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A Trip to Catalina

Back in August I chartered a Beneteau 43-foot sailboat for five days out of Marina del Rey in Los Angeles with Dawn, my little brother Steve, and friends Lance, Ivy, Kelly, and Rob. We did a 4-day trip to Catalina Island, and then Steve and I spent an additional night anchored up at Paradise Cove near Malibu. Show More Summary

Carbon Envy

I have only flown a handful of taildraggers in my life: the Piper PA16 Clipper, Aeronca Champ, and Bellanca Super Decathlon before I had my tailwheel endorsement, and the Cessna 170B and my club's current 1946 Piper Cub since. I look at Luscombes, Piper Pacers, and Stinson 108s on barnstormers.com all the time, but I have yet to fly any of these. Show More Summary

Boutique Airline La Compagnie Aims to Bring the Style Back to Business Class

If you find yourself flying between Paris and New York fairly often, you should definitely check out La Compagnie. The business class-only boutiqu... via JustLuxe.com

The Airfield That Time Forgot

In case you missed it, my July "Taking Wing" column recounted a Cub flight to one of my favorite airports around, Stanton Field. It's now available for free on Flying Magazine's website:Taking Wing: The Airfield That Time Forgot

Oshkosh '14

This year was my fifth time flying to "The Show." I brought in a Cessna 172 (N738FZ) in 1999 and 2010, and a Cessna 170A in 2011 and 2012. So I'm quite familiar with the VFR arrival procedure and have landed on several different runways (including the infamous tight left base to 18R that got Jack Roush). Show More Summary

Nike and Teague Team Up to Eliminate Home-Court Advantage for Traveling Athletes

We’re a week into football season and the notion of home-field advantage is already apparent—10 of the 16 season-opening wins came from home teams. So what’s that mean? It means visiting teams, be it football, basketball, hockey or ba... via JustLuxe.com

The Hazards of Going On Autopilot

An interesting New Yorker article that mirrors a lot of what I've found to be true of cockpit automation over the years:The Hazards Of Going On Autopilot - Maria Konnikova

New Futuristic $7.4M Avanti EVO Turboprop Soars at 463mph

Piaggio Aero Industries' new Avanti EVO builds on the company's Avanti II twin turboprop and brings a bunch of new improvements that not only makes it a comfier fit for passengers, but also makes i... via JustLuxe.com

Summon a Private Jet Right From Your Phone: JetSmarter is the Latest Uber of the Sky

The taxi-alternative Uber may have made it possible to make spur-of-the-moment decisions without having to worry about a ride, but air travel still requires a bit of planning and foresight. Or at least it used to before JetSmarter made its appearance i... via JustLuxe.com

Racing The Cub

The 2014 AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race officially began at 8:48am on Sunday, July 27th, but I wasn't in Mitchell to see the checkered flag drop. I had in fact already been airborne for nearly two hours and was diverting to Windom, MN for fuel, gusty 20 knot direct crosswind notwithstanding. Show More Summary

Finnair Unveils Their Flagship Next-Generation Airbus A350 XWB Aircraft

Last week Finnair revealed their new cabin design for their flagship next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which is due for service next year. Designed by Helsinki firm dSign Vertti Kivi & Co. (the same company that designed Finnair's Premi... via JustLuxe.com

Ixion Jet Concept Forgoes Windows for Floor-to-Ceiling Digital Screens

The Ixion jet concept from design firm Technicon forgoes traditional windows in favor of floor-to-ceiling panorama screens—which isn't really a new idea at all, since Spike Aerospace announced that their supersonic jet would have digital scre... via JustLuxe.com

E2 Aircraft Design Gives More Space & Allows Fliers to Reclaim the Skies

London-based design studio Priestmangoode is pretty well known in the aviation world, what with their interior work for Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, and their new single-aisle cabin concept gives fliers one thing they always want, more spac... via JustLuxe.com

Live from Mitchell, SD

As I wrote in my "Taking Wing" column in the August issue of Flying that hit newsstands this week, I'm flying into Oshkosh for the fifth time this year - the first time in my flying club Piper Cub. What I didn't say is that I was flying...Show More Summary

I Heart NY

Well, it sure didn’t take long to get off low-time restrictions. My seven weeks of line flying on the Mad Dog have netted me 120 hours in the plane despite being on reserve. Reserve pilots usually fly less than lineholders because you're...Show More Summary

Take Your First Look Inside Air New Zealand's New Dreamliner B787-9

Air New Zealand will be the first airline to fly Boeing’s second generation 787-9 Dreamliner. Having had taken delivery of the first of these new planes in June, the airline hosted a press event this week in Seattle at Boeing’s Ev... via JustLuxe.com

Directional Aviation Acquires Skyjet & Appoints Industry Veteran Greg Richman as New President

Directional Aviation recently announced their addition of Skyjet, a brand that consolidates on-demand charter companies, to their portfolio (which includes Flexjet and Sentient Jet). Focusing solely on private travel, Skyjet promises higher flexibility... via JustLuxe.com

Old School / New School

I’ve been flying the Mad Dog on the line for about five weeks now, have finished IOE, am on my third week of reserve, and have about 90 hours in the airplane. I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable yet – that’s going to take some time – butShow More Summary

Qantas' New Massive Los Angeles Business Lounge On Track to Accommodate 600 Flyers

Along with joint owners and oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and British Airways, Qantas unveiled last week their new contemporary Los Angeles Business Lounge at the Los Angeles International Airport. The design (and culinary offerings) draws inspirati... via JustLuxe.com

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