Browse Grassroots, a collection of flying-related articles by Budd Davisson. An accomplished aviation journalist, Budd shares his perspective on all kinds of flight-related subjects.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Aerobatics, Judgment And Stupidity
All the FARs in the world can’t protect us from ourselves
A few minutes ago, I stumbled across a YouTube video of a Cirrus accident caused by attempting to do a roll at 200 feet.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The biggest or shiniest isn’t always the most amazing and impressive
For 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, September 3, 2013
Maybe There’s Still Hope
Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they don’t have a passion for flight
One 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, August 6, 2013
Akro At The Beginning
Every Age is Golden if we’re lucky enough to be part of it
This is because I have yet to enter a decade that, in one way or another, wasn't a Golden Age, including this one.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Life Without An Address
Living the dreams that aviation makes possible
Recently, I asked the owner of an airplane for his physical address, and he said he didn't have one.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Of Crash Courses And Self-Discovery
Who knew there could be so much to learn in the game?
I've decided that I don't know a damn thing about airplanes and even less about flight instructing.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Who Was Lt. A. F. Linde?
Of history, estate sales, attics and kids
On the back of the sheath, it says, "A.F. Linde, O-930832." That was the pilot's name and service number.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
And Speaking Of Power
When a Hornet taxis by your home airport
Last week, one of those moments had me trying to fish my phone out from under my five-point harness—and failing.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I Wanna Build...
Sometimes, the dream is more valuable than the reality
All of us have curious habits that we'd just as soon have no one know about.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Warbirds And Me
On being the right age, in the right place, at the right time
Does any one actually not like warbirds?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A Career Change
What do you do when you find your ladder is against the wrong wall?
Here's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?
Life isn’t a destination. It’s a series of checkpoints.
Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do).
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The heaviest load in aviation is flying someone else’s airplane
We're about to do some hangar flying under the guise of talking about some of the most trusting people I've ever met in my life.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Of Porta-Potties And Fields of Yellow
Oshkosh—the event never fails to amuse, confound and surprise
No, let me amend that: It was my 41st to Oshkosh, plus three to Rockford, the last home of the EAA's yearly orgy of all things aerial and wondrous.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Gettin’ In Dance
You can’t fly ‘em, if you can’t get in ‘em
However, it often appears as if the most "interesting" vehicles require the most difficult dance moves to get into them.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
They only die when we let them
I just discovered an important fact of life: dreams don't die.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
It’s More Than Just An N-Number
Renaming our kids and our airplanes doesn’t always work
The 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, May 8, 2012
Aviation In The Key Of Gee Whiz
Getting a buzz out of life is easy
The 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."
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Don’t even try to explain it
I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing, but a couple of months ago, I hit 5,000 hours of Pitts dual-given (most of it in the pattern).
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
On Getting Short
Gravity is the universal enemy in more ways than one
Getting short" is a familiar old military term: You're coming to the end of your deployment or enlistment, and you don't have much time left before your life will be drastically altered.