Wow! 10 years since I passed my PPL checkride. Instead of looking back at the last decade of flying, I thought I would use my wisdom (yeah right) to dispel a few myths about making that fateful first decision.Frequently asked questions.1) Can I learn to fly?Most people are capable of learning to fly to a safe PPL standard. Show More Summary
Have you ever wondered what someone means when they refer to a "wet" versus a "dry" aircraft lease? Many people think it has something to do with whether the aircraft is being leased with or without fuel. However, fuel actually has nothing...Show More Summary
I've learned that big jets and light GA aircraft are more similar than it first appears. That goes for the planes themselves and the sometimes painful challenges of owning them. Read more ? Related posts: Time is Money Everyone's heard the phrase "time is money". Show More Summary
Everyone in the GA world would love to see more people learning to fly. But when we encourage folks with other priorities to adopt our own perception of aviation's value, are we doing them a favor or simply setting them up for failure?...Show More Summary
Following a recent flight, the obligatory video debrief took place. In searching for something worthy of posting, I was shocked to find that just before landing, we came very close to a bird strike. Since we were literally in the flare,...Show More Summary
Yours truly has been featured in four prominent aviation podcasts; here are links to each of episodes and a little bit about the folks behind the broadcasts. Read more ? Related posts: KFI AM 640 The last episode of Seinfeld is tomorrow. Show More Summary
The advent of smartphones and apps has led to a variety of creative new businesses which are reinventing how we shop, work, and communicate. They’re also changing how we travel by bringing private aviation to the masses. Read more ? Related...Show More Summary
Saturday was supposed to be CAVU in our neck of the woods. And it was. Sort of. If you went northwest, you couldn't find a cloud. But over the Home Base, there was a thin layer from about 2700 to 3000 MSL.In other words: Perfect. For. Show More Summary
Automation and high-tech equipment can certainly make flying safer. But it can also allow our manual flying skills to deteriorate, and --even worse -- mask the deficiency altogether until the day those skills are suddenly needed. Read...Show More Summary
If you operate an unmanned aircraft system ("UAS") or drone, you should be aware that your operation of the drone is subject to FAA enforcement. What does that mean? Well, for a discussion of FAA enforcement as it applies to UAS or drone operations, please read my latest article on the subject: Drone Operators Beware: Drone Operations Are Subject To FAA Enforcement.
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
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!
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
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
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
There is some life left in that old ADF receiver that you haven't bothered to remove from your panel yet. Continue reading ?
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
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
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
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