Editor's Log

September 2006 Issue

Editor's Log: 09/06

One Step Forward

Having just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh for EAA’s AirVenture extravaganza, I’m struck by two seemingly contradictory observations: First, the planes and products seem to get better each year. Second, the pilots don’t.

Regarding the first observation, who can argue that products like the mostly certified Eclipse 500, to-be-produced HondaJet, Cessna LSA and NGP (next-generation piston, a.k.a “Cirrus-killer”), Garmin’s GPSMAP 496 and the various G1000 offspring, among other new toys, aren’t about the coolest things on the planet since canned beer? Meanwhile, the maturing light sport aircraft category is beginning to realize its promise of getting...

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