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Near Bird Strike

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

Podcast Quartet

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

Blurred Lines

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

Cloudsurfing In N62TB

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

Manual Flying Skills: Keep ‘Em Sharp

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

Drone Operators Are Subject To FAA Enforcement

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.

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

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