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You're a Professional CFI if ...

You have memorized most of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations without ever intending to do so.When asked a question, you can provide three different answers, all of which are correct.Pilots seek you out to ask your advice, then...Show More Summary


Nashville brings to mind country music and the Grand Ol' Opry, but it's also home to classic Greek architecture, Vanderbilt University, and some of the country's finest barbeque. I just got back from a quick trip to the "Athens of the...Show More Summary

FAA Confirms Barter May Be Used For Aircraft Rental And Expense.

What happens when you don't have cash to spend on aircraft rental or expenses, but you do have a service or something else that would be of value to the aircraft owner or operator? Can you barter your services for use of the aircraft? The FAA recently answered these questions in the affirmative. Show More Summary

Takeoff Briefings for Singles

Things happen quickly when the engine quits at low altitude. Doesn't it makes sense that the time to prepare for emergent situations is before they occur? If the answer is yes, then I wonder why takeoff briefings are not typically taught or performed in single-engine airplanes. Show More Summary

We Don’t Train For That

Corporate & charter flying is already pretty safe, but I believe we can do even better. Perhaps instead of focusing primarily engine failures, we ought to look at the things that are causing accidents for a particular aircraft type and add them to a database of training scenarios which can be enacted in the simulator without prior notice. Show More Summary

Pilotage in a Digital Age

When was the last time you were lost in a General Aviation aircraft? The thought of it is quite frightening. However, not too long ago it was not that uncommon to be "lost" or as I would prefer to say...

The Latest

Your humble narrator remains engaged in the aviation business. Just not writing about it here. However, the thought occurred to me today, as the latest adventure with the Dadster was forming, that the office IT staff must think there's a crazy man occupying my terminal. Show More Summary

5 Years

I recently thought I've been stuck flying around the airport and the local region too long, so a cross country was needed. Ardmore is close enough to not be extremely expensive and is far enough away to be interesting, so I'll fly up there to meet a friend on Thursday weather and aircraft serviceability notwithstanding. Show More Summary

Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Review

As a pilot and father to twin four year old's the opening weekend of Planes: Fire & Rescue, the second movie in the Planes Trilogy, was a day we have been looking forward too for some time to come. A...

Fueling the GA Economy

Have you ever wondered why aviation fuel prices can vary by 50% or more between airports -- even ones located just a few miles from each other? EAA's Mac McClellan thinks it's because big FBOs provide lots of services and we must pay for them via higher fuel prices. Show More Summary

World Cup Trip

Just as London had the spotlight two summers ago, now it's Brazil's turn. Another trip to Salvador de Bahia recently landed on my plate, and this time it came with a ticket to a World Cup match! If only I knew more about soccer. Actually,...Show More Summary

Staying Concise, Staying Solvent

Flight instruction has been a bit SLOw for me over the last month, but the good news is that gave me time to get to some neglected writing projects. Loyal readers may recall that when I released my first iBook a little over two years ago, I mentioned plans to do a whole concise series. Show More Summary

10 years...

I've just realized that on 5 June 2014, I've officially been flying for 10 years.Some brief recollections over the past 10 years and 230+ hours. This comes straight from my memory and I have not gone back and read old posts, but I am glad there is a record of my flying which gives so much more detail than a few words written in my logbook. Show More Summary

Flight Training At Its Best: Al Waterloo

It seems every aviation site and magazine continues to discuss how Flight Training is broken. Travis Ammon of Simple Flight wrote an interesting post, "Lets Quit the Blame Game" earlier this year about how the industry needs to stop focusing...

Is Unknown Ingestion A Valid Defense To A Positive Drug Test Result.?

What happens if you take a drug test and end up with a positive result, but you never took any drugs? Can you convince the FAA not to revoke all of your certificates if you tell them you don't know how the drug metabolites ended up in...Show More Summary

Trust Us — We’re Professionals

The FAA has seen fit to ban all personal electronic devices from the airline cockpit, as well as strongly recommend a similar prohibition for Part 135 and 91K operators. As one who flies a fair number of overnight, long-haul flights,...Show More Summary

A Stab in the Back

We put a lot of time and effort into taking care of our flying machines. On a recent trip, I got a rude reminder that our biological machinery needs the same attention. A pulled back muscle turned into a major pain in the neck just as...Show More Summary

End of an Era: Orange County Soaring Association merging into Cypress Soaring Inc.

As many of you know, Orange County Soaring Association declined significantly in membership and operations after the closure of Hemet to gliding and again after the grounding of the Blanik fleet. I have not written much about this decline in my blog, but frequent readers have probably figured it out by reading between the lines. Show More Summary

Sorry, been awol

I left you all hanging for the second part of my trip to Warbirds over Wanaka.I apologise profusely, but there are some mitigating circumstances. My photos of the event came out pretty damn poorly. This is partly my fault for havingShow More Summary

No news is ...

Greeting from the California Central Coast!The dust is beginning to settle from our recent move and rumor are that I'll begin instructing at the San Luis Obispo Airport later today. Any airplane flies the same way regardless of your location, but the environment is different here. Show More Summary

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