One of the best things about being a pilot is we can choose where we live, especially aerobatic pros who like to live close to their work. ...
Flying is the least of what air show pilots do. For our 10 minutes in the air, we pay the price of executing the logistics that gets us there. ...
Who's the best pilot in history? Good question. And who's the best pilot today?
I was with several hundred students, faculty and guests at the Army War College's 59th National Security Seminar (NSS) in June of this year.
Careers in aviation are nothing if not dynamic. Aviation Career Update 2013
At a recent hangar party, I met a woman who owns a very nice Piper Cherokee.
We can't be flying all the time, though some would prefer it. I admit I'm a lousy spectator.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be flying in close formation with another airplane, seeing the tiniest movement of an aileron, the heat curling from the exhaust? ...
In 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. ...
As a kid in love with flying and all things related to it, I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid for it.
I was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.
After going to an air show in Canada and a competition in Wisconsin in 1983, I knew that flying aerobatics was what I was meant to do.
If you love what you do, you're not really working, but being an air show pilot is a mixture of hard work and hardly working.
I love early mornings in Tsavo. ...
Recently, I came across The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Rush, 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.
If 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.
This summer, I've had the good fortune to fly OV-10 Broncos out of the Chico Air Attack Base.
If you ask the average high-school student today about working as an airline pilot, you might get more questions than answers.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St Louis from New York to Paris non-stop, defining exploration for the 20th century. ...
When I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
Pilots sit on their butts a lot. We might want to stay in shape.
My 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.
Aviation is the greatest science known to man simply because every other mental discipline comes into play each time an aircraft takes flight.
I'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?"...
We're all part bird, aren't we? We have wings, but unfortunately they're only a steely imitation of the real thing.
For the first time since the great crash of 2008, we've heard nothing but optimism (though some of it was cautious) during interviews for our annual aerospace careers feature.
Pilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.
We all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
I'm still learning to fly. Even three decades after earning my private pilot certificate at 17, I'm still a student pilot, and I'm okay with it. ...