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 →

Cool running

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

Do you remember the days before digital watches or clocks? When we were asked for the time, the answer usually would be something like “It’s almost 2:30″ or “About 1:15.” Then came digital timekeeping and the answers became “2:28″ or... Continue Reading →

Cruise Control — Some tips to help you determine your airplane’s actual cruise speed

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

A first time buyer recently asked me to clear up some confusion about significant differences in cruise performance and range between a ’75 and ’76 model of an airplane he was considering. When reviewing some of the various web sites... Continue Reading →

Recoveries:As with flying, preparation is the key to regaining medical after surgery

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

From mid-November of last year until mid-February of this year, I was at “non-flying” status while recovering from surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear. I used the time as effectively as I could. I put my Cardinal RG in... Continue Reading →

Personal Airline

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

For those of us who use general aviation to travel, conversations often come up comparing the use of our airplanes to the commercial airlines. This has become a major issue since Sept. 11 and the absolute mess the commercial airline... 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 →