In 2005, Hill was appointed the lead volunteer for northern California for the newly created FAASTeam. Hill committed to starting a monthly aviation safety seminar series. All he needed was a venue. [Read more…]
Frugal pilots and others heavily lobbied their representatives on H.R. 1848, the Small Airplane Revitalization Act and it passed unanimously – 411 to 0 – on July 18, 2013. A similar bill was soon passed by the U.S. Senate (S. 1072) and signed by the President that November.
The legislation recognized that since 2003, the U.S. lost an average of 10,000 active private pilots a year, partially due to a lack of cost-effective, new small aircraft. The Great LSA Hope of 2004 was that light-sport aircraft and the new sport pilot certificate would revitalize the recreational end of general aviation. [Read more…]
Just shy of a year ago I launched on a new endeavor. It was an exciting task. It was unique. It was a bit daunting, too.
In all the world there was only one other person doing what I was doing on a full-time basis, and she was nearly 3,000 miles away. Kay Sundaram took the territory known as Southern California, while I staked my claim to a massive sandbar commonly referred to as Florida. Our job was to begin the process of turning around the dwindling numbers of pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the good old U.S.A. [Read more…]
In my last column, I did an update on the status of the 100 motor octane unleaded fuel programs by the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) steering group members, as presented at Oshkosh. In this column I would like to talk about my visit with George Braly from General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) about the company’s unleaded avgas development, which is not part of the PAFI program. [Read more…]
“I got my LoToJa start time, did you?” my husband casually asked one day when I arrived home from work. Hmmm, no I hadn’t seen an email.
Come to think of it, I hadn’t seen any emails from the LoToJa headquarters since I registered for the event back in April. I made a mental note to look into it the following day, but didn’t think much about it. After all, I had been a LoToJa finisher for the last eight years so I’m sure everything was on track for another year.
LoToJa, short for Logan To Jackson, is a one-day, 206-mile bicycle race that winds through three states and over 8,000 vertical feet of mountain passes. [Read more…]
Hanging just above the desk in my office is a lithograph called “The Dealer.”
The artist’s signature is included just below his mustachioed nose. It’s a self-portrait of Kurt Vonnegut, a profoundly influential writer who did more than anyone else to push me in the direction of the literary arts.
Beside it is a thank-you note from the truly great and entirely underrated Earl Morrall. Earl played second-string quarterback for the Colts, behind Johnny Unitas, and the Dolphins behind Bob Griese. In 21 seasons with the NFL he established the model of what a quiet, stoic leader looks like. It was in Miami he did the impossible, leading his team through an undefeated season that culminated with a Super Bowl victory.
Yes, I collect autographs. [Read more…]
When the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) was introduced, much ink (physical and digital) was spilled on the many shortcomings of Senator James Inhofe‘s proposed legislation.
Many complained about the initial limitations of only being able to carry one passenger to no more than 10,000 feet in VFR only conditions using a driver’s license as a medical certificate. [Read more…]
This past Friday I enjoyed the company of nearly a hundred close friends, most of whom I’d never met before.
The event that brought us together at Gilbert Field (KGIF) in Winter Haven, Florida, was the annual meeting of the Seaplane Pilots Association. Members gather for this once-a-year event, arriving by land, sea, and air. I have to admit, I made my way to the meeting on a motorcycle, but only because I live within spitting distance of the field. Given the opportunity, I’d have flown in, as so many did. [Read more…]
Q: Paul, I hope you are still answering these questions, as your experience with these engines will help set me at ease or push me to investigate further. I have an 0-320 Aerosport Power engine in my airplane and I put a new prop on it recently, which is a much better performance prop for my plane, but I have seen temperatures higher than what was our norm since that change. But based on your comments I read, maybe this is not a problem. [Read more…]
So, there I was, high, hot and too close-in for even a chop-and-drop approach. What to do?
I was steaming into a nearby airport situated next to Tampa Bay. The morning’s mission was to meet a neighbor for breakfast at the airport’s quite-capable restaurant. It was a bright, sunny morning, with excellent visibility.
I’d never landed at the field before, but I had it in sight from maybe 10 miles out. [Read more…]