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AirCam: Dream Machine

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

The first takeoff is always a little unnerving. It’s not just that you’re sitting in a flying canoe, or that you’re climbing as fast as a business jet.

Mountain Flying Adventure

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

“Caution! Terrain ahead! Pull up! Pull up!” The stark aural warning from the Garmin GNS 430 would normally bring instant action—but not this time. Stu Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, had heard the GPS’s automated voice so many times flying a Husky A1-C through the towering canyons of central Idaho that the alarms became the accompanying soundtrack to the epic scenery passing by outside.

Turbine Pilot Cessna Caravan: Sky Truck

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

With some 1,800 airplanes delivered since its debut in 1985, Cessna’s Caravan ranks as an icon among utilitarian singles. It’s a massive Pratt & Whitney-powered 675-shp turboprop that stands tall on the ramp, has a maximum payload of some 3,000 pounds, a huge unpressurized cabin, and yet behaves surprisingly like a Cessna Skyhawk.

Turbine Pilot: Pilatus' Apex

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

With sales nearing the 800 mark, the Pilatus PC-12 has been a standout in the single-engine turboprop market. Because the external features of the airplane remained largely unchanged during its 14-year production run, it can be tempting to believe that today’s PC-12 is the same as those of yore.

Short Matters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

There’s an island in the French West Indies where the jetsetters play, but you can’t land a jet there. It’s called Saint Barthélemy —St.


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Once upon a time, in a land called Kansas, some years after L. Frank Baum wrote of Dorothy and Toto’s abrupt departure and their finessed return via ruby slippers, Lloyd Stearman built biplanes.

Turbine Pilot: Eclipse 500: Typed and Tried

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Day five of the Eclipse 500 type-rating course. Dick Mertz, my sim partner, and I are at our usual evening spot in the hotel lobby plowing through takeoff and landing data for tomorrow’s sim session, reviewing charts and procedures, challenging each other on one technique versus another.

Turbine Pilot: Catching the 605

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Large business jets are plenty alluring—their sheer size, plush cabins, ocean-hopping range, and stately ramp presence transmit an air of exclusivity that’s hard to ignore. But what’s it like to experience Bombardier’s Challenger 605, one of the biggest of the big bizjets? In short, it’s a mixture of great performance, high-tech treats, and decadent luxury.

American Champion High Country: Flying the High Country

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Why would an article about the American Champion High Country start off with a Colorado aviation legend? Because Jack Greiner, 86 when this was written, ended up flying the Citabria-based two-seater during the preparation of this article, and he knows a good airplane when he sees one. The 180-horsepower, $138,000 High Country passed his examination, which included graceful lazy-8 maneuvers and a perfect takeoff and touchdown.

Turbine Pilot

Article | Jun 01, 2007

The 'baby' King Air goes on steroids It's become fashionable to publicize the new, much-heralded crop of very light jets (VLJs). But though some may dwell on this phenomenon, let's not lose sight of the benefits that turboprops offer in comparison.