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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

AVmail: December 15, 2014 »

Kraig Krumm writes: "I viewed the test flight of the Orion crew capsule with mixed emotions. I'm glad that we are finally getting our act together so that we are not relying on the Russians to get us into low Earth orbit and sad that we are now back to shooting men up in capsules and using parachutes for a water recovery. The Orion capsule is a step backward in the space program. We should be spending our efforts on building true 'space ships,' large non-re-entry vehicles with room for large crews to travel to Mars and the asteroids. These ships, if constructed in space, could make long duration space travel comfortable." Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. 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

AVmail: December 7, 2014 »

Mark Bohstedt writes: "Regarding Woody Beck's article on the decline of GA: He states the following, 'Over the longer term, changes in the third class medical will have no significant impact because its cost is negligible, roughly the cost of 15 gallons of av fuel every two years for us older pilots.' While I agree with the author on several points he made throughout the article, I believe he really misses the point regarding the benefits of eliminating the third class medical." Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. 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Unpublished Holds »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

Respect the Holiday Season Pressures »

Welcome to the start of the Holiday Season—Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year—the highest stress time of the year. Welcome to the season of intense pressure, spoken and unspoken, to make that flight you're planning to be with family. So, respect that pressure when you're making your go/no go decision. More

Batteries — Dying Young »

Batteries are often crippled from the outset–that may be a bit of hyperbole, but it may be other causes than the battery maker responsible for problems with short lived or early failed batteries, especially with flooded cells. More