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Fly Off: A tale of two biplanes

Article | May 01, 2013

Photography by Chris Rose; illustrations by Steve Karp Lined up on the runway behind the blue-and-yellow Stearman in its original Army Air Corps markings, the colorful Waco biplane seems as though it belongs in a historical black-and-white newsreel, not today’s reality. The airplane that taught America’s “greatest generation” to fly rumbles forward, its tailwheel quickly rising off the pavement, followed by its main wheels after a total ground roll of about 600 feet.

Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL

Article | Apr 12, 2013

The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal. On final approach at 500 feet agl, chop engine power to idle and hold the control stick full aft.

Zenith breaks from STOL mold

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Conventional tires and wheel pants distinguish the CH 750 Cruzer from its STOL predecessors. Zenith Aircraft Co.

Flight Amid Vertical Terrain

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Introduction Do you want to fly above snow-capped mountains, journey through narrow canyons and land at airports that have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world? If you haven't experienced this, you are in for a thrill. However, you will also be faced with greater challenges and different procedures.

You say you want an evolution

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Photography by Mike Fizer The air traffic controllers couldn’t seem to get the name of Lancair’s turboprop, the Evolution, quite right. During our short taxi for departure, both ground and local controllers at Cincinnati Municipal Airport Lunken Field referred to the sleek, four-seat kit airplane as “Revolution.” Cleared for takeoff on Runway 21 Left, Lancair dealer and demo pilot Doug Walker advanced the power lever on the 750-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A.