In-Flight Weather: Practice for Survival

This was going to get ugly. Crossing southern Louisiana in the middle of the afternoon in late May is never pretty. Today was going to...

The One True Airspeed

True airspeed is coy. It hides behind the more obvious speeds who tart themselves up with a meaningless facade. It’s never overt. It makes...

On Getting Dark

Tyrants make memorable flight instructors, a good thing when the lessons being imparted need remembering. And I must say, my primary flight instructor was...

Statistics, Lies and Damn Lies…

Aviation is a numbers game. We fly the airplane by the numbers, we use numbers to navigate and we have to deal with numbers...

Headset Histrionics

I logged my first official instructional flight on June 17, 1975, at age 15. I already had my private and an instrument rating before...

What Capability Are You Building Toward?

New home, new airport—they present an opportunity to learn. This learning has been especially acute since the beginning of the year and my move...

The Decision to Polish

To quote a friend, “When you paint, the aircraft will never look better than when it leaves the paint shop. When you polish, it...

On Thanksgiving

One of the compelling reasons to aviate is it can demand the ultimate payment, and with an impartiality Hemingway appreciated. That alone elevates flying...

Small Screens, Big Deal

Just as we wrapped up our big-screen EFIS buyer’s guide in this issue, Garmin released its new GI 275. I’d heard rumors that Garmin,...
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uAvionix tailBeaconX

An all-in-one taillight and Mode S transponder.

In Case You Missed it

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Flight Review: M-Squared Breese 2

If you’re looking for an economical way to get in the air and your stick-and-rudder skills are sharp, the Breese 2 may be the way to go. By Ed Wischmeyer.

Ask the DAR

Do I qualify as a Sport Pilot if I’m already a Private Pilot? Does the installation of skis constitute a major change? How can I get an N number? DAR Mel Asberry answers these questions.

25th Anniversary: Rotax Run

The Rotax engines continual development over the years has led it to become the dominant engines among todays Light Sport Aircraft. Dave Martin details the engines evolution, and takes a look at what may be next.