November 19, 2018

Looking thorough aircraft sales ads of ten years ago - I am struck by how little the prices have changed.

I have been searching the market for a replacement for our Saratoga, ZS-OFH, and it seems that you can buy a really nice used piston single for less than it would h...

November 22, 2017

A few years ago, there was a flurry of excitement when Paul Jackson, the august Editor of ‘Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft’ pronounced that it was not the Wrights, but Gustav Whitehead, who was the first to achieve controlled powered flight.

Columnist Peter Garrison was...

October 16, 2017

One of the great mysteries of World War II was why the Americans were so slow to fly jets.

In January 1944, a full five years after the Germans had first flown jets, test pilot Milo Burcham strolled across an apron in the Mojave Desert and climbed into a plane called Lu...

June 21, 2017

In his column this month, Peter Garrison has once again addressed the enduring delusion of flying ‘on the step’. No matter that those in the know say that I, and many others, are wrong, I still do it.

When I get to top of climb, I carry on to a hundred feet above cruise...

November 14, 2016

“Don’t forget to look out the window.” This is the surprising profile signature of an airline pilot on an aviation forum. 

It struck me as strange, as even in an IFR, high flight level environment, you would think pilots still look out the window. Or do they? After flyi...

September 13, 2016

It is an oft overlooked historical fact that the great cathedrals and castles of Europe were built by kleptocrats who became filthy rich on the back of an oppressed peasantry. Thus the church insisted on its tithe, and the feudal lords plundered their subjects to amass...

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