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Grumman Goose G-21 (From Private to Military Plane)

Grumman Goose G-21 (From Private to Military Plane)

In 1936, Leroy Grumman of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation was approached by a group of ten wealthy New York aviator-businessmen. These men were looking for someone to design and build a replacement plane for the unwieldly Leoning Air Yacht they were currently using as a commuter aircraft between home and work.

Aviat Husky (High-Wing Utility Light Aircraft)

Aviat Husky (High-Wing Utility Light Aircraft)

"America’s favorite taildragger" is a high-wing, single-engine, tandem-seat aircraft that is value packed and perfect for short fields, bush flying, high altitudes, and landings at unimproved airstrips. The Husky is custom designed to fit the needs of the backcountry adventurer who wants sturdy, rugged, high-quality bush plane performance paired with a generous payload and the fuel capacity to support the journey.

Mooney M20 (Everything to Know on the Low Wing Speedster)

Mooney M20 (Everything to Know on the Low Wing Speedster)

“Make it strong. Make it simple. Make it fast.” These are Mooney Airplane Company’s words to live by as they design their legendary aircraft. The Mooney mentality has developed quite a following with Mooney aficionados - self-described as “Mooniacs.”

Rans S7 Courier (Economical Light Sport Aircraft)

Rans S7 Courier (Economical Light Sport Aircraft)

“Little planes with big personalities.” This is how AOPA describes the RANS Aircraft family of planes. One of the standout features of the RANS family is the uniqueness of each line. The S-21 Outbound has a different purpose than the S-20 Raven which feels unique compared to the S-19 Venterra or the S-7 Courier.

Diamond DA20 (Perfect Flight Training Aircraft)

Diamond DA20 (Perfect Flight Training Aircraft)

“Sporty. Sleek. Exciting. Yet surprisingly affordable.” This is how Diamond Aircraft Industries describes their DA20 Katana. When student pilots, CFIs, and flight schools consider their choices for trainer aircraft, the list naturally includes traditional time-honored classics like the Cessna 150, Cessna 152, and Piper Cub, but another prime contender for the perfect flight training aircraft is the much newer and currently still in production Diamond DA20. This Austrian-designed tricycle gear plane checks the boxes for the performance and handling characteristics pilots are looking for in a two-place trainer with the added bonus of an attractively sporty style.

De Havilland Beaver DHC-2 (Best Bush Plane in History)

De Havilland Beaver DHC-2 (Best Bush Plane in History)

Canada is home to plenty of rugged wilderness that just begs the adventurous pilot to come explore it. With towering mountain summits presiding over turquoise blue lakes and an abundance of wildlife, the lure of the Canadian wilderness is all but impossible to ignore, so perhaps it is only natural that a Canadian company was the maker of arguably the best bush plane in history – the De Havilland Beaver DHC-2.

Piper Arrow (Specifications and History)

Piper Arrow (Specifications and History)

Piper Aircraft got its start in 1927 with the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company out of Rochester, New York. The Taylor brothers – Clarence and Gordon – started the company to produce their Taylor Chummy, a two-place high-wing monoplane design.

Piper Tomahawk PA-38 (Everything You Need to Know)

Piper Tomahawk PA-38 (Everything You Need to Know)

The story of the Piper Tomahawk an interesting one filled with unique handling and flight characteristics, accidents, investigations, divided opinions, and controversy. The adage “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it” also applies. But before we delve into the details of this interesting aircraft, we will step back and take a look at where the Piper Tomahawk got its start.

Cessna 340 (All the Details You Need)

Cessna 340 (All the Details You Need)

Small commuter flying got a whole lot more enjoyable with the release of the Cessna 340 in 1972. The pressurized cabin of this light twin piston engine business aircraft was designed for optimum passenger comfort while the twin turbocharged engines delivered on performance.

Hummel H5 (10 Things You Need to Know)

Hummel H5 (10 Things You Need to Know)

On the hunt for an aircraft plan or kit that strikes that just right balance of affordability, performance and dependability? The Hummel H5 is a definite must-consider contender. It is brought to us by a small American company committed to providing plans and kits with flexible building options for customers on a modest budget who are looking for a way to get up in the air and enjoy flying.

10 Tips on How to Buy a Plane and Save Money

10 Tips on How to Buy a Plane and Save Money

“Buy a plane” and “save money.” Never thought you’d see those two phrases put together, did you? Now, to be fair, we’re not saying that buying a plane is likely to save you money as opposed to not buying a plane. We all know that’s not the case. The point is that when you’re in the market to buy a plane, it pays to do your homework and know how to save money on the purchase.

20 of the Weirdest Planes Ever to Take Flight

20 of the Weirdest Planes Ever to Take Flight

Most aircraft follow standard design norms and have a predictable configuration. Then you have other aircraft – the kind that look more like a product of Photoshopping than engineering. Some are simply unique, and others are downright weird.