Dave Hirschman

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Craftsmanship: Where Wacos take wing

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 03 11

There’s nothing about the two-story brick building in the small central Pennsylvania town of Emigsville to suggest that the two master craftsmen inside create some of the world’s finest vintage biplanes.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 03 11

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Dogfight: Simulators

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 03 10

The young dog is ready for the future; the old dog, not so much. Senior editors Ian J. Twombly
and Dave Hirschman debate the viability of simulation in training.

Rare Aircraft acquires Stearman inventory

Article | 2014, 03 07

In a major deal between two of the best-known U.S. antique aircraft firms, Rare Aircraft has purchased a huge inventory of Stearman parts from Air Repair and will begin producing as-new Golden Age biplanes.

BendixKing KLR 10 warns of high angles of attack

Article | 2014, 03 05

The FAA has approved the BendixKing KLR 10, meant to enhance safety by warning pilots of high angles of attack.

Garmin synthetic vision for tablets

Article | 2014, 03 04

Garmin popularized synthetic vision with the G1000 six years ago and now offers it on an app.

Just Aircraft Super Stol: No runway? No problem

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 02 19

This 400-foot “runway” has a swamp at one end and a two-story brick building at the other.

Frugal Flier: A tipping point for 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 02 18

A pair of events last year changed my mind about ELTs and spurred me to take a long-delayed action.

Ownership: Cold comfort

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 02 18

An oft-repeated maxim about open-cockpit airplanes says they should be flown only when the air temperature (in Fahrenheit) exceeds the pilot’s age (in years).

Ted Smith's Dream

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 01 24

The acceleration starts fast, and gets faster.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 01 24

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Proficiency: Lazy S

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 01 22

Pity the poor Lazy 8. It began as a fun, fluid, and telling maneuver that encouraged pilots to explore the changing feel of an airplane through a broad range of speed and bank angles. It also developed a pilot’s coordination, timing, and anticipation.

The whales of Baja

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 12 23

Dawn casts the barren Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula in a soft light as we overfly the dusty airstrip at San Ignacio.

Proficiency: Hover like a hawk

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 12 23

Slow flight is an essential skill for pilots to understand and master, but practicing it can be a drag (literally and figuratively).

Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | 2013, 12 20

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 12 19

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 12 01

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

Frugal Flier: Self-made upgrade

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 21

The owners of a 36-year-old Beech Sierra came up with a digital solution to an increasingly widespread real-world problem.

Technology: Garmin action-cam

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 20

Garmin has jumped into the action-camera market with the VIRB, a compact, well-engineered unit that’s sure to log lots of flight time in general aviation aircraft.

Synergy Air RV-12s: Focus shifts to deliveries

Article | 2013, 11 11

Synergy Air is building another dozen RV-12s in the S-LSA category.

Airframe: Rethinking roll control

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 01

Ailerons have been well studied and thoroughly understood in the century since aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss invented them for roll control. But can they be improved?

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 01

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Preserving a lost art

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 11 01

I’m concentrating so intently during this formation checkride that my whole world is reduced to lining up two small and normally unrelated objects: the lead airplane’s aileron hinge and spinner.

Cirrus: First conforming Vision jet to fly in 2014

Article | 2013, 10 10

Cirrus Aircraft expects to fly its first conforming SF50 Vision jet in early 2014 and the company will be able to build up to 150 new aircraft a year when the program is in full production.

Frugal Flyer: My $1 million education

Pilot Magazine | 2013, 10 01

It’s hard to place a value on my nearly 7,000 hours spent aloft in general aviation aircraft, but $1 million is probably close.