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.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Reflections On Inner & Outer Flight
Reaching beyond self-imposed limitationsWhy are we so fascinated by flight? What draws us to it? What makes flight so special?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Bringing The “Sport” Back To Flying (Kirk Hawkins)
Appealing to the emotional rather than the practical may be the key to revitalizing GAIn 2004, the FAA passed what has been called the “biggest change in aviation in 50 years”—it created the LSA category and sport pilot license. “So what?” you ask. You’ve already got your private, commercial, instrument, CFI and MEI ratings, and your Eagle Scout Badge.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
2009 National CFI of the Year
Improving the learning processRecently, a VFR pilot flying a Cessna 172 departed after dark in VMC and flew into IMC. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported an electrical failure to ATC, but continued into a thickening blanket of fog.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Pushing my Edge to the edge over the DanubeIt’s hot in this race plane…even at 1,000 feet…or is it just me? My mouth is dry and my heart is racing as I watch the competitor before me twisting his way through the track.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Protecting Kenya’s National Parks
Training the Kenya Wildlife Service AirwingI often wear a little leather choker with two bronze elephant tusks. I picked it up a few years ago in a Nairobi gallery called Matt Bronze, and it reminds me of the wild things that still live in Kenya.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Personal Aviation At A Crossroads
Looking back and moving forwardFive years ago, the first special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) received its airworthiness certificate, opening up a new chapter in the regulation of simple personal flight. More than 1,000 of these factory-built aircraft and more than 8,000 former ultralights (experimental light-sport aircraft, E-LSA) are now flying under the sport pilot and LSA category.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Gaining Your Pilot’s License
An opportunity to see the world from a different perspectiveLeonardo da Vinci once said, “For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” There are more than 600,000 registered pilots in the United States, and each of them can relate to this quote.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
2008 Reno Air Races
Evolution of the Jet ClassIn 2001, “the year that never was,” I was part of the initial attempt to race jet airplanes in the Reno Air Races.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
GA & The Environment
Keeping our skies cleanEnvironmental awareness across the globe is becoming increasingly acute. The global media and the world’s population are increasingly focused on climate change and the extent to which aviation contributes to it. The general aviation manufacturing industry wants to actively participate in this discussion to speed the introduction of innovative technology and flight procedures that will reduce aviation’s impact on the environment.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Back To The Future!
Indeed, the future is incredible