AVweb Features

Error Chain: Triple Whammy »

The designer of a wildly popular line of kitplanes describes the events that lead to an engine stoppage and forced landing in his RV-3. More

Aviation Innovators: Kirk Hawkins, Icon Aircraft »

The moving force behind the S-LSA Icon A5 stall-resistant amphib designed to be exciting to fly while reaching a new level of user-friendly safety, Kirk Hawkins has been willing to defy conventional wisdom in order to make the excitement of flying accessible to more people. Growing up while engaging in a wide variety of land-, water, and air-based motorsports, flying F-16s in the Air Force and holding a master's in product design from Stanford, Hawkins brings a serious level of sophistication to the LSA world. More

Down-Transitions »

You’ve spent most of your life moving up in aircraft size and complexity. Now you’re down-transitioning to something smaller. It’s more of a change than you might think. More

Brainteaser Airshow People's Choice Award »

We asked readers to name their favorite airshow performers or performances. The results are in, and no one appearing on the upcoming November ballot made the cut here. Readers are picky. More

Five Crosswind Fixes »

Remember films like The Blue Max, The Red Baron or Flyboys? They all depicted WWI aerial warfare, in machines invented some 15 years earlier. Instead of defined runways, pilots of that era landed and took off from large, broad fields, which always allowed them to fly into the prevailing wind. One of the reasons those big fields were necessary was the lack of early airplanes’ maneuverability—some had control-authority issues at low speeds—so the range of available runway directions was expanded to include them all. More