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Hanging Separately on Medical Reform

Ben Franklin once said we should all hang together lest we all hang separately. He was talking about the Revolution, but the same can be said of aviation. Too bad the Air Line Pilots Association didn't get the memo. Read more ? Related...Show More Summary

Cold n low

I went on a quick trip around the circuit to maintain my currency in the Pa28. I noted that it had been 83 days since I had last flown an Archer and 57 days since I had last flown at all. The weather was damp but light winds and excellent visibility. Show More Summary

NOTAMs: A Broken System

Culling through NOTAMs is like having dental work done without Novocain: it's unnecessarily painful. There are better ways to serve up important flight data, ones that save both time and money. So why aren't we using them? Read more ? Related posts: To Brief or Not to Brief A U.S. Show More Summary

The Sim Credit Debate

The FAA wants to double the amount of sim time which can be credited toward an instrument rating, but a negative comment on their proposal temporarily derailed the effort. So who's right? Read more ? Related posts: The Pitch/Power Debate: It’s the Trim, Stupid "Pitch vs. Show More Summary

What Not To Do When You Register an Aircraft Owned by an LLC

These days more and more people are using LLC's to own aircraft. Liability, organizational and tax benefits all make this entity an attractive option for aircraft ownership. However, when you register an aircraft owned by an LLC with the FAA, you need to make sure you give the FAA what it needs. Show More Summary

Summer Photos, 2015

I know, I know... no blog updates lately. Mostly this has been due to time spent on the forthcoming Concise Guide to the Citation Mustang, coming to the iBooks Store by the end of summer. For now, here are some photos that I hope you'll enjoy. Show More Summary

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

Watch This

Thanks to the generosity of an instrument student, I recently got the chance to test drive an Apple Watch for a couple of days. There's been a lot of buzz generated around these devices, created primarily by product scarcity and from Apple fanboys to ardent MacOS/iOS detractors, there has been no shortage of predictions and opinions. 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

Now thats fast!

The Aero Club put on a small cross country trip with about 7 aircraft in all. I flew a couple of legs in JGP but one from Tokoroa to Tauranga was downwind. That leg took us 29 minutes to fly 37nm, from engine start to shutdown. During...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


After 12 years of soaring, I have decided to stop, at least for now. If circumstances change, maybe I’ll return, but not in the foreseeable future. I probably owe an explanation to my readers and friends in aviation, so here goes.No,...Show More Summary

Kludge + Indirection = Confusion

Perhaps it was living through The Great Depression that inspired my grandfather to concoct one of his favorite sayings: Patch by patch is neighborly, but patch upon patch is beggarly. And "patch upon patch" certainly comes to mind when considering how the FAA disseminates charts and makes changes to important data. 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

When Are Fees "Incurred" Under EAJA?

If the FAA pursues an enforcement or civil penalty action against you and then loses, the the Equal Access to Justice Act (

Diagnose this: rough engine on approach

Can you diagnose this airplane engine problem? #flying Continue reading ?

Hiatus and Return

I took a six month break from flying — basically, work, a long wait for new fuel caps at my annual, and a family vacation in London (UK) got in the way. I also managed to prove the third rule … Continue reading ?

Search and Rescue near Algonquin Park

I had an unusual experience this morning flying home from Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa with my dog, Paisley. Three separate high-altitude jets heard an ELT signal at a point along my route about 20 miles south of North Bay. … Continue reading ?

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