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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

Cessna 182 Pre-Buy Check »

The venerable C-182 is a legend in its own time with an array of models, including some with mogas capabilities. More

A Little Night Freight Music »

Flying freight in the not-so-good old days when the FAA looked the other way, operators cut corners and pilots died. More

Buttonology »

To cope with panels that are smarter than you, learn the system's flow and which buttons to push, then confirm with a checklist. More

Reading the Storms »

We use on-board datalink weather for a trip along the Gulf Coast. There's no ice, but there's ample IFR and unsettled weather. Take a ride with us to see how we use it. More

LSA vs. Standard: Sacrifice for Savings »

Let's assume you had a cash budget of up to $160,000 to buy an airplane. Your short list of required equipment includes a glass cockpit with autopilot, a modern interior, plus a proven engine that's easy to service and economical to operate. You'll use the plane for local flying, short trips and perhaps some basic instrument training. More

Want to Improve Your Landings? Learn Aerobatics »

Aerobatics aren't just a tremendous amount of fun, the skills learned in controlling the airplane at low speed and making large control inputs can help reduce a pilot's risk of a landing accident. More

Piper Malibu-Mirage »

The Piper Malibu-Mirage is a head turner. Aside from its ramp appeal, it has a high-flying pressurized cabin, 200-knot cruise speed and its impressive range. Anyone buying a Piper Malibu-Mirage should be ready to pay what we consider to be substantial maintenance bills, with the reward being fast cruise speeds above the weather in pressurized comfort and with reasonable payload. More