Hard science needed in avgas issue, not politics and fads

Posted on January 7th, 2010 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR from TOM MULLER, Poland Spring, Maine I was impressed with Michael Kraft’s thoughtful article on the replacement for 100LL (Guest Editorial: Beware the “sound bite solution: There are no easy answers to the complex avgas issue).... Continue Reading →

The reason we fly is what is important

Posted on December 14th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR I am responding to Charles Spence’s request for comments about a name for GA that describes how we use our airplanes without separating the reasons for flight (Is there a better name than general aviation?). At... Continue Reading →

Time for a new name?

Posted on December 13th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: Charles Spence’s Capital Comments, “Is there a better name than general aviation?“: I absolutely agree. General aviation does not cut it. The word general is equal in context to “average” — and nothing wants to... Continue Reading →

More on the Land of Perfect

Posted on November 18th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR As an “old guy,” who has been an active pilot for 56 years, I applaud Deb McFarland’s March 20 column, “The Land of Perfect.” Having been fortunate to learn to fly in J-3s/Cessna 120s/140s, I judge... Continue Reading →

A proper burn out procedure

Posted on November 17th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR I would like to comment on the spark plug “burn out” procedure discussed in Paul McBride’s Sept. 4 column, “Tips to reduce spark plug fouling.” Operating lean really troubles me. My mechanic son observed a Mooney... Continue Reading →

A license to forget

Posted on November 16th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR As a mere private pilot, I was horrified to learn the bill recently passed by Congress requires airline pilots to receive training in actual stall recovery. Every pilot knows this is one of the most basic... Continue Reading →

Defending the slip on approach

Posted on September 17th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thank you so much for defending the slip on approach (Short Final: The Land of Perfect). My husband and I fly a Kitfox we built in 1994 (ours), a 1968 Cardinal (mine), and a 1972 Skylane... Continue Reading →

Who should pay?

Posted on September 14th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I recently completed my Experimental amateur homebuilt aircraft and was ready to have the Certification Inspection completed. I contacted my local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and requested to have one of the maintenance inspectors perform... Continue Reading →

Going after Joe Six-Pack

Posted on September 11th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: Ben Sclair’s Touch & Go column, “Let’s attract the money,” in the April 3 issue: Though I find much of what you say accurate, I don’t think it entirely covers or tenders a plan to... Continue Reading →

Oil analysis saved the day

Posted on September 11th, 2009 by

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: Paul McBride’s column, “TBO: 2,000 hour or 12 years,” in the June 23 issue: This is absolutely the best article I have ever seen on the subject. I started oil analysis every 25 hours the... Continue Reading →