying Radio Show (www.psfradio.com). He is also a Light Sport repairman and gold seal flight instructor for Light Sport Aircraft as well as the United States delegate to CIMA, the committee of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) pertaining to microlight activity around the world.

Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Understanding gyroplane nosewheels. By Roy Beisswenger.

2014 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

Essential knowledge for choosing and flying Experimental rotors. By Roy Beisswenger.

Light Stuff

Identity crisis-whats in a name? By Roy Beisswenger.

Light Stuff

Freedom from airports: takeoffs off and landings where there aren’t normal runways. By Roy Beisswenger.

Light Stuff

Sport Pilot rules make it possible to fly a powered parachute or flexwing trike at night, but make sure you have the right equipment.

Light Stuff

The rules around Letters of Deviation Authority are labyrinthine, which helps explain why they are relatively rare. But the problems could be—and should be—corrected through a few regulatory changes. By Roy Beisswenger.

Light Stuff

In an aviation segment where rentals are generally not an option, acquiring your own aircraft may be the way to go. There are deals to be had, if you know where to look. By Roy Beisswenger.

2013 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

If flying a rotorcraft is your goal, this is a great time to start exploring your options—there’s been growth in this segment, and even more expansion is on the horizon. By Roy Beisswenger.

Light Stuff

The 2012 World Paramotor Championship provided an excuse for a trip to the mountains of Spain, and an opportunity to see the world’s best in action. Roy Beisswenger helped judge the proceedings (and seemed to be the only American there).

Light Stuff

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to aircraft—all that really matters is creating the flying experience you want to have. By Roy Beisswenger.

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