An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. A recent 144 days stint as commander of the International Space Station (ISS) saw him post hundreds of spectacular images to Twitter (@Cmdr_Hadfield) which earned him more than 1 million followers.

In addition to still images, Hadfield interacted with students from the ISS on subjects as mundane as How to Wash Your Hands in Space and How to Make a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich in Space and his Space Oddity cover of the David Bowie song has been viewed on YouTube nearly 20 millions times. [Read more...]

Blog: ‘A Starship in the Wild’ conjures up wonderful memory

Ron Rapp is a pilot and blogger. His blog is called The House of Rapp and his Jan. 20 post, A Starship in the Wild ,conjured up a wonderful memory.

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Podcast: Around the pattern with

The pilots behind (Al Waterloo and Marc Epner) host a weekly (Sunday) podcast. I joined Al and Marc on Jan. 12 and discussed the publishing aspect of the aviation industry for 30 or so minutes. Via the magic of the internet, you can listen at your leisure.

Weather Flying

In the fifth edition of “Weather Flying,” often regarded as the bible of weather flying, Robert O. Buck (son of the book’s original author) delves into how “computers, personal electronic devices, electronic flight instrument systems, and other technologies are changing the way general aviation pilots fly weather.”

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VIDEO: Tie down your airplane

A short video showing the importance of tying down your airplane.

Aviation tax reform…indeed

Jeff Smisek is the CEO of United Airlines. His CEO Letter in the November issue of Hemispheres Magazine was titled, “Aviation Tax Reform,” which caught my eye.

“The taxation system across transportation modes is broken, and airlines and our customers are paying the price for this irrational structure,” laments Mr. Smisek. The government imposes “17 different taxes and fees” on his customers and his airline.

The CEO of one of the nation’s preeminent carriers is calling for a simplified tax structure for the airline industry. You have my support Mr. Smisek.

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Gleim releases new exam guide

The familiar red cover remains, but after listening to customer suggestions the new “Private PTS and Oral Exam Guide” from Gleim Publications is the result.

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‘Cubs to Bonanzas’ shares a 65-year perspective from a pilot’s eyes

Many a pilot ponders penning their life in the cockpit. Few meet that goal. Dr. Richard A. Komm learned to fly in Piper Cubs in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri. Today, the flying octogenarian owns and pilots a B-35 Bonanza.

The journey between humble beginning and today is the subject of  his new book, “Cubs to Bonanzas.” Being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Komm delivers an insight to grass roots flying from a unique perspective.

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Video: Your landing gear doesn’t extend…

A post maintenance flight in a Cessna 210 results in a gear up landing. This YouTube video shows a remarkable landing using only the tail and an extended nose gear.

I don’t think it could have gone better.

You might want to lay off the cookies Santa…

Dear Santa,

I hope this letter reaches you in time. It has been a bit hectic lately, so I’m a little late. Wait, why am I telling you this? You already know. This year, I only want three things:

Prompt certification for lead-free avgas: [Read more...]