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Drones? Meh.

Drones are the big thing in aviation right now, the growth sector of our industry if ever there was one. But despite the many practical uses for these miniature aircraft, I find it difficult to get excited about them. Am I the only one...Show More Summary

September 2014 Photos

On top, near ALTAM Vicinity of FOOTO Accidental photo of aviation "giant" Dodging Cloud Tops Engine-out Practice near KCCR Found some shade... Looking for shade... Vectors KLVK ILS 25R

Time is Money

Everyone's heard the phrase "time is money". Nothing proves the point better that business aviation, and a recent trip with some retail executives once again reinforced that point as we achieved what would have been impossible with any...Show More Summary

My favourite competition

We had the club competitions recently to determine who would represent the club at the regionals. I entered my favourite competition and the one I am the defending champ, the liferaft drop. What was different this year was that we were...Show More Summary

No Apologies

Aviators can be an ambitious lot. We want to go places (no pun intended), and feel like we should always be progressing toward larger airplanes, new ratings, more hours. Sometimes I'll hear an aviator speak in apologetic terms about their flying because they "only" fly this or that. Show More Summary

Knowing When to Fold

Few myths are more enduring than the beleaguered, sleep-deprived pilot who laconically accepts the aircraft he or she is given and, without worry or fear, takes to the skies to have curious adventures. Something Dr. ATP mentioned a few...Show More Summary

Concise Guide to the DA42

After countless hours of gathering photos, writing text, editing, re-photographing, and re-writing, the Concise Guide to the DA42 is now in the hands of the iBooks reviewers and should be available for download by September 15. You can download a sample and pre-order the book now. Show More Summary

A few stats from my logbook

I just completed selling an old Blanik L13 for my club. This particular ship had been crashed, and totaled by the insurance company, but was really not damaged very much. As I wrote the final email to the buyer I mentioned that I would miss the ship, having made 75 flights in it.That made me wonder just how many flights I have made in which ships. Show More Summary

RNAV OBScurities

A few years back the editors of the Aeronautical Information Manual changed the well-written overview of GPS, which was a shame because that concise description laid the conceptual framework pilots needed to understand waypoint sequencing, turn anticipation, and how and when to suspend waypoint sequencing. Show More Summary

Us and them, measuring up

I was looking at a weather forecast from another country which shall remain nameless cough Canada cough and it was interesting to see that they use imperial measurements for pretty much everything.NZ uses a curious mixture of imperial and metric. Show More Summary

N62TB is For Sale

Somewhat reluctantly, N62TB is now up for sale. For all of the details, photos, log books, etc., please visit Thanks!

ForeFlight adds Weight & Balance

A few weeks ago, I had a discussion about flying an aircraft over gross weight and the person I was talking to seemed to be saying "It ain't no thang..." I begged to differ since there are serious hazards associated with flying an aircraft over maximum takeoff weight or out of the CG envelope. Show More Summary

The Ab Initio Flaw

Thus far, airline ab initio programs haven't been a major part of the landscape here in the U.S. because our aviation sector is fairly robust. We are blessed with flying jobs which build the experience, skill, and time necessary for larger, more complex aircraft. Show More Summary

First flight in Krosno

Those of us from OCSA who have become members of Cypress Soaring (CSI) have to get instructor signoffs to fly each category of Cypress' gliders. The starting point is the Krosno trainer. I'd seen the Krosno many times when both clubs operated at Hemet, but I had never even taken a close look at it until this weekend. Show More Summary

Dreams Take Flight at Chicago Air and WAter Show

The Chicago Air & Water Show is back for another year and better than before. In 2013 the annual airshow, the largest free airshow in the country, was missing the fire power of the military acts as a result of...

Up the Down Staircase

"Mooselips Approach, Cessna 12345, 3000 feet, request practice ILS 30 at Bison, published missed, information tango.""Cessna 12345, Mooselips Approach, Bison altimeter 3002, unable ILS 30, runway 12 in use at Bison, did you have another...Show More Summary

Blue Angels Headline 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show

The 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show will roar back to life this week. The 56th Chicago Air & Water Show will feature the return of military acts that missed last years show due to sequestration. Crowd favorites The U.S....

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

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