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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.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Reflections On Inner & Outer Flight


Reaching beyond self-imposed limitations

Reflections On Inner & Outer FlightWhy 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 GA

Bringing The “Sport” Back To Flying (Kirk Hawkins)In 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 process

2009 National CFI of the YearRecently, 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

Smoke On!


Pushing my Edge to the edge over the Danube

Smoke On!It’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 Airwing

Protecting Kenya’s National ParksI 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 forward

Personal Aviation At A CrossroadsFive 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 perspective

Gaining Your Pilot’s LicenseLeonardo 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 Class

2008 Reno Air RacesIn 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 clean

GA & The EnvironmentEnvironmental 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

guest speakerI love movies! I especially enjoy it when writers use their imaginations to create futuristic technology. For example, do you remember 1985’s Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly? He finds himself traveling back in time with the help of a DeLorean car that’s converted to a time machine by his mad scientist friend, played by Christopher Lloyd.