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Used Aircraft Guide: Diamond DA20 »

Diamond found success with the DA20 as a basic trainer and as an inexpensive, owner-flown fun flyer that's fast enough to fly the occasional cross country, albeit in VFR conditions only. More

AVmail: August 18, 2014 »

Henry Hough writes: "No doubt this proposal makes sense in some arcane budget discussion among ignoramuses divorced from aviation. But saying aircraft can't be built in an airport hangar simply to preclude inappropriate use of federally funded airports makes about as much sense as saying birth can't occur at home because the mortgage may be a tax deduction. The heart and soul of an aircraft should begin at an airport. The gestation period and infancy of an aircraft needs and deserves to be nurtured in its natural home among members of its kind. If it takes a village to raise a child, shouldn't it make sense that the humans needed to create an aircraft gather at an airport?" Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More

Hey! Why's the Horizon Over There? »

It's happened to every pilot at some time or another—suddenly the airplane isn't doing what the pilot intends. Most of the time recovery is routine. Here's what to do when the upset is serious. More

Your IFR Ticket: The First Year »

The first year following the instrument rating checkride is a critical one. For too many pilots, the checkride represents a high point in skills and knowledge. It shouldn't be. More

Pattern Entries and Tailwheel Pilots »

Cast your bread upon troubled waters and inevitably someone tells you to knock it off, because you're killing the ducks. In that spirit, we tossed a bonus two-part question into Brainteaser Quiz #197: "What's the best way to enter a traffic pattern at an airport without an operating control tower? And, "Are tailwheel airplanes better than tricycles, making tailwheel pilots better pilots and way cooler than anyone?" More

SocialFlight: Providing More Reasons to Fly »

Two years ago at EAA's AirVenture, the SocialFlight app was born. Jeff Simon created an app that would run on the Web, any smartphone, and any table, and that, he hoped, would "shake people by the shoulder and say, 'Here's what's happening near you.'" More

The Prop Strike/Sudden Stop »

It's possible to do major engine/accessory damage without obviously damaging the prop by hitting water or heavy, tall grass that stops or slows the running engine. The FAA definition of a sudden stoppage, is the engine stopping suddenly in under one rpm. More

Fly On the 4th of July »

It's the Fourth of July—go fly. On a basic level, it's summer in the northern hemisphere so enjoy it in the air—if you're in the southern hemisphere, it's the dead of winter, you probably haven't been flying enough, so go get some of the rust off. On another level, unapologetically, it's my country's Independence Day, and I think that one of the best ways to celebrate it is by going flying. More

When ATC Says 'Unable' »

Judgment is the cornerstone of the air traffic control profession. This basic trait, common among thousands of successful air traffic controllers worldwide, allows controllers to face a variety of situations—including unusual pilot requests—and act appropriately. More

AVmail: June 23, 2014 »

Richard Herbst writes: "Only a personal injury lawyer would write a Lettre de Cachet like the black adventure story published in USA Today. My sympathies for their reduced ad revenues and declining circulation. But holding public executions and sensational smear campaigns has never worked for any publication. Even the networks hesitate to raise their viewing by attacking privilege. They should know this. Fifty years worth of aircraft accidents looks terrifying to a public with an attention span measured in 30-second spots, but this is what 'USA Today' is gambling on. They hope to boost circulation and redefine themselves as a rag, which they aren't far from in any case." Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More