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Article: Favorite Aviation Moments

The other day, I made one of those “out in the morning/back in the afternoon drives” to Los Angeles for lunch with my daughter.

Article: What’s Up With WAAS?

I was fortunate to discover GPS early on. I was on my way to the 1991 Paris Air Show in the one and only prototype Swearingen SJ30 business jet, and had stopped for fuel in Greenland.

Article: 24 Hours: Death Valley

Humans need adventure, stories and new experiences. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard friends talk about the millionth approach to the same old runway, but I still listen because I love to fly.

Article: Helping Haiti

It started with an e-mail sent to my partner, Brian Reiff. Bahamas Habitat was looking for pilots with high-performance singles or twins to fly earthquake relief supplies to rural Haiti.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy

“Minute Man traffic, light-sport one three four X-ray entering downwind for runway three, Minute Man.” “Minute Man traff...

Article: Fear & Preparedness

As he sat in my office and we prepared to leave for the airport after three hours of ground school, he hesitated for a moment, locked eyes with me and said, “Look, I have to tell you something.”

Article: To Korea, With Luck

My buddy Jeff Kopps of the National Weather Service in Monterey, Calif., had predicted headwinds out of Santa Barbara, and as usual, he was right. ...

Article: Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke

Ever had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?

Article: Flying Into Isla Grande

Growing up in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, I lived at the top of the Hotel Columbus.

Article: The Science, The Art, The Realities

Anyone who has flown for more than 10 minutes has developed an idea of what defines the perfect airplane.

Article: When Slower Is Better

Contrary to sometimes misinformed opinion, a Mooney is one of the easier airplanes to land. Contrary...

Article: The Common Thread

You may not think that “learning to fly” and “mountain flying” fit well in the same sentence, but I urge you to reconsider.

Article: Danny’s Dream

Why would any kid want to do that?” That was the social worker’s response to my offer to take any child flying for free—that is, any child who was a patient at the local cancer center for children.

Article: The Grandfather They Only Thought They Knew

A few minutes ago, I finished reading an official document in which a gentleman I knew, a lawyer, had put himself up for questioning by another lawyer.

Article: Speed Is Life

As 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.

Article: Caravan To Seoul—The Prequel

If you saw Jurassic Park, then you may remember the scene where Jeff Goldblum describes chaos theory as a mathematical discipline where the results of any given problem are never totally predictable, no matter how carefully conditions are...

Article: 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 t...

Article: Air Capital Tanker Chase

As a flight test engineer for the Boeing Company assigned to Wichita, Kans. (“the Air Capital”), I’m among the fortunate people who truly love their work. ...

Article: Air Shows As GA Rallying Point

As 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.

Article: The Paranoia Of Landings

I had been hired to fly a Cessna 340 from Torrance, Calif., to Glasgow, U.K., on an Atlantic tour with the owner in the right seat. The first four days of the trip had gone well. We had departed Torrance, stopped in Denver and made it to Ohio the...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Matchmaking...For Pilots

Webster should put a picture of a human under its definition of “adaptability.” Webster should put a picture of a human under its definition of...

Article: The Little Runway That Started It All

People often associate memorable flights with a particular aircraft or airport. Others subscribe to the notion that the journey is more important than the destination.

Article: P-51 At Twenty One

As the fighter taxis by, the sound of 12 hot-water Merlins crescendos, crackles and pops as the early-morning sunlight glistens off the silver paint highlighting the name Glamorous Glen III—the markings of Chuck Yeager’s Mustang from the 357th Fighter...

Article: Pilots N Paws

Like many of you, I’ve owned dogs for as long as I can remember, probably longer.

Article: Listen Up!

All of us will reach a stage in life when we’ve lost or are losing friends (as they slip away physically, mentally or both).

Article: My Secret

I have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the aviation community. I have a secret that I’m going to let fly with the...

Article: Backstage With A Rock Star

“Rock star.” It’s a phrase you frequently hear when talking to Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft in Los Angeles, Calif. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"108329",...

Article: Cross-Country Cubbing

Some things in life make sense. Others do not. For instance, flying a 65 hp, 75 mph cruise J-3 Cub 650 miles from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania does not, by most definitions, make sense.

Article: Reflections On Inner & Outer Flight

Why are we so fascinated by flight? What draws us to it? What makes flight so special? Why are we so...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Three From The Heart

Weeks into the New England summer season, which, as of July 4, is more like an extended March, I’m feeling a serious need for some LSA speed. ...