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 →


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 →

Leaders, followers, and picking your mission

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by

Like it or not, most of us are followers. That’s not a bad thing. It’s not a good thing. It’s just a thing. A description of the way things are. A stand-alone fact. Most of us follow someone else, a... Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: What spark plug is best for my airplane?

Posted on September 4th, 2014 by

Q: Can the Champion 37BY plug (either REM or RHM) be used on a Lycoming O-360 A1A engine? My concern is that the piston may hit the plug tip. Is this a valid concern? DAVID M. GITELMAN, via email Continue Reading →

The next decade of LSA innovation

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by

At AirVenture Oshkosh this year, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) mounted a very visible celebration of Light-Sport or Sport Pilot-eligible aircraft. The exhibit drew dense traffic throughout the week by offering a large cross section of the aircraft types and... Continue Reading →

Exit ramps, profit, and Yourtown USA

Posted on September 1st, 2014 by

It is well known in most circles that airlines travel on highways in the sky. Admittedly, most folks don’t know those highways are called airways, but the name is logical, whether the general public knows it or not. However, few... Continue Reading →

License or certificate?

Posted on August 31st, 2014 by

If you pilot an aircraft, you probably tell friends you have a pilot’s license. Right? Maybe. What you have now is a pilot’s CERTIFICATE. The FAA issues LICENSES for commercial space transportation. Continue Reading →

NTSB wants your thoughts

Posted on August 31st, 2014 by

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comments regarding its proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures. The agency proposes to organize its procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to... Continue Reading →