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Blog Profile / The House of Rapp


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Filed Under:Hobbies / Aviation
Posts on Regator:232
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Archived Since:April 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots

When GA pilots are finishing training, they often look around and say "what now?". The structured environment is gone, the goal achieved. A friend recently published a book that provides some suggestions for that situation. Related posts: Where Are the Armed Pilots? Here’s a recent Washington Times editorial by Boeing 737 captain... St. Show More Summary

He’s One of Us Now

To run an organization effectively, it must be understand it inside and out by those at the top. Unfortunately, few if any of the executives at the FAA are pilots. But that changed recently and it's a good thing for general aviation. Related posts: Checkrides with the FAA: Myth vs. Show More Summary

Who’s the Best Pilot?

"Who's the best pilot you ever saw?" That famous line from The Right Stuff inspired me to ask what constitutes a great pilot in the real world. Related posts: The Contract Pilot As much as one may love flying, it can be... Multi-Pilot...Show More Summary

The Real Problem with LAX

A Los Angeles-based news outlet asked for my thoughts on how to "fix LAX". Many Angelinos are probably wondering how to do that, too. Unfortunately, the real problem with the airport isn't the airport at all. It's much larger and has...Show More Summary

A Self-Evident Solution

While the FAA employs many quality individuals, as a whole, the agency seems to be falling apart on us. Here are several examples of how FAA policies are hurting GA and how the trend can be reversed. Related posts: The Journey of a Thousand...Show More Summary

Teaching a Homeless Man to Fly

A fellow pilot recently wrote about teaching a homeless man to fly. His post reminded me that I once did the same thing, and in the process learned a valuable lesson about how we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to achievingShow More Summary

Upset Recovery Training: Not Just a Fad

Upset recovery training is a big industry buzzword. Is it really a worthwhile investment of a pilot's time and money, or is this just the latest safety fad? And what's the difference between "upset recovery" and "aerobatics" anyway? Related posts: Will This Thing Roll? You know you've thought about it. Show More Summary

A Ball of Blue

NATS, the British ATC entity, recently published a video modeling a day's air traffic over southern England. It's an impressive technical achievement, but it left me feeling sad about what's missing from the skies over there. Related...Show More Summary

Who’s the Best?

You probably remember that scene from Top Gun where Tom Cruise scans a briefing room full of hot-shot pilots during his first day at the famous Naval Fighter Weapons School and wonders "who the best is". Top Gun was a fictional tale, of course... Show More Summary

ADS-B: Now or Later?

Whether you're flying a Cherokee or a Challenger, the ADS-B equipment mandate is looming larger with every passing month. The question aircraft owners are starting to ask is: should I bite the bullet now, or wait until closer to 2020?...Show More Summary

Liability: The Price We Pay

Liability concerns are a major expense and motivator for many industries. That's why Superman costumes come with warnings that "the cape does not enable the wearer to fly", Zippo cautions the user not to ignite the lighter in your face, and irons are sold with tags advising against ironing clothes while they're being worn. Show More Summary

Gulfstream’s New G500 & G600

It's Christmas for airplane geeks: the wrapping has finally come off the shiny new multi-million dollar toys from those aerodynamic elves at Gulfstream! Here are my thoughts about today's big reveal of the G500 and G600 business jets. Related...Show More Summary

P42: The Mystery Ship

Something new is brewing on the eastern shore of Georgia, and it's going to make a big splash in the aerospace industry soon. Thousands of people on the inside know what it is, but for years the vault door has remained firmly -- and admirably -- closed. Show More Summary

Drones? Meh.

Drones are the big thing in aviation right now, the growth sector of our industry if ever there was one. But despite the many practical uses for these miniature aircraft, I find it difficult to get excited about them. Am I the only one...Show More Summary

Time is Money

Everyone's heard the phrase "time is money". Nothing proves the point better that business aviation, and a recent trip with some retail executives once again reinforced that point as we achieved what would have been impossible with any...Show More Summary

No Apologies

Aviators can be an ambitious lot. We want to go places (no pun intended), and feel like we should always be progressing toward larger airplanes, new ratings, more hours. Sometimes I'll hear an aviator speak in apologetic terms about their flying because they "only" fly this or that. Show More Summary

The Ab Initio Flaw

Thus far, airline ab initio programs haven't been a major part of the landscape here in the U.S. because our aviation sector is fairly robust. We are blessed with flying jobs which build the experience, skill, and time necessary for larger, more complex aircraft. Show More Summary

Nashville

Nashville brings to mind country music and the Grand Ol' Opry, but it's also home to classic Greek architecture, Vanderbilt University, and some of the country's finest barbeque. I just got back from a quick trip to the "Athens of the...Show More Summary

Takeoff Briefings for Singles

Things happen quickly when the engine quits at low altitude. Doesn't it makes sense that the time to prepare for emergent situations is before they occur? If the answer is yes, then I wonder why takeoff briefings are not typically taught or performed in single-engine airplanes. Show More Summary

We Don’t Train For That

Corporate & charter flying is already pretty safe, but I believe we can do even better. Perhaps instead of focusing primarily engine failures, we ought to look at the things that are causing accidents for a particular aircraft type and add them to a database of training scenarios which can be enacted in the simulator without prior notice. Show More Summary

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