Photo by Brian Lockoff, courtesy of Goleta Air and Space Museum

VFR sectional? There’s more to know

Posted on August 14th, 2014 by

One way to avoid mid-air surprises is to know where likely traffic is coming from. That’s easier said than done outside your local area. It’s really tough for new pilots still learning the ropes. When I was a student in... Continue Reading →

GA issues stalled until after election

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is now on its summer recess. Members will reconvene Sept. 8 for a session of just two weeks and two days. Once it adjourns Sept. 23, the Congress won’t meet again until after the November election. This is... Continue Reading →

Transitions and trade-offs

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by

Go with me on this. It’s a good story. Annie was a 15-year-old mutt who came to us through the local pound. She was past her date for euthanization when we found her. Somehow her paperwork had been lost, buying... Continue Reading →

Presence of mind

Posted on August 5th, 2014 by

The first time I took the aircraft controls away from a copilot, it was from a Marine Corps aircraft commander. He’d flown in Iraq. He’d balanced his Sikorsky CH-46 Sea Knight transport helicopter — a twin-rotored behemoth — off the... Continue Reading →

Our contradictory spectacle

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by

It was an epiphany. Not to the extent of Archimedes jumping from the tub and running through the streets naked. For one thing, I was having lunch, not a bath. For another, I was not naked at any point during... Continue Reading →

China to have effect on GA manufacturing

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — China will have a greater effect on the manufacture of general aviation aircraft than it will on commercial airliners, a Senate committee was told Thursday at a Congressional hearing discussing. domestic challenges and global competition in aviation manufacturing. Continue Reading →

What’d you say?

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by

Several years ago I had the great pleasure of being a restoration specialist at Tom Reilly’s Warbird Museum in Kissimmee, Florida. It was there I got to put my Airframe and Powerplant certificate to work rebuilding a B-17, maintaining a... Continue Reading →

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Why hasn’t FAA acted on ADS-B loan guarantee for GA?

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Why has the FAA not taken action on implementing a loan guarantee program for general aviation to prepare for the mandate for ADS-B equipment three years after Congress passed a law approving it? That is a question... Continue Reading →

Searey Feature

Flying the Searey

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by

I’m retired, so officially every day is a day off. But I do a lot of writing and lately, I’ve been looking for a little more fun in my new home state of Florida. Last week, I kicked around some... Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: Tips to troubleshoot high oil temps

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by

Q: I have a 1998 Maule with an O-360 engine. I have the original needle oil temperature gauge, as well as a JPI-730 engine analyzer, and they both read the same temperature during all phases of flight. My annual was... Continue Reading →