The Christmas season is upon us, and while it's doubtful I deserve much more than a lump of coal, that hasn't stopped me from salivating over a piece of aviation art from a Torrance-based company called Motoart. No related posts.
The stick-and-rudder skill deficiencies in today's pilots didn't start today. It began years ago when they were learning how to fly. Fixing it will require a journey into the past. It's time to get back to basics, and you won't cover...Show More Summary
Back in 2009, prior to the release of the first iPad, I was using my iPhone as an electronic flight bag (EFB), albeit in a limited way. It was an exciting time and because everyone knew the iPhone's screen was just too small to function as an EFB, we suspected it was just a matter of time before Apple would release a tablet. Show More Summary
One of the challenges of professional instructing is keeping up with all the changes that occur to regulations, practical test standards, airworthiness issues and so on. An instrument student recently installed a Garmin GTN650 GPS in...Show More Summary
Brazil has long been on my mental "bucket list" of places to visit. Not only is it one of the world's largest countries both geographically and by population -- fifth on both counts -- but it's also the center of attention right now because they are hosting 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Show More Summary
Dutch pilot Jaap Rademaker recently landed his Foxbat A-22 on the deck of a new kind of cargo ship which features a completely flat top deck. The resulting video has been making the rounds on the internet, and was recently picked up by AOPA. Show More Summary
Sunrise Aviation recently announced an annual aerobatic scholarship in memory of Reinaldo Beyer, an outstanding aerobatic pilot, judge, and physician. I think this might be of interest given that my previous post on aviation scholarships has proven to be one of the most popular on the site. Show More Summary
It's been a while since I wrote the first part of this series. Apologies for the delay... The late Captain Beefheart once told an interviewer that as a kid, he learned the most about playing harmonica by simply holding one out the window of a moving car and listening to it sing in the wind. Show More Summary
Are you a mechanic who works as a mechanic but also flies for a living? If so, you should be aware of and understand the flight/duty time challenges you face in that situation. For a discussion of those limitations, please read my latest article on the subject Wearing Two Hats: Limitations Of A Flying Mechanic.
In a world full of world records, endurance -- or "time aloft" -- has always fascinated me. Within that realm, there's one particularly compelling story that even many pilots don't know about. The technology used for this record-setting flight was off-the-shelf, unremarkable. Show More Summary
Several months ago I mused about the how ever-advancing computer technology has led to a marked improvement in simulators for the light GA market. Reader Keith Smith later alerted me to a corresponding service he had developed called PilotEdge. Show More Summary
Not sure I could handle the adrenaline rush...
After forty-seven years of service, the very first Gulfstream jet was recently retired. This aircraft has a unique and fascinating history with the old Grumman Iron Works and her longtime owner. She's been donate to a museum, and I can't...Show More Summary
After a rocky start, Jeppesen has released version 1.1.4 of their Mobile FlightDeck VFR app for the iPad that they claim addresses iOS 7 incompatibilities. I learned of this, not via email from Jeppesen, but by happenstance: I noticed the AppStore showed an update was available. Show More Summary
Headsets are the Rodney Dangerfield of aviation. They get no respect -- at least, not until an otherwise pleasant is ruined by a throbbing headache brought on by the weight and clamping force exerted by a cheap, beat-up, or poor-fitting unit. Show More Summary
Reading other blogs and internet forums it seems to me that the New Zealand club competitions are fairly unique in the range of competitive flying events available. I have read other countries only do aerobatics, circuits or spot landings.Whatever...Show More Summary
Do you ever get the feeling that you were born in the wrong era? I do. It's ironic because I have a natural affinity for computerized devices and other high-tech elements. Nevertheless, they don't hold a candle to the mechanical brilliance...Show More Summary
Propellerhead. Well done Barry, you bested me in the Senior Landings, I owe you a beer the next time we meet at the bar.I placed 3rd in Gents Circuits, 2nd in Senior Bombing, and won the Senior Forced Landings, and I along with dispatcher Andrew successfully defended our Liferaft Drop Title. Show More Summary
With a student dropout rate of 80%, something's clearly not right in the flight training sector. Cost and CFIs are the usual suspects, but in my opinion there's a third-rail here: the student and their attitude toward training. Those...Show More Summary
After a somewhat rocky start downloading data to Mobile FlightDeck VFR, I thought I'd gotten through the rough patches. Unfortunately, my in-air use of Mobile FlightDeck VFR can be described in three words: Kahboom, kahboom, kahboom. My...Show More Summary