The third installment of The Approach -- a series on strategy for approaching and departing backcountry airstrips -- covers landing technique. "Greasing it on" is often a luxury of long runways, but when short with no go-around is the objective, minimum speed and maximum control is in order.

30 June 2014

The Beast

As an icon of STOL performance in the Experimental/Amateur-built world, the Zenith CH series have few rivals, but coupled with a NASCAR technology Ford V8, this particular CH801 truly becomes a beast of a flying machine.

20 April 2014

STOL Tips: Takeoff

The second installment of The Approach -- a series on strategy for approaching and departing backcountry airstrips -- will cover takeoff technique: An often overlooked but critical skill for backcountry performance and safety.

29 September 2014

High Sierra

We've jokingly called it a "Burning Man" for airplane junkies, but it's got everything you care about: Bush planes, wide-open backcountry landing zones, campfires, guns, explosions, and a free t-shirt.

29 December 2014

STOL Tips: Going around

In the 4th installment of STOL Tips, we're talking about go-arounds and balked landings, a useful technique for safely aborting a landing or evaluating a landing zone, but also an action that can often increase the workload on the pilot.

06 June 2014

Winds of Texas

Welcome to the Texas hill country, home to a thriving "brush" pilot community, and the new Texas STOL Round Up annual shortfield competition. This month's Featured Trip Report comes to you in video form, so please enable full screen and enjoy.

Two big-engined Cessna 170s venture out to explore the Nizina river valley, a narrow region between the massive Wrangell and St Elias mountain ranges that is a pilot's paradise of airstrips, public cabins, and the natural wonders of Alaska.