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Blog Profile / The House of Rapp


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Filed Under:Hobbies / Aviation
Posts on Regator:216
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Archived Since:April 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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

Fueling the GA Economy

Have you ever wondered why aviation fuel prices can vary by 50% or more between airports -- even ones located just a few miles from each other? EAA's Mac McClellan thinks it's because big FBOs provide lots of services and we must pay for them via higher fuel prices. Show More Summary

World Cup Trip

Just as London had the spotlight two summers ago, now it's Brazil's turn. Another trip to Salvador de Bahia recently landed on my plate, and this time it came with a ticket to a World Cup match! If only I knew more about soccer. Actually,...Show More Summary

Trust Us — We’re Professionals

The FAA has seen fit to ban all personal electronic devices from the airline cockpit, as well as strongly recommend a similar prohibition for Part 135 and 91K operators. As one who flies a fair number of overnight, long-haul flights,...Show More Summary

A Stab in the Back

We put a lot of time and effort into taking care of our flying machines. On a recent trip, I got a rude reminder that our biological machinery needs the same attention. A pulled back muscle turned into a major pain in the neck just as...Show More Summary

The Hacked Airplane

For better or worse, the relentless march of technology means we're more connected than ever, in more places than ever. For the most part that's good. We benefit from improving communication, situational awareness, and reduced pilot workload in the cockpit. Show More Summary

Back to the (Supersonic) Future

While supersonic airliners were all the rage in the 1960s, they never panned out economically because commercial airliners have to turn a profit. But business aircraft do not. They're simply tools for allowing business to be conducted. Show More Summary

User Fees for All

User fees for general aviation have been proposed -- and rejected -- over and over again for nearly two decades. Today something new is in the works: the Federal government has decided to start with the highways instead. It makes meShow More Summary

Learning to Fly — Without An Instructor?

Just how important is the instructor when it comes to learning to fly? That might be a surprising question for an CFI to ask, but the longer I teach, the more cognizant I become of the many ways in which an instructor can function as a barrier to the student's progress. Show More Summary

The Contract Pilot

As much as one may love flying, it can be a tough career choice. Many pilots struggle through the food chain only to end up discouraged, if not downright hating their job. We're all aware of the reasons: low pay, long days, little respect,...Show More Summary

Our Flying Family

People instinctively looking skyward when they hear the whine of a jet engine passing overhead; it’s in our nature to long for a place in the sky, and even though some airspace in the world may be contested, aviation can bring human beings together in impossible ways. Show More Summary

Breaking the Rules: Teaching Snap Rolls

Efficient aerobatic instruction is challenging enough when you're doing a loop, hammerhead, or Cuban. Those figures last ten or fifteen seconds. A snap roll is over in about one second, and what's happening is far more involved. So how...Show More Summary

To Pull or Not to Pull

Simulating partial panel used to be so easy: slap a cover over one or two of the instruments and let the fun begin! In an era of integrated glass panel avionics, however, it's not always so simple. Take the G1000 for example. The FAA...Show More Summary

The Red Rocket

I suppose every pilot has a catalog of "dream aircraft" they'd like to fly before their gravity-defying days are over. My bucket list includes a quirky looking homebuilt called the Questair Venture. The Venture conjures up a unique set of images: blistering speed, eggs, air racing, and more than a crash or two. Show More Summary

Solo: The Abandoned Column

No matter how dog-eared and scuffed it may get, an aviator's logbook is invariably one of his or her most prized possessions, the decimal-based journal of a life lived in the clouds. Yet in this venerated document, there's one quirky...Show More Summary

Battling the Hydra

General aviation desperately needs stability. Instead, we are faced with a governmental Lernaean Hydra, an organism essentially at war with itself. One part of this mythic creature offers us reduced regulation and cost, while the other threatens to smash whole segments of the GA ecosystem into oblivion. Show More Summary

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

AOPA and EAA suggested a slight expansion of the sport pilot medical exemption. Congress got a hold of that idea and took it to the next level, and is considering eliminating formal medical certification for most private pilots. Is this...Show More Summary

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