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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide Open

When Lou Mancuso talks about LSA...people listen

Light-Sport Chronicles: Ears Wide OpenSomething I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Of Porta-Potties And Fields of Yellow

Oshkosh—the event never fails to amuse, confound and surprise

Of Porta-Potties And Fields of YellowNo, let me amend that: It was my 41st to Oshkosh, plus three to Rockford, the last home of the EAA's yearly orgy of all things aerial and wondrous.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous

The NTSB says don’t rely on NEXRAD without having this information

When Using NEXRAD Can Be DangerousToday, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hudson River Adventure

Expanding your comfort zone

Hudson River AdventureWe all know pilots who limit their flights to a hop to a nearby airport for lunch or an occasional pancake breakfast.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Understanding trim, rudder and angle of attack

Pre-AerobaticsThis summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

From The Editor: Cubbin' Around

From The Editor: Cubbin' AroundThis year marks the 75th year from when William T. Piper first created the J-3 Cub in 1938.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lindbergh Inspiration

Balancing nature and technology

Lindbergh InspirationIn 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Gettin’ In Dance

You can’t fly ‘em, if you can’t get in ‘em

The Gettin’ In DanceHowever, it often appears as if the most "interesting" vehicles require the most difficult dance moves to get into them.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines II

More post-event insights into an airframe parachute deployment over the ocean

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines IIAlthough the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lightning Enlightenment

The NTSB wants the FAA to provide real-time lightning data

Lightning EnlightenmentOn April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

Learning to fly is about discipline, desire and skills—not age

Teaching An Old Dog New TricksWhen I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Training Is Everything

Mental preparation will help you manage an emergency procedure

Training Is EverythingAt exactly 5:45 a.m. on March 5, 2010, I took off in my 1972 Grumman Traveler from Canada's St-Hyacinthe Airport (CSU3), on the south shore off Montreal.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Engine Reliability

General-aviation piston engines are simpler and more reliable than other power plants...most of the time

Engine ReliabilityMany of us have had this happen at one time or another.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From The Editor: One Small Step

From The Editor: One Small StepThe Lindbergh Foundation was created in 1977 to carry on the spirit of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh by providing grants to projects that foster new and environmentally friendly technology.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Staying Healthy

We need to take care of ourselves in order to be pilot in command

Staying HealthyPilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012


They only die when we let them

Dreamin’I just discovered an important fact of life: dreams don't die.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sharing The Sky

The birds were using the sky long before we pilots were

Sharing The SkyAlthough birds will take evasive action to avoid us, and lights can make us more conspicuous, there are times when their and our best efforts aren't good enough.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud Lines

Parsing the whys and wherefores of a successful airframe parachute deployment...over water!

Light-Sport Chronicles: Shroud LinesIn an upcoming issue, you'll find my feature story about the harrowing experience of Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine as they rode a BRS airframe parachute canopy into the water near the island of Andros in the Bahamas.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

East Coast By LSA

Twenty-five hours in a Remos GX

East Coast By LSABeing obsessed with flying ever since I could walk, I had my eyes set on becoming an airline pilot.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Turbines vs. Pistons

A turbine may be more logical than you imagine

Turbines vs. PistonsA friend stopped by my hangar a while back on a rainy Saturday with an interesting question.