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, July 21, 2015
It’s The Little Stuff That Gets You
Everyone needs a wake-up call now and then
The student was driving, and we had just been given clearance to take off.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The Aviator Voice
Having “that” sound can’t be faked
The other day, as I was pushing my trusty mount out of the hangar, a pilot was having trouble getting a rental Cirrus back in the hangar next door, so I stopped and gave him a hand.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Do we really need tattletales in our midst?
The voice had a very indignant tone to it. As if the tower should pay special attention to everything he said.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The simplest solution is usually overlooked
Okay, I know that airliners spend a lot of their time being tracked on someone's radar scope and talking to ATC, so the assumption is that someone, somewhere knows exactly where they are at all times.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
And Life Goes On
People in our lives we don’t know but should
Today has been a hard one for those of us who follow history: First thing this morning, I learned that Alex Vraciu, America's highest-scoring surviving ace, had died.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
One Man’s Junk Is…
We all have junkyard dreams—or do we?
My own airplane-in-a-barn story didn't involve a barn.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Too Late Gives No Warning
If you have dreams, put them into action today
They live their retirement dreams before retiring.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Overhauls, new sounds, the Old Gal labors on
I've known for a while my engine wasn't totally happy.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
A Different Kind Of Calendar
Our year begins and ends in Wisconsin
If, at any given time, there are around 200,000 people on the grounds at the Oshkosh orgy of aviation, then there are probably the same number of reasons why they're there.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sky King, Roy And The Gang
Was it a time of innocence or the formation of a generation?
It doesn't seem that long ago that more than just the TV was black-and-white.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The little stuff you pick up about aviation by living it
As the student settled into the back pit and started to put his headset on, I stopped him and took his baseball hat off his head.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Oh, No! Not More Changes!
There comes a time in life when status quo looks really attractive
I first noticed it when one of our newer controllers, whose voice I didn't recognize, told us we were cleared for takeoff on Runway Tree. Tree? Huh!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
TFRs And The Little Guy
I’m not sure of their purpose, and “they” aren’t aware of the effects
My student was from England. The first hop of the day was normal: from calling ATIS to flying the flight, nothing unusual.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
When Is A Hobby Not A Hobby?
Regardless of how little a person flies, is it really a pastime?
Maybe it's a personal thing, but to apply the term "hobby" or "pastime" to flying sounds somehow demeaning.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Survivors In The Pattern
History is fleeting moments of the Human Experience strung together
I had an emotionally wild and totally unexpected thing happen last week.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Owl Tree and me
I could see sky and roof line where they should have been hidden from sight by branches.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Av-World In Which We Live
Paul Poberezny, sport aviation and me
The fact that we lost Paul Poberezny, founder of the EAA, in August is, by now, old news. Nonetheless, it's still important news to those of us who call sport aviation home.
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.