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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Weather Picture


The NTSB wants you to be able to see what’s happening in places you’re going to



The Weather PictureThe program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way


More insights into aviation’s electrifying future from Erik Lindbergh



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh WayLast month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From The Editor: Cross-Country Cubbing




From The Editor: Cross-Country CubbingIf you've ever flown around the Southwest U.S., then you know of its immense vastness and beauty.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Aerobatic Boxes


The airspace of the air show world



Aerobatic BoxesOne of the best things about being a pilot is we can choose where we live, especially aerobatic pros who like to live close to their work.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Issues With Oil


Oil may be more important than fuel



Issues With OilI bought my first airplane, a Globe Swift, from a retired petroleum engineer and A&P mechanic who had lavished hundreds of hours on his airplane.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh Way


A famous aviator’s reflections on his first solo electric flight



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Lindbergh WayThere's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Oshkosh ‘13


The biggest or shiniest isn’t always the most amazing and impressive



Oshkosh ‘13For me, the most amazing thing about Oshkosh '13 (per usual, I can't bring myself to call it AirVenture) is that this was number 45 for me.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria


Just because the FAA doesn’t get specific doesn’t mean you don’t need criteria



Setting Stabilized Approach CriteriaWhen Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

One Trip, 85 Suitcases


The logistics that go into a big GA flight might leave you wondering where you left your car



One Trip, 85 SuitcasesFlying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Beware The Fickle Winds


Winds almost never play fair



Beware The Fickle WindsIt was 1998, and my ride was one of the last of the Mooney MSEs, better known as the 201.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From The Editor: Flying Two Engines




From The Editor: Flying Two EnginesATP Flight School is the largest flight academy in the country, excelling at training flight students for professional airline careers.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

10 Best Pilots


The ability to make an airplane do the impossible is what separates the best from the rest



10 Best PilotsWho's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Maybe There’s Still Hope


Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they don’t have a passion for flight



Maybe There’s Still HopeOne of the more common conversations around the water cooler these days concerns our younger generations and how they have trouble seeing past their iPads and cell phones to the world beyond.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Historic Replicas


They provide one way to keep the spirit of aviation’s history alive for future generations



Historic ReplicasAviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…


...will they come? Time, work, imagination, and location, location, location will tell.



Light-Sport Chronicles: If You Build It…We're shooting the breeze inside the big, brand-new 80x80-foot hangar they've just completed—at their very own country airport.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

War College


An air show pilot’s experience at the National Security Seminar



War CollegeI was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It’s What’s Up Front That Counts


Consider for a moment the job of the lowly tractor propeller (with apologies to pusher drivers)



It’s What’s Up Front That CountsI was speaking to a group of pilots a few years back when one of them asked about a story I wrote a decade before on the London-to-Sydney Air Race.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From The Editor: Oshkosh Highlights




From The Editor: Oshkosh HighlightsEAA AirVenture can't be adequately explained in words. It's an awe-inspiring event that needs to be experienced firsthand.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shut Up And Fly


There’s no excuse to stay on the ground



Shut Up And FlyAt a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Akro At The Beginning


Every Age is Golden if we’re lucky enough to be part of it



Akro At The BeginningThis is because I have yet to enter a decade that, in one way or another, wasn't a Golden Age, including this one.