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So much fun

I'm still trying to look at that new thing to do to expand my horizons and to keep myself on that learning curve. This time it's a type rating in the Alpha R2160. While I have flown them previously in forced landing competitions, it wasn't really a type rating sort of flight. 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 Central Area Rally

It's a fancy name for the regional flying competition, this year held in Hawera. I was asked to be Chief Ground Judge so I tagged along with the rest of the Waikato Aero Club competitors. Competitor Evan and I flew down in JGP. I was PIC for this leg, we'd planned to fly direct to Hawera from Hamilton but the Taranaki weather had other ideas. 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

2016 Aero Club Competition

They came and went, we were blessed with two glorious days of flying. I competed in the Forced Landings and Liferaft Drop, where my dispatcher Andrew and I were defending our title. The twist this time was that Andrew now has his PPL so for the first time ever I got to dispatch rather than fly. Show More Summary

As Long As You Hold An Airman Certificate You Must Report Motor Vehicle Actions To The FAA

If you hold an airman certificate you know, or at least you should know, that you are subject to the reporting requirements of 14 C.F.R.

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

Waiver of Emergency Procedures in an NTSB Appeal Will Not Cure a Missed Deadline

Since the FAA began implementing its new compliance philosophy last year, fewer case are being appealed to the NTSB. However, it appears that the cases that are being appealed the most are emergency orders of either suspension or revocation. 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

So you want to learn to fly?

Wow! 10 years since I passed my PPL checkride. Instead of looking back at the last decade of flying, I thought I would use my wisdom (yeah right) to dispel a few myths about making that fateful first decision.Frequently asked questions.1) Can I learn to fly?Most people are capable of learning to fly to a safe PPL standard. Show More Summary

What's the Difference Between "Wet" and "Dry" Aircraft Leases?

Have you ever wondered what someone means when they refer to a "wet" versus a "dry" aircraft lease? Many people think it has something to do with whether the aircraft is being leased with or without fuel. However, fuel actually has nothing...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

Near Bird Strike

Following a recent flight, the obligatory video debrief took place. In searching for something worthy of posting, I was shocked to find that just before landing, we came very close to a bird strike. Since we were literally in the flare,...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

Cloudsurfing In N62TB

Saturday was supposed to be CAVU in our neck of the woods. And it was. Sort of. If you went northwest, you couldn't find a cloud. But over the Home Base, there was a thin layer from about 2700 to 3000 MSL.In other words: Perfect. For. 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

Drone Operators Are Subject To FAA Enforcement

If you operate an unmanned aircraft system ("UAS") or drone, you should be aware that your operation of the drone is subject to FAA enforcement. What does that mean? Well, for a discussion of FAA enforcement as it applies to UAS or drone operations, please read my latest article on the subject: Drone Operators Beware: Drone Operations Are Subject To FAA Enforcement.

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