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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What’s Up With WAAS?


WAAS is the third generation of GPS, and it makes all the difference



What’s Up With WAAS?I was fortunate to discover GPS early on. I was on my way to the 1991 Paris Air Show in the one and only prototype Swearingen SJ30 business jet, and had stopped for fuel in Greenland.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From The Editor: Just Because




From The Editor: Just Because"Why would anyone want to go there?” is what a few pilots on the ramp asked when we told them where we were off to.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Favorite Aviation Moments


The air up there



Favorite Aviation MomentsThe other day, I made one of those “out in the morning/back in the afternoon drives” to Los Angeles for lunch with my daughter.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View


Taking a broad look at LSA with one of its major players



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View"This is a very dynamic time for the industry, and for Remos,” Ken Weaver, VP of marketing for Remos Aircraft, told me the other day.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Safety’s Ideal World


Unfortunately, we don’t always learn from example



Safety’s Ideal WorldIn an ideal world, once the probable cause of an accident is identified, there never will be an accident like it again.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Helping Haiti


Flying relief supplies to those in need



Helping HaitiIt started with an e-mail sent to my partner, Brian Reiff. Bahamas Habitat was looking for pilots with high-performance singles or twins to fly earthquake relief supplies to rural Haiti.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

To Korea, With Luck


Four legs, 52 flight hours in one of the world’s most comfortable—and slowest—turboprops



To Korea, With LuckMy buddy Jeff Kopps of the National Weather Service in Monterey, Calif., had predicted headwinds out of Santa Barbara, and as usual, he was right.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fear & Preparedness


Being concerned is only logical, but we can’t let that rule our lives



Fear & PreparednessAs he sat in my office and we prepared to leave for the airport after three hours of ground school, he hesitated for a moment, locked eyes with me and said, “Look, I have to tell you something.”
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy


We have met the enemy...and he is us



Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy“Minute Man traffic, light-sport one three four X-ray entering downwind for runway three, Minute Man.”
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From The Editor: Where GA Shines




From The Editor: Where GA ShinesSince the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January, general aviation pilots have been making an increasingly positive impact in the troubled country; in some regions, GA relief flights are the only way aid is getting through.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Getting Ready For NextGen


The controllers are as crucial as the automation



Getting Ready For NextGenRecently, NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman issued a warning that those in the government and aviation industry who are enamored of the planned Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) should get their heads out of the clouds and realize that the people who will have to use the system—i.e., the air traffic controllers—are as important to safety as the automation itself.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Flying Into Isla Grande


A doctor accomplishes a childhood dream



Flying Into Isla GrandeGrowing up in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, I lived at the top of the Hotel Columbus.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke


Engineering whiz, airplane lover, LSA rule maker...founding father



Profiles In Vision: Larry BurkeEver had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Common Thread


How mountain flying meshes with primary training



The Common ThreadYou may not think that “learning to fly” and “mountain flying” fit well in the same sentence, but I urge you to reconsider.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When Slower Is Better


The whole point of most airplanes is speed—except during landings



When Slower Is BetterContrary to sometimes misinformed opinion, a Mooney is one of the easier airplanes to land.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Science, The Art, The Realities


Perfect airplanes usually exist only in the eye of the beholder



The Science, The Art, The RealitiesAnyone who has flown for more than 10 minutes has developed an idea of what defines the perfect airplane.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

From The Editor: It’s Never Too Late




From The Editor: It’s Never Too LateIt was typical hangar chatter during a holiday party at the MotoArt facility at Torrance Airport.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Muffler Inspection


It’s critical to ensuring a safe flight



Muffler InspectionIf you were to make a list of the most fun and glamorous aspects of flying, I’d bet that inspecting an aircraft’s muffler wouldn’t be on it.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Danny’s Dream


A special day for a special kid



Danny’s DreamWhy would any kid want to do that?” That was the social worker’s response to my offer to take any child flying for free—that is, any child who was a patient at the local cancer center for children.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze


Three ways LSA flight training is getting done in America



Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight into LSA flight training in America.