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
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Why I Go to Oshkosh
It’s personality, not flying skillsEvery other summer or so, as I fly north with friends over the lush immensity of southern Wisconsin, find Ripon and then push along the railroad tracks, a sensation of satisfaction and memory overtakes me as the skyline of Lake Winnebago fills the windshield. I realize then that I don’t fly into Oshkosh just for the usual reasons—the air shows, strolling the avionics bazaars, enjoying the epic storytelling of Rod Machado. To me Oshkosh is a celebration of personality and spirit.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
State Of The LSA Industry
The future looks brightAt the 2005 AOPA Convention, barely six months after the first light-sport aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificates were issued, AOPA President Phil Boyer observed, "This has got to be one of the most interesting things you can do: help bring a whole new segment of aviation to market."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Ab Initio Training With A Touch Of Glass
The benefits of glass-cockpit experienceIf you were to drive across the country, you could point your car in the right direction and eventually you’d get to your destination, though perhaps not by a straight-line route. Before leaving, you’d need to consult a map to ensure that you’re heading in the right direction and don’t get lost. Likewise, to get your first airline job, it’s best to have a carefully thought-out plan so that you get where you want in the shortest amount of time. Increasingly, that means adding glass-cockpit experience to your checklist.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Fathers, Sons And Flying
A CNN correspondent reflects on flying as a family affairFor me, it all began a few thousand feet over some Michigan farmland about 40 years ago. We were somewhere between Detroit and Alpena when my father gave me a heading, told me to keep it straight and level, and then let me grab the yoke. I’ll never forget the joy I felt when that 172 began responding to my whims. It was love at first flight.
Friday, February 1, 2008
What Compels An Air Show Pilot?
It’s dangerous. It’s competitive. And it’s hard on the body. So why fly hardcore aerobatics?Explaining why I do what I do is surprisingly easy. The quick answer is that flying air shows is what I’m passionate about. I love it. But beyond that is a story of inspiration, physical endeavor, ongoing learning and camaraderie.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
State Of The Industry
Keep aviation vital and strongFrom the Wright brothers to The Right Stuff, the thrill of flight has sparked the imagination and stirred the human spirit. We take to the skies to experience the freedom and exhilaration of flight. Now more than ever, people look to general aviation as a way to speed travel and increase business. Consequently, it’s important for those of us who love general aviation to step back and examine the health and strength of this great industry.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Aviation is facing increasing pressure—is it time for an altitude change?The end is near! For hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, humans have been making predictions about the end. The end of the earth, the end of cheap oil, the end of life as we know it, the end of free WiFi—I hate this kind of gloom and doom stuff.