Blog Profile / The House of Rapp


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Archived Since:April 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A Better, Safer Airline Cockpit

Airspeeds, altitudes, attitudes, pressures, temperatures... airplanes have many limitations, and nobody would advocate exceeding any of them. So why don't we give the humans who operate this equipment the same consideration? Read more...Show More Summary

The Spiral Dive Conundrum

Over 40 percent of GA fatal accidents occurred because pilots lost control of their airplanes, and a spiral dive is sometimes part of the final moments. How do we accurately train for such a hazardous situation? Read more ? Related posts: The Pitch/Power Debate: It’s the Trim, Stupid "Pitch vs. Show More Summary

Ten Aviation Blogs Worth Reading

Quality writing deserves recognition, don't you think? A fellow writer prompted me to list ten of my favorite aviation blogs... Read more ? Related posts: Aviation Blogs I’ve added some new aviation-related blogs to my links page.... Housing...Show More Summary

Every Airplane Has a Story

Airplanes are so much more than a collection of parts. They're a collection of stories, each one worth the telling. We just need to start writing them down. Read more ? Related posts: The Hacked Airplane For better or worse, the relentless...Show More Summary

Step One

Everyone knows the first step of recovering from addiction is admitting you have a problem. We in the aviation world have a dangerous addiction of our own: the crutch of technology. Read more ? Related posts: Stick & Rudder Skills Are...Show More Summary

The Weakest Link

Statistically, pilots are the cause of about 90% of all accidents. If we're the weakest link, would aviation safety be better served by removing us from the cockpit? Read more ? Related posts: The Missing Link in Flight Simulation Several...Show More Summary

Do Something!

Instead of keeping their powder dry, the Germanwings crash will undoubtedly prompt politicians to "do something". That has many pilots -- myself included -- concerned. Read more ? Related posts: Time for a Shakeup Flying is a considerably...Show More Summary

How Far is Far Enough?

The latest crop of long-range business aircraft have the ability to traverse most of the world's routes non-stop. For those which remain out of reach, I muse about whether the added range is worth pursuing in an environment of diminishing returns. Show More Summary

The Unintentional Aerobat

Do you think it's possible to fly aerobatics without awareness of it? Not only is it possible -- it's quite common. I've seen it done in every kind of airplane, from little Cubs to large-cabin Gulfstreams. Read more ? Related posts: Gyroscopic Precession Gyroscopic precession is not well-understood by most aviators... Show More Summary

Flying Backwards

If safety is paramount in aviation, why do the least experienced professional pilots sometimes fly the most challenging aircraft and profiles? Why do the newest instructors teach the most difficult courses? Isn't that backwards? Read...Show More Summary

Twenty Years and Counting

In the greater scheme of life and history, twenty years is an insignificant blip. But for a web site, two decades takes you back to the very beginning of the World Wide Web. Let's reminisce.... Read more ? Related posts: Insanely Great...Show More Summary

All Work & No Play

Flying is fun -- that's why we got hooked in the first place. But flying for a living can easily suck the life out of your aviation passion... if you let it. Related posts: See & Avoid: Does It Work? Collision avoidance is a deadly serious topic. Show More Summary

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

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