The Frugal Pilot: Barter and trade

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by

If your flying budget is tight — like mine — there are many ways to cut your flying costs without spending a lot of money. You can borrow, rent, trade or barter for some of the things you need. Not... Continue Reading →

Light at the end of a long tunnel of decline

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation might be seeing some light at the end of the long tunnel of decline, according to comments from officials from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) at their annual “state of the industry” press conference. Continue Reading →

The great ones use leverage

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by

A fairly bright man from the ancient world said something to the effect of give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it on, and I can move the world. Admittedly, it’s been at least 2,200 years... Continue Reading →

Mentoring: Your Role As Mentee

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by

If you are being mentored or plan to be someday in the future, this post is for you. We can all benefit from having a mentor, no matter how experienced we are. Last time I wrote about the role of... Continue Reading →

FAA forecast shows growth in turbine planes and sport pilots

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The long-term outlook for general aviation is favorable, even though the slow growth of the U.S. economy has affected near-term growth, according to the FAA, which released its forecasts for the years 2014 to 2034 today. According... Continue Reading →

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What we can learn from funny looking birds

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by

Over the holidays, we took our family on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. It was one of the greatest trips that I have had. On one of the islands, we were waiting to be ferried back to the ship,... Continue Reading →

Déjà vu in president’s latest budget proposal

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON. D.C. — Anti-general aviation measures in President Obama’s proposed budget for 2015 will keep GA’s alphabet groups busy working Congress to once again defeat the same issue they have fought in past years. The main proposals affecting aviation are:... Continue Reading →

The next wave in LSA

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by

Even as we come to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule in 2014, many general aviation pilots have only recently become fully aware of this large and growing fleet of more than 134 designs. Let me... Continue Reading →

Aviation saves the day… again

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by

The story, true from start to finish, could not have been written better. In fact, it could serve double duty as a math problem so many of us recall from our time in school. A young high school athlete needs... Continue Reading →

Bill to eliminate medicals for more pilots introduced in Senate

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three members of the U.S. Senate introduced a bill Tuesday, March 11, which mirrors one introduced in the House of Representatives last December, which would eliminate the medical requirement for non-commercial pilots flying day VFR below 14,000... Continue Reading →