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Good spin video in our latest article.
Did you know that most of the articles at Air Facts are written by readers like you? You do not have to be Richard Collins or Ernest Gann--simply a GA pilot with a story you'd share with friends sitting in the hangar. Share your experience on any aspect of GA transportation flying, ...
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Agree? "Technology is changing, whether we want it to or not. Our efforts are better spent adapting to this new world than laying down on the tracks to stop it."
Freedom or security. Ketchup or mustard. Life is filled with supposedly difficult decisions that aren't really decisions at all. Pilots face the same false choice when it comes to technology. It's time to embrace new avionics and solid hand flying skills.
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Technology is a tool. Learn to use it correctly or don't use it at all. 
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Great tips here from the master, Dick Collins, and why he had to learn most of them the hard way...
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Practical, funny tips for pilots who want to travel for business or pleasure via GA. 
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Can you imagine a Cessna 310 with jet engines mounted over the wings?
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Here's a story that will really make you think - whether you're young or old.
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I can completely relate to this ... having learnt to fly in the 1970's ..and by the late 80's could no longer afford it due to family costs etc... now here I am many years later the kids have left the roost, I am cashed up, but health issues step in and I decide to renew my private license, and in doing so, I incur a restriction (must fly with safety pilot) due to  my health changing.

Right now I am back in the air and renewing my skills...last few hours being circuits in a Warrior

I also am aviation orientated , reading aviation mags and books,, or building plastic aircraft kits ..

The cost has risen by a factor of 3...but as long as I can afford I will continue
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Incredible story here - and a few lessons learned.
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Yikes - not the time for a flight control problem.
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Ever tried this low IFR trick?
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A great read for Father's Day, from celebrated writer Lane Wallace. Airplanes really do have the power to bring fathers and sons together. 
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daughter   why not?
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When's the last time you did a missed approach for real?
The missed approach is really a maximum performance maneuver. The key is to make your decisions long before you ever start the approach, so a missed approach is an automatic reaction. MDA is no time to be making decisions; it's a time for executing what you've already planned.
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About a little over a month ago, flying a Cessna 172 into KRYN Tucson, AZ..
31 M.P.H crosswind... Brought reality into focus real quick... 
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Sometimes you have to admit that you are flying without a plan B. 
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The online magazine for personal air travel--for pilots, by pilots.
Introduction

This is NOT your father’s Air Facts

Air Facts was first published in 1938 by Leighton Collins, dedicated to “the development of private air transportation.” It’s a different world now, and it’s a different Air Facts. Relaunched in 2011 as an online journal, Air Facts still champions, educates, informs and entertains pilots worldwide with real-world flying experiences.

No aviation topic is off-limits.

Nothing predictable about Air Facts. We’ll tackle any topic, analyze any situation and have our readers weigh in with their input. And the speed of the Internet makes covering current subjects immediate – no waiting three months for an opinion to appear in print.

Air Facts needs you.

Here’s the amazing difference in Air Facts. It’s primarily reader-written. Yes, aviation icon Richard Collins continues to share his unbelievable wealth of information on flying, technique, weather and a host of other topics, but the majority of articles are supplied by you, the reader.

By the way, we have fun too!

Check out our regular series on Go/No Go where you decide whether a particular flight is safe to take. There’s no right or wrong answer – you decide. We write about our mistakes, our lessons learned and the pure joy of what it means to be a pilot. Our readers write about their trips – at Air Facts, you climb in, buckle up and ride along. Air Facts covers serious topics, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We know that pilots are always learning.

Join the discussion – Pull up a chair!

Air Facts is interactive, so don’t be a lurker. Is there anything duller than an aviation forum where Jetboy343, FrankieMac and CirrusPilot12 dominate the forum with the same tired arguments hashed and rehashed day after day? Not at Air Facts! Sure we have regular readers, but our unique visitors are in the thousands – they comment as well – which guarantees you’ll always find a fresh perspective from a wide variety of pilots and not just from a small group of “regulars.”

Thanks, Sporty’s, for Air Facts

Air Facts is brought to you by Sporty’s Pilot Shop and the production and distribution is directed by John Zimmerman, an accomplished pilot and aircraft owner. John writes for Air Facts as well – his own blog and other articles too. Plus John is the one who creates the intriguingly entertaining Go/No Go’s, many based on his own experiences.

No subscriptions, no renewals, no registration, but…

Visit Air Facts any time you’d like. It’s all free. You don’t have to subscribe or sign up. We’ve even made commenting easy – we hate when we’re asked to supply our name, rank, serial number and a dozen other personal details just to leave a comment, and we bet you do too. But we offer a free series of email alerts – typically two or three a month – to tell you when new stories are posted or to let you know when a particular discussion is getting hot and heavy. Just sign up here and join in on the fun. Air Facts is your online journal.

And, speaking of the original magazine, we also go back and frequently pick articles that remain relevant and present them in our online journal. Just as “Stick and Rudder” is still a best selling aviation book after over 60 years of publication, much in the original Air Factsis timeless.