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. ...
We're about to kick the sacred cow that is peripheral vision right in the butt and, in the process, probably generate a bunch of letters to the editor. ...
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.
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.
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.
When I'm signing autographs on the flight line, people like to tell me their stories about flying.
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.
Yeah, I got my license, but then I got married, had a couple of kids and got engrossed in building my career, so I didn't fly for a long time. ...
Precision and approximation: These are contradictory terms that, when applied to flying, have more to do with the pilot's mind-set than they do with skill. ...
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.
Like so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.
Making the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.
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.
It's not only general aviation that faces a pilot shortage.
Pilots are a conscientious group. We do preflights, use checklists, and respect our physical and technical limitations.
As it prepares to celebrate its 28th anniversary, ATP has grown into one of the largest and most highly respected professional flight-training academies in the world. ...
We all love stories of how people are seduced by aviation, but it's just as interesting to know what keeps them out.
The faster I go, the harder I want to pull back on the yoke. The grey turns into blue, and all I see is sky.
My most memorable flying experience was on September 20th, 2011, when I got my copilot checkout in Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29.
Over the years, I've made frequent mention of a controversial number: "safe turnaround altitude."
Risk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.
A fellow pilot once asked, "How long does it take to check out on skis?"
I listened carefully to the clearance on the first go-around, shook my head in exasperation, and wondered if the controller had been a trumpet player in a previous life. ...
From two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.
Yes, I know. There aren't many of those procedures in use, and even when they're available, controllers are more likely to issue a circle-to-land clearance on the standard localizer/ILS.