History’s mysteries, from above

Posted on October 31st, 2013 by

This year marks the 150th anniversary of a momentous year in American history. Events in and around 1863 changed us forever and left their traces on the land. We pilots have a “box seat” over such visible history in places... Continue Reading →

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Dumb mistakes and dumb luck

Posted on October 7th, 2013 by

The other week, we Florida east coast residents enjoyed a strong, refreshing breeze — welcome tonic after a long summer. The weatherman said it was out of the north, but flags on the beach weren’t parallel to the surf. Reminds... Continue Reading →

Canceling the Big Show

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s decision to cancel its annual convention and trade show made news this month. It certainly shows movement instead of “business as usual” under new president Mark Baker. I have some perspective to offer and... Continue Reading →

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A Pink Aeronca? Not your imagination…Hers!

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by

This is a tough one to write. But let’s take it from the fun part and get to bad news later. It’s about Elaine Huf, a lady who contacted me years ago about buying and restoring an Army/Air Force L-16.... Continue Reading →

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A new life for this old veteran?

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by

Its nose is seemingly tucked up to the Chevy dealership across the street in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. But this piston-era behemoth is in for more than an oil change. The Perna family wants to complete a DC-7-based restaurant for... Continue Reading →

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GA in the military

Posted on August 4th, 2013 by

There are warbirds at every airshow. Oshkosh, of course, is a feast. But what always grabs me are the veteran GA aircraft adapted for military use. They say to me that “our airplanes” are not toys, but capable, useful flying... Continue Reading →

Overwater lessons for Oshkosh and other summer fun

Posted on July 25th, 2013 by

Some of us will be flying the Great Lakes soon to reach AirVenture or otherwise cruising some lake, bay, sound or shoreline towards cooler weather. I thought I’d call up last January’s ditching in the Hudson River Corridor to ponder... Continue Reading →

Still a mighty interesting way to run an airport

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by

It’s still going great guns — one of America’s most unusual airports. Complete with Western theme buildings, 28-room on-airport motel and airplane-shaped swimming pool, it’s the recreational center of its community. And this one-time “aeronautical dude ranch” lives on in…wait... Continue Reading →

Fly conservatively this July 4 holiday

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by

This holiday weekend, give an extra thought to flying safely. I have a special reason to ask. And that experience still gives me pause each July 4 weekend since 2002 when I had a “box seat” for a base-to-final stall. Continue Reading →

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An aviation musical to bring in the kids?

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 by

At best, it sounded like a novel idea: SUN ‘n FUN would write and stage a musical for local Florida schools to interest kids in flying and aviation careers. Nice community relations for the newly expanding SUN ‘n FUN mission,... Continue Reading →