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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Value Of Corporate Time


It has to do with misinformation, not politics



The Value Of Corporate TimeBack in November 2008, when the CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors flew to Washington to ask for a government bailout, congressmen made much of the fact that the executives had all used corporate jets for the trip.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From The Editor: A Pilot’s Pilot




From The Editor: A Pilot’s PilotMore than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes took part in the annual aviation mecca that is EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Critter Delays


No matter what man thinks, Ma Nature still calls the shots



Critter DelaysGulfstream Eight Charlie Charlie, go around. The airport is temporarily closed.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Gag Reel


Real-world kudos from the folks who fly LSA day in, day out



Light-Sport Chronicles: Gag ReelTo help with my recent write-up on what's great about owning and flying LSA, I had the pleasure to jaw with several owners, from teachers to pleasure flyers.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pressure’s On...Or Is It?


Diving into the aerobatic box for the first time



Pressure’s On...Or Is It?It's 95 degrees, and sweat is dripping down my face. The box suddenly seems impossibly small.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Broken Brakes


There are times when the risk of not stopping should stop you from going



Broken BrakesNot too long ago, I was looking forward to an hour or so of poking holes in the sky in a Piper Cherokee 180.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Should We Rely On GPS?


Is GPS too good to be true?



Should We Rely On GPS?Ido some post-maintenance test flying for a Cessna 300/400 shop in Long Beach, and a month or so back, I got a call to fly a 421 just coming out of an annual inspection.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

From The Editor: Over Water




From The Editor: Over WaterIt never seems to matter what headset I'm wearing—when I'm flying over a large stretch of water, I can hear every single sound that the engine makes.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Battle Over Frigid Seas


In the Sea Shepherd’s mission to find and stop whaling ships, the helicopter is key



Battle Over Frigid SeasAviation has always been a part of my life, but only recently has it become my profession.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Aerial Recycling


An airliner in the backyard makes sense (almost)



Aerial RecyclingFor the last six months or so, every time we'd taxi out, my eyes would drift to one end of the jet ramp, and linger on a Falcon 10 that has been there for quite a while.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision, Randall Fishman


This “garage” builder of electric aircraft wants to quietly change the world



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision, Randall FishmanIn 2007, a man no one in aviation had ever heard of walked onto the field at Oshkosh, strapped himself into a motorized hang-glider trike and took off.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Accepting A Bad Situation


It’s better to accept a poor outcome than to create a disastrous one



Accepting A Bad SituationWhile a pilot needs to evaluate the consequences of making any decision, he or she needs to know that revising a decision is likely to make a bad situation even worse.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sharing General Aviation


The $418 hamburger that was well worth it



Sharing General AviationWorking for Uncle Sam in Naples, Italy, prevents me from often seeing my family in the U.S.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Excellence In Execution


Learn from your mentors, and be a mentor yourself



Excellence In ExecutionI've dedicated my entire adult life to the art form of air-show flying.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

From The Editor: Moving On Up




From The Editor: Moving On UpAs pilots, we're constantly looking to challenge ourselves and learn more about flying.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Getting A Few Winks


There was an outcry after a controller fell asleep, but concerns about tired controllers aren’t new



Getting A Few WinksSecretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt led the outcry of indignation when news broke that the lone controller on the overnight shift at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington had fallen asleep
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Aerodromes And Longevity


A trip to the airport is good for what ails you



Aerodromes And LongevityHave you ever stood around the airport or at a fly-in, looked at some of your higher-mileage friends, and realized that even the gray dogs in the crowd act and look 15 years younger than you know them to be?
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies Again


Come fly this head-turning replica of a unique, notorious German warbird



Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies AgainWeird, cool, authentic, bizarre, eccentric, spectacular: so begins my Adjective Hit Parade to describe the Criquet Storch.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How Well Do You Know Your Airliners?


Aviation enthusiasts worth their salt should be able to tell an Airbus from a Boeing. Here are some telltale signs to help you distinguish.



How Well Do You Know Your Airliners?Determining aircraft types isn't as easy as it used to be, when seeing a hump on the front meant it was a 747, and three tail-mounted engines indicated you were in for a noisy 727 departure.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My Life


Why spins and unusual attitudes are good for all of us



Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My LifeWhile working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant, I met and married the owner of CP Aviation, Clay Phelps.