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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Flying Fifi


Around the patch in a Superfortress

Flying FifiMy 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

Safe Turnarounds


Is the impossible turn, in fact, possible?

Safe TurnaroundsOver 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 first

A Whole New Flying WorldA 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 key

Battle Over Frigid SeasAviation 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 yourself

Excellence In ExecutionI'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 us

Emergency Maneuver Training Changed My LifeWhile 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 Move

Inspiration To AfricaDuring 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 II

From Spitfires To MosquitoesDuring 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 nailed

Balancing Skill, Entertainment And SafetyI’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 LSA

I Did It!On 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

Still Relentless


You don’t see this every day! But if you do, will you be ready?

Still RelentlessI 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 pilots

Pilot In CommandBeing 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 Orbiter

The Heavy GliderI’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 generations

The Power Of Electric FlightWhat’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 Alaska

Really Low On FuelEarly 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

Takeoff Alternates


Garmin tips for flying IFR

Takeoff AlternatesJune 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 aviation

Sharing The PassionAviation 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 space

An Aviator’s Best FriendFifty 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 training

The Common ThreadYou 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-check

Speed Is LifeAs 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 aviation

Air Shows As GA Rallying PointAs 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

My Secret


How teamwork makes for the best job in the sky

My SecretI have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the aviation community.