July 08, 2014 12:00 am

STOL Tips: Landing

The third installment of STOL Tips -- a series on operating aircraft in as short a distance for takeoff and landing as possible -- 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.

June 30, 2014 12:00 am

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.

April 20, 2014 06:25 pm

STOL Tips: Takeoff

The second installment of STOL Tips -- a series on operating aircraft in as short a distance for takeoff and landing as possible -- will cover takeoff technique: An often overlooked but critical skill for backcountry performance and safety.

December 29, 2014 12:00 am

STOL Tips: Going around

In the 4th installment of STOL Tips-- a series on operating aircraft in as short a distance for takeoff and landing as possible-- 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.

September 29, 2014 09:37 am

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.

May 26, 2015 12:00 am

170s in the Wrangells

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.

June 06, 2014 05:46 pm

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.

In the 5th installment of STOL Tips-- a series on operating aircraft in as short a distance for takeoff and landing as possible-- we're going to look at the special considerations for operating tricycle-gear aircraft in the off-airport environment.