Internationally awesome

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by

Last week I spent some time in Washington D.C. I had business in the area, but like most of us, when I get in the vicinity of the Mall, the monuments, and the Capital building, I find myself wanting to... Continue Reading →

Possible terrorist threats keep GA vigilant

Posted on September 28th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When conditions in the Middle East erupted and President Obama unleashed air power on the Islamic State, officials at many general aviation organizations here became jittery over ISIL threats to retaliate on American soil. If there is... Continue Reading →

Six movie companies given OK to fly drones

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The drones are coming. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta revealed at a news conference Sept. 25 that six aerial and video companies have been granted permission to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the... Continue Reading →

The Black Hole Departure disaster

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by

A dark cloud has recently settled on the general aviation community from the fatal airplane crash of Babar and Haris Suleman. They were a father and son pilot team who were attempting to fly around the world. They had become... Continue Reading →

An Alaskan adventure

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by

“It’s like a magic carpet!” This is how my friend Wilma described the Cirrus SR22T on a recent trip from Seattle to Anchorage and back. A few weeks prior to my departure, I was talking about my upcoming flight to Anchorage... Continue Reading →

On choices, options, and being a cheapskate

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by

News flash: I have just finished eating a $16 bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. That’s nothing. Last night I feasted on a $25 hamburger. Neither meal was unique, memorable, or impressive in any way other than the price. I feel... Continue Reading →

Third-class medical reform caught in government maze

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It started two-and-a-half years ago and there is still no clear end in sight. It’s another example of apparent government slow — or no — action. In March 2012, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and... Continue Reading →

$67.80 per hour for a C-172? Huh?

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by

How’d you like to rent a Cessna 182 for $110 per hour? Or a Cessna 172 for $67.80 per hour or a Cessna 150 for $51.76 per your? Oh, and those rates include fuel. Did that grab your attention? Ohio... Continue Reading →

gas-pump

Questions abound on FAA’s news about alternative fuels

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by

Was it only me, or did anyone else find the press release by the FAA announcing that it has selected four fuels for further testing to replace 100LL this fall to be a bit peculiar?  In case you you missed it,... Continue Reading →

Ivy and Savannah

I just saw my future — I hope

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by

The young lady in the photo is my oldest daughter, Savannah. An hour before I snapped this picture, she thought we were driving five hours to Spokane for a little father-daughter bonding at last month’s AOPA Fly-In. Nope. Friend, General Aviation... Continue Reading →