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Digiatl trip

H ere is a short video from a Toussus -> Pont-sur-Yonne -> Toussus flight. You'll see some castles, some colourful Yonne river meanders, the city of Fontainebleau and its famous forest and finally the Ferté Alais airfield with vintage aircrafts of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis.

Factor 10

T hree years ago precisely, I was passenger of a Boeing 777 between Paris CDG and New-York JFK airport. Around 20 minutes after take-off we reached the European continent's border, ready to cross the Northern Atlantic area to join the United States. Show More Summary

Passenger's perceptions

P assenger [noun] A traveler on a public or private conveyance other than the driver, pilot or crew. Adapted to air transportation, the passenger's role is to my opinion one of the best occupation we can find. Admiring clouds, cities...Show More Summary

Sea from the sky

A lthough strongly attracted by everything that can fly, looking at the sea remains something special ad mysteriously resourcing. As I only need to fly straight for 45 minutes from my aerodrome to join the coast, I recently spent some pleasant time following the Etretat Cliffs at 2500 feet. Show More Summary

Flying around the runways

A well known basic training exercise for student pilots is flying in the aerodrome traffic pattern, or aerodrome circuit. Without surprise, it consists in realizing a complete circuit around the aerodrome runways. The goal is makingShow More Summary

Window seat, please

T he best seats onboard an aeroplane are the window side seats! This picture is an indisputable proof. Like many dreamers, I let my eyes fixed on the outside world when I get the chance to obtain a "window seat". And the best gift is to spot another aircraft, somewhere else in the sky.However, it might not seem that exciting. Show More Summary

Choosing a field after an engine failure

W hen flying with a single engine aeroplane, we have to be prepared to the engine failure situation. In this case, the solution is an off field landing, which means gliding to a field without power.It could look like obvious but the ideal field choice is in fact a discipline included in the flying skills. Show More Summary

Over the clouds, the sun always shines

T o my eyes, one of the most attracting aspects of an air transport pilot's life is its unlimited sunshine feature!It must be really pleasant knowing that today at work you'll pass over this low winter cloud layer to join natural light in its purest state. Show More Summary

The unstable Cumulus Mediocris

We are never far from clouds when flying and with time I'm starting to really appreciate them. These large heaps of condensed water droplets are indeed excellent visual indicators for the atmosphere's mood, this so vast but so changing playground. Show More Summary

The jet engine's complexity

W hy is it so complicated to become an air transport pilot ? A glance to the right side gives us some clues. That complex thing is an aircraft's jet engine. Unfortunately, before being able to use one, we must have fully understood its principles of working. Show More Summary

The small plane's oil hatch

T he small hatch hidden on the top of the engine hood gives access to this pretty yellow cap used to probe the engine oil's quantity. In a car, the oil level remains a boring needle living on the dashboard. When preparing for a flight, we like to be convinced that our engine is in its best mood. Show More Summary

Time considerations

T his picture shows more than a sunset. It somehow figures the differences of limits between a private and a line pilot. The private pilot can generally only fly by day and he considers that once the night has arrived, he can go to sleep. Show More Summary

Flight to Dieppe

W hat would this yellow line be? It's the result of a sudden need to see the ocean. That is why I went on a plane navigation to Dieppe (in the North-West West of France) to admire Etretat cliffs from above, this impressive limit where land simply stops. Show More Summary

Spreading my wings (again, again)

Spent some time this morning reviewing FAR Part 91 and will be doing more of this after lunch. This afternoon I’ll be meeting my instructor for my flight review. Looking forward to being in the air again, even if it’ll be 100+ degrees in the cockpit when we get started! Hope to [...]

Back in the air (again!)

I could feel my pilot wings start to flutter when I looked outside on Sunday morning to see that a sea of cloudless, blue sky beckoned from above. Sunday morning marked my return to the air after a hiatus of a few months.Don’t get me wrong. The urge to fly has always been [...]

Pilot flies with her feet…amazing!

This is a great story and I wanted to share it. Armless woman earns her pilot’s certificate Be sure to watch the video. Awesome…

Oshkosh Photo Gallery

One update from Oshkosh and then dead silence. Sorry folks. As usual, I got too darn busy! I captured more than 1200 images during my three full days on the grounds at Airventure 2008. Here’s a link to a Flickr photo gallery that will slowly be updated with shots as I find time to edit/upload: Oshkosh [...]

Do Something!

Instead of keeping their powder dry, the Germanwings crash will undoubtedly prompt politicians to "do something". That has many pilots -- myself included -- concerned. Read more ? Related posts: Time for a Shakeup Flying is a considerably...Show More Summary

How Far is Far Enough?

The latest crop of long-range business aircraft have the ability to traverse most of the world's routes non-stop. For those which remain out of reach, I muse about whether the added range is worth pursuing in an environment of diminishing returns. Show More Summary

DOT Revises First Half 2015 SIFL Rates

The U.S. Department of Transportation has revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. These rates are needed in order to apply the IRS's aircraft valuation formula...Show More Summary

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