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Pumping avgas and waxing flight school airplanes got Tom into general aviation in 1973, but the lure of racing cars and motorcycles sent him down a motor journalism career heavy on engines and racing. Today he still writes for peanuts and flies for fun.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the angst and what a cost!
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Old airplanes, new pilots.
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BIG: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2019

If the Mojave Experimental Fly-In had a theme in 2019 it turned out to be "big." The planned part of big was Mike Patey arriving...

Indoor Aviating at Mojave

It's taken seven years for us to attend the Friday night glider build and free-flight soaring competition at the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, but this...

Rear Cockpit

Youthful ignorant that I was, it took a few years for me to realize just what a disappointment I presented to my definitely older friend and neighbor when he blurted out mid-conversation, “You’re a dreamer! That’s what you are, a dreamer!” A Greatest Generation pilot, he rightfully wasn’t impressed by my lingering schoolboy imagination, especially […]
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Mojave Tonight & Tomorrow!

Experimental aircraft and their builders are what the Mojave Experimental Fly-In is all about, and it's starting today. Tonight the family-oriented indoor Build &...

Rear Cockpit

Building your future.

Built to Suit

Considering the kit as raw material let John Spratt build an S-20 Raven optimized for his high-country travels.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the fun and half the cost.

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A place for her.

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