Dan Vandermeer submits this “simple tip to help keep flight training consistent: I advise student pilots to routinely schedule three lessons ahead. [Read more…]
This column is for the optimists — those rare individuals who read the same tea leaves as everyone else, but see an entirely different future. They see potential. They recognize opportunities.
Yet they are the very same folks who squeeze a dollar until it squeals, resist opening their wallets unless it’s absolutely necessary, and keep their credit card frozen in a block of ice in their kitchen freezer.
I am an undeniably optimistic cheapskate. Welcome to my world.
I am also a pilot and an aircraft owner. But remember, I’m a cheapskate. A tightwad. A penny pincher extraordinaire. So cutting the cost of my aeronautical exploits down to size is a big deal. It’s necessary, in fact. [Read more…]
Backcountry Pilot‘s Zane Jacobsen readily admits the inspiration for his latest 1 Minute Film: “In the grip of the wet El Nino winter, dredging up nearly 3-year-old footage from a warmer season can help the seasonal-affective disorder. How about a gaggle of CubCrafters Carbon Cubs playing on some river bars that are currently under several feet of water?” [Read more…]
Electronic devices surround us. Personally, I think they are descendants of bunnies. They seem to multiply just as fast.
And with that rapidly growing population of electronics comes a voracious appetite for power. Power is easy to come by if you are at your home or office. But what if you’re on a cross-country (aerial or ground-bound)? What if you’ve gone camping or are otherwise off the grid? [Read more…]
The Sport Air Racing League has offered open course cross-country speed air racing since 2007. All pilots and all fixed-wing propeller-driven aircraft are eligible to participate.
“Yes, any pilot can be an air racer,” organizers note. “The Sport Air Racing League offers a legitimate racing experience in a safe, fun and fair environment.” [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, during the approach to landing, the RV-9A’s propeller stopped spinning, but that the engine continued functioning normally. He subsequently made a forced landing to a field near Apopka, Fla. [Read more…]
Robert Blankenheim recently sent in this photo, taken at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California, explaining: “I recently became a private pilot this past September. This is one of my favorite pics this year.” [Read more…]