Slam Dunk

Posted on September 8th, 2005 by

I don’t care how well you think you are ready for an emergency, nothing beats professional training to make sure. Continue Reading →


Posted on January 6th, 2005 by

It’s pretty common for the family and close friends of a pilot to consider that pilot “the only one I’d feel comfortable flying with.” It’s no different with my family and non-flying friends. (Those friends of mine who do fly... Continue Reading →

Who said that? — The best radio conversations are the shortest

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

As we take to the skies, one thing is certain: we will eventually hear some interesting stuff over the electronic airwaves. Continue Reading →

Owner’s Handbook: Bahamas 101

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

A few months ago, my column addressed pilots as SCUBA enthusiasts, and the subject of combining flying with dive destinations. The excellent response I received from that column only enforced my belief in the flying-diving connection. Continue Reading →

George — A new autopilot makes the trip easier

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

In June, I flew my plane 38.4 hours, of which 37.3 were all cross-country. I was in IMC for 15.9 of those hours and shot two localizer, two ILS, and two GPS approaches — and all six were to within... Continue Reading →

Considering companions — Two hours of truth telling goes a long way toward making them more comfortable in the plane

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

As July rolled around this year, so did another chance to host a regional fly-in for Cardinal owners. The North Carolina event has taken on more of a training emphasis and it’s gratifying to see how many owners traveled great... Continue Reading →

Owner’s Handbook: Cream of the crops

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

Light aircraft are trainers, check-runners, news gatherers, ambulances, taxis, tour guides, fire fighters, police patrollers and family haulers. That’s what general aviation is all about. Continue Reading →

In the zone

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

My Cardinal RG recently returned to service after a pretty extensive annual inspection. The 12 months leading up to that annual were good because not one trip was canceled due to maintenance problems and only one trip was delayed. Continue Reading →

Magic Formula? — No, but educated guesswork is required to figure hourly operating costs

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

As a result of my recent columns about cost of operation, I was asked if I had a “magic formula” for my calculating those costs. No, there is no magic formula. Certainly some “educated guesswork” has to be employed where... Continue Reading →

Diving into flying, Part 2 — the Bahamas

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

In the last issue, I addressed how many pilots are also SCUBA enthusiasts, and how flying to dive destinations can satisfy both interests in one trip. I also mentioned that I would soon be returning to the Bahamas to try... Continue Reading →