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Piper Warrior »

Back in the day, the quest to come up with the perfect personal airplane may have seamed easy at first. It only needed to perfectly combine ease and cost of operation, ability to carry the right number of passengers and operate from most all airports in the country. During the post-World War II boom, the major airplane manufacturers to include Aeronca, Luscombe, ERCO, Piper and Cessna, among others, all eventually came to the conclusion that the future for mass-marketing airplanes was wrapped up in something that had four seats and on the order of 150 HP. ERCO (the Ercoupe folks) never made it past a prototype. Aeronca and Luscombe gave up after limited success, while Cessna and Piper went on to fight it out for decades, while Beech and Grumman-American tried to make inroads. More

Flying a Perfect Approach »

First you have to know what perfect is. Here are some tips on self-evaluation. More

Drone Avoidance: More Than Flying High »

Until now there has been little in the way of educational material for pilots when it comes to protecting themselves in a world where the number of registered drone operators exceeds the number of manned aircraft pilots and the danger of unmanned—manned inflight collision is steadily increasing. More

Post-Flight Debrief »

Make a deliberate, honest assessment of your performance on the just-completed flight. More

ATC Watches - You Fly »

Major problems often start with minor issues. ATC minds the details of the big picture and steps up when pilots find themselves in tricky situations. More

Cheapgasitis »

Trying to reduce operating costs by chasing inexpensive fuel? It’s easy to be left high and dry. More

Aftermarket Plastic: Betters OEMs in Price »

There are plenty of options for replacing old plastic components. Save money and install them yourself, but don’t expect a fit that’s exactly like an OEM part. More

Public Benefit Flying: Safety Efforts Recognized »

The NTSB contacts the Air Care Alliance (ACA) and demands that it take action to increase the level of safety of Public Benefit Flying and Volunteer Pilot Organizations—the ACA does so and the NTSB says, “Well Done.” More

Out-of-Control Departures »

How to execute an IFR clearance that transitions you from Class G to Class E airspace—safely. More