Pipistrel’s Panthera and Mogas

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by

The news posted last week by Flying came as a shock — Pipistrel announced delays in the production of its sleek new Panthera four-seater due to Lycoming’s decision not to certify its IO-390 for mogas as originally planned. Continue Reading →

Mentoring: What is a mentor?

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by

With all this talk about mentoring, we need to clear the air on just what it means to be a mentor. Unfortunately there isn’t a manual or rule book that tells you how to be a mentor, at least not... Continue Reading →

VIDEO: ‘We want these [drone] companies to be very successful’

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by

AOPA President Mark Baker at last weekend’s Northwest Aviation Conference said, “We want these [drone] companies to be very successful,” in response to a question from Washington Pilots Association President Les Smith. Listen to Mark’s comments for yourself in the... Continue Reading →

When the obvious is not obvious

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by

What’s obvious and beneficial to one person may be a total mystery to another. Continue Reading →

I found the next generation

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by

I found the next generation of pilots. But depending on where you read this, you may or may not like it, and you may or may not understand it. Of the 55,996 (as this was written) fans of our Facebook... Continue Reading →

Sell the sizzle, not the steak

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is not much talk openly about it here, but the steady decline in the number of general aviation pilots has some GA advocates concerned. Continue Reading →

The changing face of general aviation

Posted on February 20th, 2014 by

By LEN ASSANTE The Dec. 20, 2013, issue of General Aviation News showcased general aviation’s “up and comers,” a group of innovators who are passionate about changing this industry for the better. I have had the honor of meeting some... Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: What’s causing vibration?

Posted on February 19th, 2014 by

Q: I recently installed a new three-blade propeller in my Comanche 250 with an O-540 engine. After the first flight I noticed a vibration when I decrease the rpm to 2400 or below, so I had the prop dynamically balanced.... Continue Reading →

Mentoring: Sharing the magic

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by

Flying is such an amazing experience, I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t think it’s cool on some level. Because of this mindset I have a real passion for seeing our industry flourish — most of us do. It’s partially selfish,... Continue Reading →

Clearing obstacles

Posted on February 17th, 2014 by

Making great progress isn’t worth much if you don’t know where that progress will lead. There’s an old joke about travel that ends with the subject proclaiming, “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m making good time.” Continue Reading →