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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

Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Boris Popov


One disaster avoided, one vow made–many lives saved thereafter



Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Boris PopovA few weeks ago, I came within a second or two of a head-on mid-air collision.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From The Editor: Music To Fly By




From The Editor: Music To Fly ByFirst Titanic, then Avatar. Now the Horsemen. Renowned composer James Horner has taken his musical talents from Hollywood’s big screen to the world of aviation.
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.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

From The Editor: Contrails & Cubs, Gear & Gators




From The Editor: Contrails & Cubs, Gear & GatorsThe last time we visited with John and Martha King, they were flying the new Cessna Skycatcher for a series of light-sport instructional DVDs. Recently, we caught up with them in something on the other end of the speed spectrum—their Dassault Falcon 10 jet.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Gold Stars & Black Stars


Reviewing last year’s LSA accidents shows improvements...and shortcomings



Light-Sport Chronicles: Gold Stars & Black StarsAbout a year ago, I asked Mike Adams, Avemco Insurance Company’s VP of underwriting, to use his crystal ball (FAA and Avemco accident and claim statistics) to divine trends in LSA flying.
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, April 20, 2010

From The Editor: Choose Your Own Adventure




From The Editor: Choose Your Own AdventureI loved Choose Your Own Adventure “gamebooks” when I was young.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Reading The Tea Leaves


Some things to watch for...and watch out for



Light-Sport Chronicles: Reading The Tea LeavesPartway through the year, as the economy continues to show signs of recovery, I wanted to look down the road and ask someone who keeps a keen eye on the LSA industry if there were significant trends to track for the rest of 2010.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View


Taking a broad look at LSA with one of its major players



Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View"This is a very dynamic time for the industry, and for Remos,” Ken Weaver, VP of marketing for Remos Aircraft, told me the other day.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From The Editor: Just Because




From The Editor: Just Because"Why would anyone want to go there?” is what a few pilots on the ramp asked when we told them where we were off to.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From The Editor: Where GA Shines




From The Editor: Where GA ShinesSince the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January, general aviation pilots have been making an increasingly positive impact in the troubled country; in some regions, GA relief flights are the only way aid is getting through.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy


We have met the enemy...and he is us



Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy“Minute Man traffic, light-sport one three four X-ray entering downwind for runway three, Minute Man.”
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke


Engineering whiz, airplane lover, LSA rule maker...founding father



Profiles In Vision: Larry BurkeEver had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

From The Editor: It’s Never Too Late




From The Editor: It’s Never Too LateIt was typical hangar chatter during a holiday party at the MotoArt facility at Torrance Airport.
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 15, 2009

Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze


Three ways LSA flight training is getting done in America



Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight into LSA flight training in America.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

From The Editor: Catching Up With The Kings




From The Editor: Catching Up With The KingsThe exchange sounded like something you might expect to hear in the cockpit of a large airliner. But I was in a Dassault Falcon 10 piloted by husband and wife John and Martha King, creators of the popular King Schools training videos and private jet owners.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

LSA Ownership—Condo Style!


Low down payment, affordable monthly installments, zero hassle: sound familiar?



LSA Ownership—Condo Style!I love this concept of sharing ownership in an aircraft, new or used. Last month, I delved into David Kruger’s Aircraft Partnership Association (www.theapa.com), a type of online matchmaking service to bring like-minded pilots together for sharing the costs of aircraft ownership.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From The Editor: Spreading The Word




From The Editor: Spreading The WordWhile working on this month’s Guest Speaker column, Managing Editor Pam Lee suggested that the reference to Patty Wagstaff mention that the air show star performs annually in front of thousands of spectators. Hundreds of thousands, I countered.
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.