FAA interpretation of cost-sharing flights raises cautionary flags

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A recent ruling by the FAA regarding share-the-expense rides raises a cautionary flag for private pilots to be sure they are in compliance with not-for-hire regulations. The FAA issued a legal interpretation after several groups launched programs that brought together... Continue Reading →

AirPooler wants FAA clarification on ride-sharing interpretation

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steve Lewis, co-founder and CEO of AirPooler, says the FAA’s announced interpretation of flight-sharing-costs is causing confusion among pilots and urges the agency to clarify what it means. The FAA’s position, he said, is based on a... Continue Reading →

Action, reaction, over-reaction

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by

In the political arena opinions are rampant. Facts are often scarce, and statistics are often tweaked until reduced to little more than useless gibberish designed to support an otherwise unsupportable argument. This is true in every town, every state, and... Continue Reading →

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 →