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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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!

From The Editor: Lights, Camera, Action!It's a fact: Pilots love to share their flying stories. Good landings, bad landings and everything in between.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!

Change perception through education

Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!My friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It’s More Than Just An N-Number

Renaming our kids and our airplanes doesn’t always work

It’s More Than Just An N-NumberThe other day at the hangar, we were talking about how many times I've rebuilt my airplane: twice for the engine, twice for the fuselage and once for the rest of the airframe, which included re-cover and painting.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Government advice sometimes is good for everyone, including government

Do As We Say, Not As We DoOver the years, you've no doubt heard urgings from various government agencies to always pay careful attention to the weather when you're in flying mode.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Pilot’s View

A Pilot’s ViewWe're 45 minutes out of Daytona Beach bound for Key West on a summer evening. Viewed from our altitude, the sun has just begun its dip below the horizon, leaving us in muted daylight as darkness settles across the land below.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Improving On A Good Thing

The venerable Cessna P210N enjoys a welcome improvement

Improving On A Good ThingJust as airplanes such as the straight-tail Beech Bonanza and Piper Super Cub have become pre-eminent in their respective classes, the Cessna 210 has enjoyed a similar reputation as an aviation icon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From The Editor: Backcountry In Style

From The Editor: Backcountry In StyleIt was the perfect mission of exploring Moab—Utah's popular base for national parks such as Arches and Canyonlands—and the perfect airplane, a Pilatus PC-12 that can land just about anywhere and carry just about anything.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Aviation In The Key Of Gee Whiz

Getting a buzz out of life is easy

Aviation In The Key Of Gee WhizThe other day, we were discussing magazines, writing, flying and other major food groups of life, and I referred to the kind of wordsmithing I've always done as "Gee-Whiz Journalism."