Here we go.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced Oct. 19 “the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” [Read more…]
Whenever I tell a group of pilots that I also fly helicopters, there’s always one guy in the group who says he can’t stand them.
“I hate those things,” he’ll spew. “They’re unpredictable when they’re flying in the pattern. You never know which way they’re going to fly.”
Helicopter pilots learn early in their training they have to cede the right-of-way to all other aircraft, yet other pilots don’t seem to know this. When I try to explain that fact is in the Aeronautical Information Manual, I still get, “I don’t care. I still hate ’em.” [Read more…]
My wife and I were having a perfectly lovely time. We were situated in a corner booth at Egg Haven, one of my home town’s more popular eateries, as our waitress whirled through the room with an energy level that seemed impossibly high for a Sunday morning.
We were engaged in an activity long time married couples rarely do. We talked to each other. Face to face, too. I mean, we really talked. Ideas were exchanged, dreams were fleshed out, concerns were aired, and disagreements were but a minor inconvenience.
All in all, things were good. Then my eye wandered away from the restaurant to an abandoned building across the street that has, to be kind, seen better days. There, below a window with 16 panes, only three of which were still intact, were the words, “Optimism can save the world.”
Think about that for a moment, if you will. [Read more…]
Not all pilots fly their own wings. For a variety of reasons, many frugal pilots choose to rent aircraft.
They may not fly enough hours to justify owning. They may own a simple aircraft but sometimes rent specialized planes for more capacity, IFR flights, or to add new types to their log book.
There is no specific point at which frugal pilots should consider getting rid of their plane for lack of use and renting. [Read more…]
Aviation news outlets and social media are buzzing with the news that Quicksilver Aeronautics is closing its factory. For example, one online news source is calling the event a “dissolution.”
This is not incorrect as it comes directly from a document previously issued by Quicksilver’s lawyers (see more below). However, letters from lawyers often portray things in very black and white terms and the situation is somewhat more nuanced than that.
For several years, I have known the principals of the company — Will Escutia and Daniel Perez — and spoke with both of them Oct. 20, when the news became public. What follows is directly from the horse’s mouth, as they say. [Read more…]
Whatever you might think about how your airport operates, or how the local FBO sets its rates, or if it’s time to build a tower at your field or remained non-towered, eventually you’re going to disagree with the folks in charge.
Alternatively, if you are one of the folks in charge, you’re going to disagree with your airport’s tenants and users at some point.
At such times, it pays to have a strong sense of perspective, a willingness to lighten up a bit, and a basic understanding of conflict resolution techniques. [Read more…]
Regardless of the endeavor, success comes as a result of focus, determination, and persistence. Admittedly, that’s not exactly a revolutionary idea.
The steps required to facilitate those points are somewhat more mysterious, however.
Many an entrepreneur has failed even though their idea, product, or the service they intended to deliver was well suited to the marketplace. More often than not, the difference between success and failure has to do with the clarity of the mission they’ve set themselves on.
Your local airport probably suffers from this exact problem. [Read more…]
“Light-Sport Aircraft are too expensive. I thought they were going to be affordable.”
Statements like these are too common, but not particularly accurate.
Some superbly appointed Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) are rather expensive at $150,000 to $200,000. However, many carbon fiber LSA are half the price of a new Skyhawk 172, although they can fly faster using 50% less fuel while providing 10 inches more width inside. Does that make them pricey or simply more than some want to spend?
Fortunately, affordable choices are available. Let’s look at four relatively affordable alternatives. [Read more…]