Blog Profile / The House of Rapp


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Archived Since:April 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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

Different Strokes

Many of us have encountered pilots with a militant, "my-way-or-the-highway" attitude toward flying. I prefer to be a little more open to other ways of doing things. Here's why. Read more ? Related posts: Takeoff Briefings for Singles...Show More Summary

The Reluctant Instructor

The "1500 hour rule" is a well-known barrier for aspiring airline pilots. What nobody seems to be talking about is the detrimental effect it will have on the flight instructor community. Read more ? Related posts: Learning to Fly — Without...Show More Summary

A Tragic Pile of Twisted Metal

What's worse than having your pride-and-joy destroyed in an accident? Obliterating it yourself... on purpose. Welcome to the world of 21st century liability concerns. The real losers: our children. Read more ? Related posts: Multi-Pilot...Show More Summary

What a Country!

Many people aspire to travel internationally. It looks glamorous. Feels that way too -- sometimes. But from a pilot's perspective, there are plenty of things about flying abroad that make me realize how good we have it here at home.Show More Summary

Daddy’s Copilot

The Rapp family recently got a little bigger! A few thoughts about daddy's little copilot and how he's charting a new flight plan for our lives... Read more ? Related posts: The Good Life To me, flying is The Good Life, even when you're... C-130 Bird Strike C-130 goes mano-a-mano against an Eagle. Show More Summary

Perspectives on GA Safety

The safety record for private, Part 91 flying is significantly worse than that of charter and airline operators. Call me crazy, but I'd argue that this is actually a good thing. Here's why. Read more ? Related posts: Highway vs. Aviation...Show More Summary

Special Mission Aircraft

I recently encountered a uniquely modified aircraft in Hawaii that got me thinking about how business jets serve millions of people who never get to ride in them and are probably not even aware of their existence. Even in the GA community,...Show More Summary

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