Spins: A fun way to conquer complacency

Matthew Kiener and Byron Hamby. Photo by Reece Minerley


Our lessons leading up to the private pilot certificate are riddled with procedures preparing us to handle a myriad of emergencies that may arise in normal flight. We practice landing with a dead engine, what to do if our engine or avionics catch fire, the radio stops working, or our instruments fail us, yet we spend little time with upset training.

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Advice on choosing an airpark


An airpark developer who makes presentations annually at Sun ’n Fun and Oshkosh says potential airpark residents need to do a better job of asking questions and evaluating the merits of flying-oriented communities before buying a lot or a home and hangar.

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Air Race Classic update: Our team makes the finish line

GAN contributing writer Amelia Reiheld participated in the Air Race Classic with partner Linda Keller. Here’s their latest blog post:  It wasn’t a flawless race, it wasn’t without its challenges, but we got here to Mobile, safe and sound, and even though we weren’t able to leave Borger, Texas, until noon, we crossed the finish line at Brookley Field a good 19 minutes before the deadline.

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Flying in the Air Race Classic

GAN contributing writer Amelia Reiheld and her partner, Linda Keller, will take off in the Air Race Classic June 21. We’ll follow their adventures online, but first a look at how the partnership began:

What have I gone and gotten myself into this time? It started simply enough. Complicated things usually do. I heard via the grapevine that there was a woman based at Alabama’s Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) planning to fly the Air Race Classic this year, joining the all-women cross-continental airplane derby. Happening to be in my hometown visiting, and sniffing a possible story, I gave Linda Keller a call. Soon I was sitting across from her at the FBO. “So,” I began: “Tell me about this air race, what it involves, and why you’re doing it?”

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Coast Ranger #1 still flying high


Back in the 1950s, if you wanted to build your own experimental airplane from a “kit” with all the plans, builder instructions, and parts provided, you were out of luck. This was the era of the scratch-built experimental airplane. If fact, you were lucky if you even had formal plans. Fast-forward to 2011 and just about all of that has changed. But one thing that hasn’t changed is a product of that early homebuilding era: The Coast Ranger #1, which is still flying today, doing what it was intended to do — be a low-cost, easy-to-maintain and, most important, fun-to-fly airplane.

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Escaping a downdraft

Bill Schroeder (Photo by Teresa Schroeder)


The sky is clear, visibility is unlimited, and the early morning air is cool and calm. You decide to take that trip to the mountains that you have always wanted to do, but never seemed to have the time.

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Trimming trees



“Any new ideas regarding the trees?” someone asked. A group had gathered to discuss, among other things, the trees at the end of several New Jersey runways, forcing the implementation of displaced thresholds. These trees are on adjacent properties and oftentimes the land owners are less than receptive to our plight. That question launched a discussion that should have been as unnecessary as it was frustrating.

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