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Quiz: Aircraft Engine Mixture Control

For some student pilots the mixture control is a thing of mystery. It gets pulled out to shut off the engine, so let's just...

Video: flying the Icon A5 seaplane around Miami

The Icon A5 is a different kind of airplane. Instead of focusing on speed, range, and payload, it focuses on fun. As an amphibious Light Sport Airplane, it's as comfortable with jet skis and boats as other airplanes. In this video, ride along as one pilot gets a demo flight around Miami in the sleek seaplane, beaching on quiet islands and flying over blue-green water.
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Only the realistic survive

The unforgiving nature of aviation has serious consequences, consequences we should remember every time we enter the cockpit. If we're unrealistic about our new year's resolution, it probably won’t hurt us. Flying is a different story. There aren’t many second chances.

Friday photo: first solo cross-country Kaitlyn Gallegos

The air was smooth, warm, and clear. The scenery was picturesque and awe-inspiring, and I was completely by myself up at 9,500 feet. I touched down safely at Bermuda an hour after takeoff.

Video: landing IN the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a great place to fly over in a general aviation aircraft, but how about landing in the Grand Canyon? Ride along with Matt Guthmiller in this video to see the Southwest United States from multiple aircraft, including a flight in a Robinson helicopter. It's further proof that general aviation offers freedom you can't find anywhere else.

Video review: Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver

Portable ADS-B receivers have been one of the most popular accessories for pilots since they were first introduced in 2012. They connect to an iPad or Android tablet to provide GPS position, subscription-free in-flight weather, ADS-B traffic, and backup attitude information. In this Product PIREP video, go flying with the new Stratus 3 to see how it performs in flight.

Fly until the map turns blue…and then some – Part II

"Take the Aztec to Nevis,” Sporty’s Founder/Chairman, Hal Shevers, stated last fall. We took this statement seriously because it is fully in line with...

Friday photo: Garland Hanson first solo

  The moment: First solo The pilot: Garland Hanson The place: Hanover County Airport, Richmond, VA (KOFP) The aircraft: Tecnam P92 Eaglet Light Sport The memory: I had been wanting to become...
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Quiz: Flying The Traffic Pattern

Sitting in the cockpit during the cruise portion of any flight may have a tendency to become monotonous. But as the destination traffic pattern approaches,...

Video: landing a Citation Mustang

Flying a jet might seem impossible to a student pilot, but step into the cockpit of this Cessna Citation Mustang and you might be surprised at how much is the same. The G1000 avionics are a lot like what you'd find in a 172, and the basics of flying remain the same. Ride along as this Cessna 210 pilot makes his first landing in a jet and see it all from the cockpit.