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