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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Minimal Experience


What’s appropriate in terms of experience may not be found in the FARs



Minimal ExperienceBrowse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Life Of An Air Show Pilot


When you love what you do, is it work?



The Life Of An Air Show PilotIf you love what you do, you're not really working, but being an air show pilot is a mixture of hard work and hardly working.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

There’s Something About Mountains


Far from menacing monsters, mountains can be your best friends



There’s Something About MountainsThe Pan-American Highway threads its way steeply uphill out of Santiago, Chile, climbing into the rarified air of South America's high Andes.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From The Editor: Panhandle Backcountry




From The Editor: Panhandle BackcountryNorthern Idaho is an adventure pilot's dreamland, with dozens of backcountry strips, stunning mountain flying and sizeable lakes perfect for seaplanes.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kenya


Patrolling the national parks



KenyaI love early mornings in Tsavo.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Warbirds And Me


On being the right age, in the right place, at the right time



Warbirds And MeDoes any one actually not like warbirds?
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When Close Friends Get Too Close


Don’t assume that just because you’re friends, you can anticipate what the other pilot will do



When Close Friends Get Too CloseOne of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part II


More feedback from our poll of the LSA flying community



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says! Part IILast month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flying Alone


For some, flying alone is the only way, and for others...



Flying AloneLike most new pilots, I began my career renting airplanes and flying with as many friends as I could to mitigate the cost.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From The Editor: Sky Therapy




From The Editor: Sky TherapyFor some, lying on the sofa in a counselor's office is therapy.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Career Change


What do you do when you find your ladder is against the wrong wall?



A Career ChangeHere's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!


Just how are we pilots doing our sport flying these days?



Light-Sport Chronicles: Sport-Pilot Survey Says!Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Reno Accident


Meticulous probing of wreckage led investigators to some tiny screws



The Reno AccidentThe chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Clouds


Pilots have a special relationship with the weather



CloudsRecently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Fine Art Of Crashing


The how and why of crashing a 727 for science



The Fine Art Of CrashingLike any aircraft owner, I take every opportunity to fly my Mooney rather than the airlines on any semi-short trip.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

From The Editor: Navigating New York




From The Editor: Navigating New YorkIt's some of the busiest airspace in the country. New York Harbor sits right between Class B airports LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, but for VFR pilots it's accessible via the Hudson River Corridor.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?


Life isn’t a destination. It’s a series of checkpoints.



Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do).
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Adequate Airspeed


Fundamental failures by pilots still figure in some accidents



Adequate AirspeedWe've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of Alpha


Insider glimpses of Pipistrel’s sky-breaking new trainer



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Wizards of AlphaLSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chasing Fires


Flying For CAL FIRE Aviation



Chasing FiresRush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.