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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

Icing and sublimation

On Friday, when I was flying back from Fredericton to Ottawa, I picked up a splash of clear ice in a cloud top over Maine. I use my Outside Air Temperature (OAT) probe as an early ice detector, since thinner … Continue reading ?

Four digits

Finally passed the 1,000-hour mark in my logbook. #flying Continue reading ?

AoA, EM, and Staying Ahead

We were going fast as we descended into right downwind. For spacing, the tower controller instructed the pilot to extend downwind, adding that he would tell the pilot when to turn base. Realizing this was not a standard traffic pattern by any means, the pilot began to catch on. 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

Assembling a Redbird Simulator

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to assemble a Redbird simulator? It is a fascinating process and here are some photos that show the assembly of a CE510 Mustang simulator at the Bay City Flyers site in Hayward. Delivery truck, in position Our simulator room, carefully measured many months ago... Show More Summary

Documenting the 100-Hour Inspection

Do you know how and where the IA's sign-off for your aircraft's 100-hour inspection should be made? In the airframe logbook? In the engine logbook? In the propeller logbook? All of the above? If you aren't sure, and would like to know, you may want to read my latest article on the topic: Understanding the "What" and "Where" for Documenting Your Aircraft's Annual Inspection.

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

Williston to Jacksonville: X60-KCRG

After a delicious lunch at the Ivy House in Williston that included three or four servings of raspberry tea, we headed back to the airport for our flight home. The Williston airport is small; there was no air traffic when we arrived or when we departed. Show More Summary

Having Fun in Actual IFR Conditions

It is no secret that I love flying. In spite of this strong affection for a rather expensive hobby, my familial duties and other financial responsibilities have made it challenging to put the wind beneath my wings as often as I would like. Show More Summary

Any Safety Pilots Out There?

A few months ago, my hard drive crashed causing me to lose among other things, my entire address book. I know, I know, where was my back up? I've taken care of that now...but.So, I don't have the emails of any of my fellow pilots who have shot instrument approaches with me. Show More Summary

Spring in the Air

It has been far too long since I took to the skies. My current absence has been the longest since I soloed many years ago. While my lack of flying has caused me some distress, I have been spending my time with my family and that hasShow More Summary

FAA Wings Program

Max Trescott wrote a comment in response to my recent entry about my flight review that pointed out some of the benefits of the FAA Wings program. He wrote, "I'm glad the instructor didn't spin your plane! That would be a violation of...Show More Summary

Is it Flight Review Time Again?

As a skilled and knowledgeable pilot, I really shouldn't worry about getting a biennial flight review, but I do. The last actual BFR that I had was four years ago as I used the FAA Wings Program two years ago in lieu of a BFR. Four years...Show More Summary

The Hundred Dollar Hamburger Revisited

Ever since my father's birthday at the end of August, my weekends have been filled with chores, football games and other responsibilities that have kept me on the ground. When Christy pointed out that the Gator game this past Saturday...Show More Summary

Another one bites the dust

It is often said that doctors have a god complex. There are those who believe or at least act as though they are more powerful than God. Put such a person behind the yoke of an aircraft and people will get hurt.Yesterday, another doctor-pilot died unnecessarily and he took four innocent people with him. Show More Summary

Jackasses are contagious.

I have always been harshly critical of pilots who make stupid mistakes. Perhaps a bit too critical. I've made mistakes in the past and I have always caught them, and learned from them. Now I've made a jackass style mistake and am very...Show More Summary

42 Years In Florida, But Never A Trip To Key West...UNTIL NOW!

The weak economy caused me to reconsider the long-term prospects of working for a firm that is supported by venture capital with the end result being a job change in April. Consequently, when I married the love of my life on June 14th, I didn't have much vacation time to take to enjoy a real honeymoon. Show More Summary

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