All plastics are not created equal

In a recent email, a pilot related a problem he had with his aircraft: He needed to drain the fuel tanks so that he could repair the wing. He drained the 100LL out of the tanks into two plastic drums. The fuel sat in his hangar for several weeks and then outside in the sun […]


My last column, “Asleep at the Yoke,” included a report about a Piper Seneca pilot who had to ditch his airplane in the Gulf of Mexico. The thought of having to ditch an aircraft intrigued me, especially when I realized there is a different psychology to the act of ditching vs. an intentional forced landing […]

Pilot Perspectives: Bruce Williams

“It’s like driving an old British convertible sportscar. It’s fun on a winding mountain road in the summer, but going down the autobahn, you’d rather have a Mercedes.” An apt metaphor from Extra 300L owner/instructor Bruce Williams, as he describes his seasonal trip from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Boulder City, Nevada, where the airplane spends […]

Rare Beech Bayless Lightning strikes at Beech Party

By CELIA VANDERPOOL Down a twisty, two-lane country road about an hour’s drive southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, is an uncommon sight, even for a rural airport runway. The expected pilot challenges of trees, split rail fences, a log cabin, and nostalgic-looking hangars give way to an enormous grass runway extension. There was more than ample […]

Flying through time

Ryan Lihs of Sioux City, Iowa, is an enthusiastic-yet-humble sort of aviator. When he flew his handsome black-and-gold biplane to Antique Airfield for the 2017 Antique Airplane Association Fly-In in Blakesburg, Iowa, this past Labor Day, numerous admirers were irresistibly drawn to it. He happily shared the history of his 1929 Pitcairn PA-6. In fact, […]

AeroShell Aerobatic Team’s Gene McNeely retires

As the 2017 Stuart Air Show closed at Witham Field in Florida on Nov. 5, aviation enthusiasts bid a fond farewell to AeroShell Aerobatic Team member Gene McNeely, who retired after 24 years of flying the “slot” position for the team. His favorite memories are flying the night shows that he humbly explains away as […]

Classics on display at Livermore Airport

For my last airshow of the season, I ventured east of the San Francisco Bay over to the 21st annual Livermore Airport Open House and Air Show. This was my first time to this event and I was not disappointed. It had all the hallmarks of a local show: Free admission, friendly people, a laid-back […]

Super Legends take top spots in Texas STOL Roundup

American Legend Aircraft Company reports a customer-flown Super Legend took first place and scored best overall in the recent Texas STOL Roundup, with a second Super Legend took second place in another heat. A video of the two at the roundup is available below. The 2017 Texas STOL Roundup was held at South Texas Regional […]

First transient hangar opens at KAPS

The first transient hangar has opened at the Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS) in Reserve, Louisiana. Designed by NY Associates and built by Justin J. Reeves, LLC, the 6,363-square-foot hangar can accommodate a variety of large corporate and business aircraft, which are using the airport on a more frequent basis, according to […]