Flying IFR in Older Aircraft »

A reader recently questioned the wisdom of flying IFR in "old" aircraft with traditional flight displays that lack modern accouterments—GPS in particular. It's a fair question and one that deserves some thought. More

Turbulence V-Speeds »

Structural failure accidents, often from getting too friendly with thunderstorms, kill both people and what little good press GA is able to garner. In the last decade, 50 accidents—about 10 per cent of all accidents—were due to in-flight structural failure. Worse, even with better weather data in flight, these accidents aren't going away. More

Kermit Weeks Hangar: The EAA's Home Shop »

The Experimental Aircraft Association's Kermit Weeks Hangar is just down the road from the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. While the museum is the public face of EAA, the Weeks Hangar is where the action is. In the most basic sense, it's a maintenance and restoration facility. But that's a bit like calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. More

Buzz Jobs: A Frank Discussion »

It's time to start talking openly about low flying. It's time to drag the subject into the open because it's something virtually every pilot wants to do. And if there's one thing that has been proven time and time again in aviation, when a pilot tries something new for the first time without having either thought long and hard about it or taken some dual, the odds are staggeringly high that he's not going to do it very well. More

Short and Soft-Field Takeoffs »

Short-field landings are all about using excellent technique to get your airplane into a tight spot. That same technique, however, can put you in an even tighter spot when it's time to leave. More

An Important Update to Monday's Feature Story »

We've updated our recent reprint feature article with information regarding the redesign of the electrical system of the Diamond DA-42. If you missed it Monday, be sure to check it out today. More

The Readers Have Spoken »

Within the cavernous FAA warehouses in Oklahoma City molders jetsam once vital to National Airspace System (NAS), such as NDBs, Terminal Control Areas, Flight Service Stations (FSS), GADO (General Aviation District Office) and, now, Flight Watch. Read what Brainteaser readers suggested should be done with aviation frequency 122.0 MHz. More

The Dangers of Jump-Starting »

The problem of jump-starting your plane is you have no idea of the condition of the battery once it starts, and it will be at least 90 minutes cruise or possibly not at all before the battery has any true backup value. A strong case can be made that you are operating an un-airworthy airplane, particularly if you have a modern plane and flat screen of integrated avionics. More

Renter's Insurance: Know The Exclusions »

According to GAMA statistics, there are 611,000 active pilots in the United States and only 223,000 registered general aviation aircraft. Even allowing for air taxi airplanes, clubs and partnerships, this means that lots of us are flying airplanes that we don't own. Some of us rent from local flight schools, some borrow from friends. More

Aviation Innovators: Rod Rakic »

AVweb is beginning an occasional series on innovators who are making a difference in general aviation. Today's focus is on Rod Rakic, co-founder of OpenAirplane, the Internet-based service that allows pilots to rent airplanes across the country based on one checkout, which is renewed annually. More