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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Low Level By Columbia


When is it necessary to ad lib, and when is it just plain dumb?



Low Level By ColumbiaWhat had begun as a simple, 4,500 nm, late-winter ferry flight in a capable airplane had deteriorated to an ignominious retreat.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From The Editor: When Weather Gets In The Way




From The Editor: When Weather Gets In The WayEach cross-country flight is an adventure, but when things don't go as planned, it doesn't have to become a misadventure.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jack


Once in a lifetime, such a man comes to us



JackWe were somewhere in the middle of the desert heading for my daughter's when my cell phone rang.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Destination Unclear


A solo adventure in the Alaska bush



Destination UnclearThe little Piper PA-22 lifts off in a fraction of the runway at Council (K29), 60 miles east-northeast of Nome in western Alaska.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How Tight Is Tight?


Even if you’re really thorough, you can’t always tell during preflight whether something is coming apart



How Tight Is Tight?Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Scoping The Numbers


Figures lie, and liars figure, even with LSA accident stats



Light-Sport Chronicles: Scoping The NumbersEvery year about this time, I like to catch up with Mike Adams, the ever-helpful Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company, to take a gander at LSA accident trends.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

From The Editor: Cross-Country




From The Editor: Cross-CountryNo matter how much you love to fly, 14 hours of flight in one day is a long time. That's how long it took Cirrus pilot Matt Bergwall and me to return to California from Sun 'n Fun.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When Not To Go


Contrary to popular belief, ferry pilots aren’t brave. Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.



When Not To GoThere's a sign-in guestbook in the pilot's lounge at Avitat in Bangor, Maine, that contains the names and missions of most of the international ferry pilots who have come through here in the last 30 years.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Inspiration To Africa


Building general aviation in Ghana with Medicine on the Move



Inspiration To AfricaDuring World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Always A Student


Reflections of a first solo flight, thousands of hours later



Always A StudentWould today be the day? I had been taking lessons for several weeks, and I knew that one day soon, my instructor Andy would get out of the airplane, and let me fly solo. I had even worn a special T-shirt for the last three lessons, with the hope that each time, I would get to solo.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The Air


We take air bags and shoulder harnesses for granted on the ground



Adding Air Bags And Harnesses In The AirProminent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Do It Because...


Explaining why we fly isn't simple



I Do It Because..."I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things."
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0


When the mountain won't come to you, fly to the mountain



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0"If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad,” goes the ancient saying, “then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From Spitfires To Mosquitoes


Flying for the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II



From Spitfires To MosquitoesDuring World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

There’s No Such Thing As Tailwinds


Why is it that we always only remember headwinds?



There’s No Such Thing As TailwindsI know what some of you may be thinking. Bill Cox has finally gone off his rocker.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From The Editor: Super Owner




From The Editor: Super OwnerMichelle Kole wasn’t sure what kind of airplane she wanted to own.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Canada By Cub


A teenager’s 3,000 nm solo journey from the Yukon to Quebec



Canada By CubI’m the kind of guy who’s not scared to try new things. When I would fly my RC plane, I always thought how nice it would be to sit behind the controls and have freedom.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Close Calls On The Runways


Having a clearance doesn’t always guarantee that you’re clear



Close Calls On The RunwaysProminent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The Navigator


Small and feisty companies like 3Xtrim challenge conventional market wisdom



Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The NavigatorIt’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cub Butt


Aviation’s posterior-measuring system



Cub ButtThe contradictions between the Cirrus and my normal ride couldn’t have been more extreme if I had been in the space shuttle.