Speed-to-fly is a concept traditionally limited to the glider pilots. But the physics apply to all aircraft, and with the advent of computer technology in the cockpit, it's possible to augment the traditional "best glide" speed and truly maximize our engine-out performance.
It was the Waikato Aero Clubs turn to host a leg of the Air Safari as I said previously. I signed up to volunteer my services as needed, and it turned out I was going to participate in the Air Safari to an extent further than I'd expected. Show More Summary
Physical failure of a prop blade or hub in flight is far more likely to kill you than an engine failure. So why do many pilots ignore the relatively infrequent maintenance needed by their constant-speed propeller?
Most pilots are familiar with the $100 Hamburger. This past week though I enjoyed my first $82.50 PB&J. For months I have been trying to think of ways to find more time for flying. Recently, I started wondering whether I...
It's been quite a while since I have posted... and over two months since I have flown. January weekends were busy with family and organization commitments, and the weather was not so great. Then in February we had a death and two births in my immediate family, so weekends were again taken up. Show More Summary
The FAA's proposed tower closure list hits Southern California airports particularly hard. Let's look at some numbers and see if this makes sense.
So AOPA has been concerned about the future of GA for some time, but it seems they didn't see this one coming. For those still doubting the effects sequestration will have on general aviation, here is a link to an Airports Council International/North...Show More Summary
Some recent photos of flying the DA42 to Shelter Cove as well as through the Sierra Nevada and the Trinity Alps area. Approaching Shelter Cove from the southwest. They call it the Lost Coast for a reason. Dog-leg final, RWY 30. Short...Show More Summary
I'm often asked if an Instrument Proficiency Check can double as a flight review. Unfortunately, it can't. Here's why.
As the US government marches inexorably toward sequestration, this might be a good time to pause and see how across-the-board cuts could affect GA. Work on capital improvements (like the new, unified control tower at the Oakland airport) could slow or stop completely. Show More Summary
Sporty's recently released their Complete Instrument Rating Course as an app for Apple's iPad and iPhone. The app takes DVDs full of content and makes it portable so you that spare time can turn into aviation training opportunities. I recently...
Flying's always an adventure -- especially when it's a coast-to-coast trip in a light aircraft!
I realized recently that 2013 is the clubs 80th birthday. Wow! Although the club has not been in continuous operation (there were a few years the club was in recess during WW2) it's still a fairly long time to be in the business of training pilots. Show More Summary
I am proud to announce my participation in the creation of the first ever Flying Club Scholarship. It all started several months ago I had the opportunity to join Marc Epner and Al Waterloo, hosts of Simple Flight Radio, for...
The Monty Python-esque TSA strike again! In this episode, they confiscate my security badge, lose it, and then fine me for not having it available for renewal.
If you are an instrument rated pilot, you know that you have to be "current" in order to legally exercise the privileges of the instrument rating as pilot in command. Specifically, in order to act as pilot in command of an instrument flight FAR
As pilots, it's worth remembering that virtually all aircraft contain computerized devices, even if they're just portable ones. They're everywhere, and they record things that can come back to haunt us later.
January 2013 Flying, a set on Flickr. Some random photos from the last few weeks of flying and instructing.
Nine States, four aircraft and nearly 40 hours of flying capped of a spectacular 2012. Just two years ago I logged the fewest hours since earning my license in 2004 with just 6.2 hours. About that time I joined the...
AOPA just published an article and video about some tailwheel flying I did with Managing Editor Alyssa Miller to complete her tailwheel endorsement.