Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Around the patch in a SuperfortressMy most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Is the impossible turn, in fact, possible?Over the years, I've made frequent mention of a controversial number: "safe turnaround altitude."
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A Whole New Flying World
Even though ski flying doesn’t require an endorsement, it’s critical to get instruction firstA fellow pilot once asked, "How long does it take to check out on skis?"
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Battle Over Frigid Seas
In the Sea Shepherd’s mission to find and stop whaling ships, the helicopter is keyAviation has always been a part of my life, but only recently has it become my profession.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Excellence In Execution
Learn from your mentors, and be a mentor yourselfI've dedicated my entire adult life to the art form of air-show flying.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My Life
Why spins and unusual attitudes are good for all of usWhile working as a waitress at the local airport restaurant, I met and married the owner of CP Aviation, Clay Phelps.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Inspiration To Africa
Building general aviation in Ghana with Medicine on the MoveDuring World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
From Spitfires To Mosquitoes
Flying for the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War IIDuring World War II, I was a ferry pilot, flying military aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Balancing Skill, Entertainment And Safety
When it comes to air show safety, the U.S. has it nailedI’m an air show pilot who’s known for making my performances look dangerous.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I Did It!
First solo in the Cessna Skycatcher LSAOn a cool, crisp and calm October morning, I finally took my first solo flight. It was amazing! My journey to this point started almost three years before, in early 2007.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
You don’t see this every day! But if you do, will you be ready?I can tell you that for one lap prior, the plane never ran so well.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pilot In Command
Decision-making is key, not just for Red Bull Air Race competitors, but all general aviation pilotsBeing a professional aerobatic and race pilot for the past several years has given me the opportunity to meet many civilian, military, helicopter, fixed-wing, professional and recreational pilots.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Heavy Glider
An intimate look at the Shuttle OrbiterI’m one fortunate aviator. My professional career has coincided with the 30-year flight history of the Space Shuttle program.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Power Of Electric Flight
Bridging the continents, bridging the generationsWhat’s the next big leap in aviation? I think about this stuff all the time.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Really Low On Fuel
A dark and stormy night in AlaskaEarly in September of 1977, a fellow Alaska registered guide asked me to fly some avgas to a hunting camp he operated on the west side of the Alaska Range.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Garmin tips for flying IFRJune gloom is here—a time for low ceilings and low visibility due to fog and mist.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sharing The Passion
The mission to grow aviationAviation and flying have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
An Aviator’s Best Friend
Fifty years later, the next journey to the edge of spaceFifty years ago, I stood at the edge of space and jumped. This year, Felix Baumgartner of Austria plans to make a jump from the edge of space, but from a height that’s 20,000 feet higher—an altitude from which no human has ever successfully completed a free fall. The mission is known as Red Bull Stratos.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Common Thread
How mountain flying meshes with primary trainingYou may not think that “learning to fly” and “mountain flying” fit well in the same sentence, but I urge you to reconsider.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Speed Is Life
Never underestimate the importance of an instrument cross-checkAs a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I’m most often asked is “How fast would that SR-71 fly?” I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Air Shows As GA Rallying Point
Working together to benefit general aviationAs much of the aviation industry suffered through the effects of the historic economic downturn during the last year, the air show industry experienced double-digit growth and, in some markets, record attendance.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
How teamwork makes for the best job in the skyI have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the aviation community.