Let It Roll
Air show pilot Patty Wagstaff won the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships three times and is a six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team. She's also a flight instructor, consultant on television and movie projects, and flies an OV-10 Bronco for Cal Fire as an Air Attack Pilot during California's fire season.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A game changer in the world of aerobatic competitionIn 1984, I trained with air show pilot Duane Cole at Luck Field in Burleson, Texas, for the Intermediate category of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Patrolling the national parksI love early mornings in Tsavo.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Pilots have a special relationship with the weatherRecently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Flying For CAL FIRE AviationRush, Serpentine, Robbers and Mill are names of some of the fires I've flown. Fires are usually named after a geographical landmark at the origin of the fire—a road, town, river or a creek.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Pilots have the ability to find a way, no matter how great the challengeIf one thing serves us well in life and in aviation, it's the art of being resourceful—intelligent and creative problem solving and making the best use of time and available resources.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Understanding trim, rudder and angle of attackThis summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks
Learning to fly is about discipline, desire and skills—not ageWhen I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
We need to take care of ourselves in order to be pilot in commandPilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Oh My God! There’s No Man In The Cockpit!
Change perception through educationMy friend Mark Magin, Onboard Images President, recently told me a hilarious story. Sitting in first class on a commercial flight, he noticed there was an all- female flight crew.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It's your perception, not always reality, that causes fearI'm constantly asked about my unique line of work as an air show pilot, "Do you get dizzy?" or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly?" But probably the question I'm most asked is about fear—"Aren't you afraid when you're diving toward the ground?"