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Spicing things up a bit

So the club held a competition for practice forced landings. I've won the club event a couple of times, so I thought I would make things interesting. So, almost 9 years after the club acquired its Robin 2160 (aka Alpha A-160), I glided...Show More Summary

February Flying

Took N62TB out for a solo jaunt yesterday. Route of flight was 15G ? KPCW ? KCLE ? 15G. Tried to log a landing at KCLE and was cleared for the visual to 6L, but decided to cancel the landing request after a transport category jet departed 6R and created the potential for wake turbulence that wasn't worth chancing. Captured it all, and here's the highlights!

Ahead of the plane

I recently flew back to Great Barrier Island on a club trip. We had pretty much perfect flying conditions, high cloud, light breezes and excellent visibility. I got to do something I've wanted to do since my first trip to the island nearly 10 years ago, which was circumnavigate it. Show More Summary

The Ultimate Aviation Enthusiasts

Who are the aviation industry's most ardent enthusiasts? Builders? Pilots? Aeronautical engineers? I think the answer is "none of the above". Instead, it might very well be a group of people who are outside the airport fence. Here's the fascinating story of one such individual. Show More Summary

Best wishes for 2016

Hey everyone, I've been quite silent recently because I have not been doing much flying of interest, rather repeating one hour over and over.Anyways without further ado, here's the 2015 review1) A flight in a taildragger2) AerobaticShow More Summary

You won’t believe these 5 amazing tricks with your old ADF!

There is some life left in that old ADF receiver that you haven't bothered to remove from your panel yet. Continue reading ?

Bedford and the Normalization of Deviance

The NTSB report on the Bedford G-IV crash has been released, and "pilot error" doesn't even begin to describe it. How do respected, well-trained, experienced pilots screw up so badly? And could it ever happen to us? Sadly, the answer is "yes". Show More Summary

“I Don’t Work for You!”: A True Story

Pilots who want to hire on with a major airline will tell you it's not necessarily easy. But you know what's even harder? Trying to quit! Here's a true story about a friend who tried to do just that -- and couldn't. Read more ? Related posts: United Airlines Out of Bankruptcy To quote Frank Costanza, “I’m back, baby!”. Show More Summary

Delivering a New Airplane

Way Home Buying a new aircraft usually involves a trip of some length to pick up said aircraft. I recently had the pleasure of helping ferry a DA42-VI from the Diamond Factory in London, Ontario to Fresno, California with the new owners. Show More Summary

Will You Have To Register Your Drone With The FAA?

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force has met and submitted its final report to the FAA with recommendations for the creation of a drone registration process which the FAA would ultimately use to promulgate drone registration rules. Show More Summary

Different Strokes

Many of us have encountered pilots with a militant, "my-way-or-the-highway" attitude toward flying. I prefer to be a little more open to other ways of doing things. Here's why. Read more ? Related posts: Takeoff Briefings for Singles...Show More Summary

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.

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