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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