Blog Profile / The House of Rapp


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Archived Since:April 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Fuelish Decisions

For the charter/corporate pilot, determining if, when, how much, and where to purchase fuel can be rather complex... and getting it wrong can cost a fortune. Here's a look at the decision-making process. Read more ? Related posts: Fueling...Show More Summary

The Longest Day

Over the years, business aircraft have evolved dramatically in terms of their range. That's wonderful for the passengers, but for the crew it presents some serious safety hazards which must be dealt with. Read more ? Related posts: How...Show More Summary

The Circular Runway

Ah, the circular runway -- it seems to be all the rage with academics. In the real world, I see a few problems with this concept. Read more ? Related posts: Runway Incursions An Associated Press story entitled “LAX ranks at top for... New Phraseology During Runway Construction Hold short, short approach, short runway. Show More Summary

The Engine That Could

I've always been fond of Rolls-Royce engines. They were the beating heart of our most iconic warbirds, and even today are propelling the finest business jets on Earth. But there's one particular Rolls product which has outlived all the others... Show More Summary

Aircraft Security: Serious Business

In our post 9/11 world, aircraft security is no joke. So when you travel to small airports, third world countries, and other out-of-the-way places, how does one keep a bright, shiny business jet secure when it's sitting on the ground?...Show More Summary

The Differences Training Difference

Each flying job requires a unique set of skills. Failure to heed the small differences can lead to big accidents, and sometimes that failure goes back to the pilot's training -- or lack thereof. Read more ? Related posts: The Key toShow More Summary

A License to Learn

When a newly minted pilot receives his or her temporary pilot certificate after a successful checkride, the examiner often refers to this piece of paper as a "license to learn". Nearly twenty years into my flying career, does this aphorism...Show More Summary

A Pioneer Goes West

Apparently Arnold Palmer played golf. Who knew? I thought he was just a pioneer in the world of business aviation... Read more ? Related posts: Bill Kershner Goes West Saying goodbye to Bill Kershner, a legend in aerobatic and... West...Show More Summary

The Accidental Solo

A first solo flight is always a memorable experience for both student and instructor, but there are a few that stick out in my memory than others. For example, when you solo accidentally... Read more ? Related posts: “Am I Nervous?”:...Show More Summary

We’re All Instructors

Every pilot is a flight instructor, whether they know it or not. I make the case for recognizing that fact and acting accordingly when flying. Read more ? Related posts: Learning to Fly — Without An Instructor? Just how important is the instructor when it comes to... ATP Total CFI Program Day 12 Not much to report on day twelve. Show More Summary

Two Airplanes in One

Business jets offer the opportunity not only to fly to many interesting places, but to do so at widely varying weights and conditions. As a result, your trusty flying machine can be a blazing thoroughbred one day and a dehydrated mule the next. Show More Summary

I Go to Extremes

Summer is here, and it's got me thinking about important temperature limits for airplanes -- and the pilots who fly them. Read more ? Related posts: Limitations Analysis of a Hawker 800XP accident which occurred when the... C-130 Bird Strike C-130 goes mano-a-mano against an Eagle. Show More Summary

Leasebacks: Doing It Right

I've learned that big jets and light GA aircraft are more similar than it first appears. That goes for the planes themselves and the sometimes painful challenges of owning them. Read more ? Related posts: Time is Money Everyone's heard the phrase "time is money". Show More Summary

The Perception of Value

Everyone in the GA world would love to see more people learning to fly. But when we encourage folks with other priorities to adopt our own perception of aviation's value, are we doing them a favor or simply setting them up for failure?...Show More Summary

Podcast Quartet

Yours truly has been featured in four prominent aviation podcasts; here are links to each of episodes and a little bit about the folks behind the broadcasts. Read more ? Related posts: KFI AM 640 The last episode of Seinfeld is tomorrow. Show More Summary

Blurred Lines

The advent of smartphones and apps has led to a variety of creative new businesses which are reinventing how we shop, work, and communicate. They’re also changing how we travel by bringing private aviation to the masses. Read more ? Related...Show More Summary

Manual Flying Skills: Keep ‘Em Sharp

Automation and high-tech equipment can certainly make flying safer. But it can also allow our manual flying skills to deteriorate, and --even worse -- mask the deficiency altogether until the day those skills are suddenly needed. Read...Show More Summary

The Ultimate Aviation Enthusiasts

Who are the aviation industry's most ardent enthusiasts? Builders? Pilots? Aeronautical engineers? I think the answer is "none of the above". Instead, it might very well be a group of people who are outside the airport fence. Here's the fascinating story of one such individual. Show More Summary

Bedford and the Normalization of Deviance

The NTSB report on the Bedford G-IV crash has been released, and "pilot error" doesn't even begin to describe it. How do respected, well-trained, experienced pilots screw up so badly? And could it ever happen to us? Sadly, the answer is "yes". Show More Summary

“I Don’t Work for You!”: A True Story

Pilots who want to hire on with a major airline will tell you it's not necessarily easy. But you know what's even harder? Trying to quit! Here's a true story about a friend who tried to do just that -- and couldn't. Read more ? Related posts: United Airlines Out of Bankruptcy To quote Frank Costanza, “I’m back, baby!”. Show More Summary

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