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 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.
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.