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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

The Type-Rating Experience

Direct Seal Beach, when able... "70 knots... V1." My right hand moves from the throttles to the control yoke. "92 knots, rotate." Hauling back on the yoke, pitching up 12 degrees, I notice the primary flight display has suddenly gone dark. 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

Best Wishes for 2015

Hi everyone, and welcome to 2015. To think that this blog is more than 10 years old is quite mind boggling, but I am still here and getting up in the air whenever I can.The 2014 review: Last year I said:1) Flight in the twin (or theShow More Summary

"Cheesesteak One"

January 2, 2015 dawned sunny and clear. The mission was simple: Settle for ourselves the age-old question of which Philadelphia institution makes the better cheesesteak: Geno's or Pat's. If you're not familiar with this South Philly culinary rivalry, check out this article in the L.A. Show More Summary

Safety Pilot Questions Answered

If you are looking to build time, or if you are simply looking for an excuse to fly more and maybe share some of the expense, one way to do that is to act as a safety pilot for another pilot in simulated instrument conditions. But with the benefits of that arrangement come certain responsibilities and limitations. Show More Summary

December 2014 Photos

As 2014 draws to a close, a brief look back at a busy month spent in Northern California, Southern California, and in between. I wish all a happy and prosperous 2015! Over the Petaluma River Approaching LA 4 Mile Final, Santa Rosa Over...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

Simple Things

Whether it's wrist watches, iPads, flash lights, kneeboards, or ADS-B receivers, pilots love gadgets. We love the features our smart phones, tables, and GPS units have to offer, but complexity comes at a cost and at the end of the day, simple things often serve us best. Show More Summary

As the silly season descends

Just a quick catch up.Three things I want to talk about.On November the 20th 2014, at 9am, I walked out and strapped on WAM for a trip around the circuit. Oh great you think, just another circuit trip, but this was no ordinary flight. 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

Should You Buy Replacement Aircraft Identification Plates on the Internet?

These days, when I want to buy something, aviation related or otherwise, usually the first place I look is the internet. It is amazing what you can find and buy from the convenience of your computer. However, what happens is you need...Show More Summary

November 2014 Photos

Night approach, Hayward Beneath a Tupperware sky Between layers, near Healdsburg CFI's lunch, Crixa Style! Cruising on a whole different level Night approach over the East Bay During egine out practice, smiling is optional AdjustingShow More Summary

Back in the (small) saddle

Due to the transition into the new club, I had not flown the PW5 since June. First I needed to get checked out in the club's "A1" level ship, the Krosno. Then I needed a ground checkout with an instructor to be able to fly the "A2" level (single-seat) gliders. Show More Summary

First flight in PW6

The club has a PW6, the two-seat version of the PW5 I have flown for many years. The club ships are categorized by performance and complexity, and the PW6 is in a higher category than the Krosno I recently got checked out in, so in order to fly it I need to go through another pair of instructor flights. Show 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

Frying without a Skillet

There has always been (and probably always will be) a group of less proficient pilots who key the mic and take up valuable air time as they natter on, collecting their thoughts as they go, talking to ATC in an oddly conversational style. Show More Summary

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