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Homebuilt Flight Testing: The First Flight »

A day of flight testing is supposed to end with everyone safe in their beds and the airplane reusable for another day. That should be our ultimate goal, and if we have prepared properly, the actual flight can almost be a letdown when everything goes well. Here's how to help make it go smoothly. More

Aircraft Finance: Getting the Right Loan »

You've decided that it's time to buy an airplane, or you own one and you want to upgrade it with a glass panel or a larger engine. The "how will I pay for it?" refrain has gone through your head more than once. Now you have to listen to that voice. It's time to get the money and do the deal. More

ATC Pitfalls — Communication »

Effective communication between pilots and controllers is at the heart of safe operations in our National Airspace System. It means listening and understanding what is said; but it also may require listening and understanding what is not said and asking the right questions. More

Akro for Under $100K: Wide Variety; Use Caution »

There has long been a subset of pilots with a certain sense of adventure and the burning desire to own an aerobatic airplane. While most lust after an aerial hotrod such as one of the Extra 300 series or a Sukhoi Su-29, economic reality means putting something a little less impressive into the hangar. We'll give you a look at what's available for under $100,000. More

Used Aircraft Guide: Beech Baron »

Anyone who has flown a Beechcraft will have come away impressed with the line's quality and, especially, the handling qualities. All the way down to the lowly Musketeer, Beech just took pains to get the airplane's handling qualities a cut above everything else, and that applies in spades to the Baron series. More

Flying The Nosewheel »

Just because the vast majority of the airplanes most of us fly have their little wheel mounted on the nose instead of the tail doesn't mean the nosewheel is immune to abuse. More

Bent Wing Dreams »

As cliché as it sounds, my world changed the moment I saw a Chance-Vought F4U Corsair during a trip with my family to EAA Oshkosh when I was 11. The attachment was instant and unwavering. When I looked at the Corsair I did not see an airplane I saw hope, power and strength all rolled into sheer beauty. More

Unpublished Holds »

There are situations where you'll be blithely minding your own IFR business and hear ATC say, "… I have holding instructions for you. Advise ready to copy." More

GA's Difficult Climb Back »

The shrinkage in the private pilot population is real and it has been dramatic: There were 357,479 people with private pilot certificates in 1980, the greatest number ever; yet by 2012 that had collapsed by almost half (47.4 percent) to the lowest its been since 1964. More

When It All Goes Dark »

Aircraft electrical system failures are serious, but not usually life-threatening emergencies. Here's how to handle them expediently and safely. More