Great Lakes Biplane: Docile, Sporty and Fun »

Economists have a name for things that are in daily use despite having been designed multiple decades ago: persistent technology. Biplanes fit the definition, although pilots donít call them that; they call them fun, an even mix of nostalgia and unique performance characteristics. That more than anything explains why biplanes have been in and out of production since the 1930s and the latest one to go into production is the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, a modern revision of the classic biplane made famous by barnstormer Tex Rankin. More

Precautionary Landings: Before It's Too Late »

How many pilots flying VFR and dealing with deteriorating weather have died because no one taught them that when things are bad, landing in a decent farm field can make the difference between being dead and merely inconvenienced? More

Partial Panel Prognosis »

For most pilots the risk of instrument failure is remote. But when it happens, you have to be prepared. More

Hello, Tech Support »

ďIím trying to build this airplane, but I have literally never even tightened a bolt in my life.Ē More

Portable Cabin Coolers: Comfort From Ice »

While number four for takeoff on a 95-degree day, windows and doors open to catch any puff of moving air, every pilot ever minted has wished for air conditioning. With installed units starting at over $4500 and eating up at least 50 pounds of useful load, most owners are willing to sweat a bit and then climb to cooler air. More

Cessna 206 Stationair »

The Cessna 206 Stationair is GA's SUV/minivan/pickup. Cessnaís biggest fixed-gear piston single is really three models, though all are essentially the same airframe. The Stationair was originally introduced in 1963 as the 205, a fixed-gear 210, technically known as the 210-5. It had two doors up front and a relatively small rear door on the left side. The engine was a 260-HP Continental IO-470. This airplane was a fixed-gear version of the recently revamped 210; it was produced for two years, with 577 delivered. More

IFR: Gaming the System »

Nasty reroutes and swamped controllers can put you in a bad spot. Through creativity, persistence and compromise, you can - sometimes - get a break. More

Power-Deficient Engines »

A look at a very common complaint and suggested cures; many of which only require a visual inspection. More

Why Johnny Can't Fly »

Inflight loss of control leads the accident-cause statistics. To help avoid it, learn from the mistakes of others. More